Saints chalk up a well-deserved win at last
Saints started well with a stiff breeze behind them. Andrew Wilson kicked an early penalty to give them a lead by 3 pts after Dalziel knocked-down when trying to intercept a certain overlap. Dalziel pressed hard for the rest of the first quarter but the Saints defence held firm. Defence turned to attack and Sam Hiddleston scored after good set-up play by Saints’ forwards. The conversion was missed.
Dalziel hit back with a penalty – taking the score to 8 – 3 for Saints.
Andrew Wilson went off with a leg injury after kicking a high up-and-under. Tom Hiddleston came on as substitute and made an immediate impact by increasing our range of kicking and by hitting two penalties before half time. One of which was 15 m in from touch almost on half way. Unfortunately, Saints’ recent injury jinx struck again when Will Green came off with a badly swollen hand.
The half-time score was a fair reflection of the play – with Saints leading by 14pts to 3.
Dalziel were reduced to 14 players at the start of the 2nd half when one was shown the yellow card for persistent infringements. Down to 14 maybe, but Dalziel rallied and scored a converted try to bring them back into the game at 10 – 17. They then had their best spell of the game.
Saints’ Ally Mather was sin-binned for pulling the maul down inside the 5m line. However, Saints again weathered the Dalziel storm and eventually got back in front when Tom Hiddleston picked up at the base of a ruck and dived over for a blindside score. The conversion was missed to leave the final score Dalziel 10 – Saints 22.
Squad – Graham Gemmell, Craig Bryson, Euan Laverty, Sam Hiddleston, Andrew Wilson, Michael Rennie, David Kennedy, Craig Goldie, James Jackson , Roy Dunlop. Will Green, Stewart Kennedy, Ally Jackson, Ally Mather, Dougie Crichton, Euan Mack, John Carlisle, Tom Hiddleston