Dalziel win sets up drop decider

TOUCH DOWN: James Baxendale crosses the line to score.
TOUCH DOWN: James Baxendale crosses the line to score.

Dalziel earned a crucial win in their battle to beat the drop when they hammered Murrayfield Wanderers 65-8 at a blustery Dalziel Park on Saturday.

The victory lifted the Motherwell side out of the bottom three ahead of Saturday’s final fixture showdown with BT National League Division 3 relegation rivals Hawick YM - with the winners staying up.

Despite already being relegated, Murrayfield made an impressive start but Dalziel broke upfield to win a penalty which Darren Moon converted.

But Murrayfield hit back with a well worked try from a driving maul which put Dalziel 5-3 down and under pressure.

However they responded to the challenge to take command with four unanswered tries

First over the line was Cameron King who, thanks to excellent support play, scored under the posts with Moon converting.

An excellent driving maul then saw Crawford Reid score a well deserved try which Moon again converted.

After another sharp break from King the ever impressive James Baxendale, running a superb support line, crashed over for a try which Moon again converted.

And just before half-time King again showed his class with a beautifully timed run. Once more Moon was on target with the conversion and Dalziel were 31-5 up at half-time.

Dalziel continued in the second half as they ended the first as scrum half Ross Donnachie chipped the oncoming full-back and collected the bouncing ball to score near the touchline. Despite the angle and the howling gale Moon again converted.

Baxendale added another try, Moon continuing his amazing kicking display with another conversion before finally missing a kick after King completed his hat-trick of tries with another well timed run.

Veteran Eddy Ferguson rolled back the years with a superb run from the halfway line to score under the posts and Baxendale completed his hat-trick.

Murrayfield converted a penalty before Moon did the same to complete the scoring.

The second XV also had a victory to enjoy as they won 15-13 at Ardrossan.

Centre Danny Lavelle got their opening try and Craig Lewis got a second before adding the conversion.

Ardrossan scored a penalty before half-time, then added a further converted try and penalty to edge ahead 13-12 early in the second half.

But Dalziel worked their way up the field, before Ardrossan gave away a penalty and Lewis coolly slotted the kick to give Dalziel victory.