West finish season with convincing win

Dalziel vs West of Scotland
Dalziel vs West of Scotland

This was West’s final game of the seaon and they went out in style beating Dalziel 27-10 away from home.

The Burnbrae lads also got the bonus point on what was an excellent pitch despite the wet winter.

West took full advantage of a Dalziel mistake just after kick-off. When their number 10 dropped the ball it was picked up by Leask Carnegie who ran from his own 22 past three defenders to score under the posts. Ross MacAulay converted to make it 0-7 after only a few minutes.

Jamie MacAuley nearly got to the line after a driving maul, but was stopped short. West then gave away a series of penalties for breakdown offences, Dalziel’s Ross Donachie scoring from one of them to make it 3-7. The next period of the game was dominated by handling errors, with scrum following scrum.

West increased their lead when Alan Sharkie grounded from a driving maul, unconverted to make the score 3-12. More Dalziel penalties for breakdown offences followed, and as tends to happen under those circumstances, West’s Andy Ritchie was sin binned. It didn’t make much difference as West‘s 14 remaining men held Dalziel at bay successfully for the 10 minute yellow card period. Once Andy Ritchie came back on, Richie Tran nearly scored after a good passing move. Dalziel illegally brought down a driving maul, resulting in a yellow card, and Andy Ritchie turned hero when he grounded from a driving maul. Ross MacAulay converted to make it 3-19 at half time.

Half time saw the rain come down and Dalziel trying hard to peg the scores back. Although they had most of the territory early in the half, West held out well, securing a turnover near their own line at a key point in proceedings. The rain was now a factor and many handling errors from both sides led to a series of scrums.

Dalziel did manage to pin a try back from a move off the base of driving maul and converted it to make it 10-19. It was all West after that, with a sweeping move featuring an excellent run from Jamie MacAulay ending in Angus Thompson scoring the bonus point in the corner unconverted, 10-24.

Ross MacAuley ended the scoring with a long range penalty just before the end to make the final score 10-27. West will be in National League 3 next year alongside Dalziel and Dumfries Saints, and will hope to improve on this year’s 8th position.

West team: Vallance, Dawson, Fullerton, Simpson, Sharkie, Thomson, Love, Ritchie, Fisken, MacAulay, Carnegie, MacAulay, Tran, Cuthbertson, Hunter. Replacements: MacDonald, Brand, McClymont.