1927's come close as Dalziel 2xv punish Hamilton in second half.
By Al Falconer
The 1927's improvement continued with a spirited and performance against our local rivals in an evenly matched and exciting match.
It was Hamilton that pushed hard in the first half with some great defensive work leading to a fantastic score in the 10th minute through Duechar. His strong running at centre quickly resulted in another quick try leading to Hamilton leading 12-0 after 12 mins. Dalziel quickly realised the threat and put pressure on both the Hamilton backline and the forwards by use of some strong counterrucking making it difficult for Hamilton to get quick ball. This pressure led to an eventual unconverted try for Dalziel.
Late into the first half Hamilton's McWhirter was yellowed and Dalziel put on the pressure. Dalziel missed a penalty attempt and with 14 men Hamiltons defence held strong and the half ended 5-12.
In the second half Dalziel came right back into the game with a try out wide cutting the deficit to 2 points...
With both teams threatening to score the game turned into a defensive battle. Hamilton's backs looked the more dangerous however a number of chances were missed leaving the visitors frustrated.
As the game reached the final 20 mins a try from a rampaging run from the Dalziel no8 took the score to 17-12.
Hamilton had a couple of chances to score but handling errors were to prove costly. Going into the last 5 mins it looked like one line break could win the game but it wasn't to be and with a number of crucial turnovers it was dalziel that pushed into the Hamilton 22 eventually scoring under the posts.
Final score Dalziel 24- Hamilton 12.