2nd XV - Report
|Dalziel 3rds||7||vs||10||Clydebank 2XV|
2nd XV go from strength to strength
While the first team done the business at Whitecrook, the seconds continued their winning form with a 4th consecutive win in the league. In a physical encounter the Bankies came on top 10 – 5 against Dalziel
On a chilly late winter afternoon Clydebank set their stall out early showing they were not afraid to run at the opposition. The only thing letting them down was a very wet ball that refused to stay in Clydebank hands for any length of time. Dalziel used their weight in the scrum to provide a base for their scrum half however the Bankies back line had tremendous defensive line speed and did not allow Dalziel space to run.
Forcing the home side into covering kicks, winger Jack Fraser was given ample opportunity to stretch his legs and show his attacking potential. Clydebank maintained this pressure for much of the first half not allowing Dalziel the opportunity to break tackles while the Bankies themselves varied their attack with the backs showing their slick passing and the forwards offering support at all times.
Dalziels defence held strong but finally gave way. After taking a quick penalty the visitors shipped the ball wide but couldn't break the try line. Dalziel were offside at the breakdown, Clydebank played the advantage but couldn't convert this into points, the referee came back for the penalty which was taken before Dalziel could sort their defensive line. 2nd row Peter Watson received a delayed pass which opened up space for the former centre to barrel over the line. Jack Fraser scored the conversion making it 7 – 0 to the Red and Blacks.
With better handling Clydebank were pushing further and further up the park looking dangerous. David Bell's attempt at a drop goal went nowhere but he knew Clydebank had advantage from a previous infringement so there was no harm done. At Dalziel's 22 yard line Jack Fraser had the opportunity to add 3 more points onto the total, which he coolly took; 10 – 0 going into half time.
The second half was a less thrilling contest from a neutral perspective but for Clydebank they will be happy their defence held strong for so long. In the 75th minute Dalziel bundled over for a try which was unconverted. The last 5 minutes was a nervous 5 but the visitors held out for the 4 points and the much coveted win.