Visitors hit back to snatch victory

Dalziel let a first half lead slip to lose 20-13 at home to Greenock Wanderers in their first RBS Championship A League game since before Christmas.

From the kick off Greenock were penalised for holding on, giving scrum half Ross Donnachie an easy shot at goal to open the scoring.

Dalziel on the attack

Dalziel on the attack

Dalziel pushed back into the Greenock half, aided by a number of penalties. From one of these, visiting second row forward Murray McDonald was shown a yellow card for throwing a punch and Dalziel used the extra man to their advantage.

A lineout was caught and driven to within touching distance of the Greenock try line. After four phases of forward play, the ball was spun out wide to Darren Moon who dived over for a try. Donnachie converted to extend Dalziel’s lead to 10-0 within the first seven minutes.

Then a Ewan Stewart break after 15 minutes took Dalziel to within 20 metres of the Greenock line. The Dalziel pack put pressure on the visitors and forced a knock on. At the second scrum a penalty was awarded, allowing Donnachie another shot at goal which he duly slotted to make it 13-0.

Greenock began to attack and after 30 minutes were awarded a penalty on the Dalziel 22-metre line. Instead of going for points, they took the scrum and from the set piece passed the ball out wide for Callum Robb to score. Kenny Diffendal slotted the conversion to pull the score back to 13-7.

As half time approached, Dalziel had a good attack halted by a late hit on Cammy King by Calum Harrison. Harrison was duly yellow-carded, giving Dalziel one last attempt for points in the first half, but Greenock turned the ball over.

Within the first five minutes of the second half, while still a man down, Greenock’s Diffendal kicked two penalties to pull the scores level at 13-13.

Donnachie had the chance to put Dalziel back in the lead after Greenock were penalised for holding on, but couldn’t cash in.

On the 60-minute mark Greenock were awarded a scrum on their 10-metre line. The ball was won cleanly and passed out wide to Gregor Fletcher who sped in from 50 metres for a try. Diffendal slotted the tricky conversion to put Greenock into the lead for the first time at 20-13.

Dalziel looked to pull themselves level with a series of scrums, each resulting in a penalty to the home team. With a penalty try looming, Dalziel took one more scrum but instead of winning a penalty conceded one which allowed the visitors to clear their lines before the referee called full time.

This Saturday the 1st XV welcome Cartha Queens Park while the 2nds and 3rds are away to Greenock and GHA respectively.