Leaders are too strong for Dalziel

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Dalziel remain without a league win after going down 38-6 to RBS Championship A leaders Cartha Queen’s Park on Saturday.

In their penultimate home game of the season Dalziel started strongly, returning the kick-off into Cartha territory, before Cartha conceded an early penalty.

Dalziel v Cartha Queens Park

Dalziel v Cartha Queens Park

Unfortunately Ross Donnachie’s kick fell short, but four minutes later Donnachie took a second chance for three points after Cartha were offside on their own 22.

Donnachie then extended his side’s lead to six points after a Dalziel maul was collapsed illegally by the visitors.

Cartha opened their account with a try after 33 minutes when, from a scrum inside the Dalziel 22, the ball was spun out wide before being popped back inside for second row Ross Gillies to score. Wayne Burrows was unable to convert to take his side into the lead.

Five minutes later Cartha forced Craig Lewis to touch down in goal and from the resultant scrum, they attacked narrow with Gillies barging over again, this time under the posts.

Burrows slotted the easy conversion to take the score to 12-6 to Cartha.

Dalziel almost had a score of their own in added time in the first half. Craig Simmonds intercepted a loose pass, but slipped and was unable to get the offload to Donnachie, who was clear of the Cartha defence.

Early in the second half, Donnachie kicked Dalziel clear of their line, but Cartha returned the ball at pace and were able to pass the ball out to Ross Aitken to score out wide. Burrows was unable to convert, but his side were now 17-6 up.

Cartha’s fourth try came from another kick through, the ball bouncing wickedly for Anton Campbell, but nicely for Grant Sneddon to gather and score under the posts. Burrows again converted.

Two minutes later Cartha conceded a penalty deep in their own half and Scott Johnstone took the tap quickly to put Dalziel onto the front foot. Unfortunately, the killer pass was deemed forward with the try line beckoning.

Cartha upped their game and scored their fifth after 73 minutes.

Another kick through was gathered by speedy winger Tony Nyangweso, who fended off two defenders to score to the left of the posts. Burrows converted to extend the lead to 31-6.

Burrows then sneaked through to score a try of his own before converting to finish the scoring at 38-6.

Next week the second XV host Glasgow Academicals, while the third XV host old foes Hamilton.

Both games will be prior to the Scotland v England game which will be on the big screen in the club house.