Sep 30 2010 by Andrew McGilvray, Hamilton Advertiser
HAMILTON emerged with a bonus-point win and the bragging rights from the first match at their revamped Laigh Bent following some extensive summer work.
This result maintains second place in the Scottish Hydro Premier 3 table for Hamilton, while their Motherwell visitors slipped down to sixth in the table.
In front of a large crowd David Sutherland kicked off for Hamilton towards Mill Road and David McGrath led the charge to secure possession for the Bulls.
The ball went to Craig Inglis and he burst forward, winning the first scrum of the game.
John Selfridge picked up at the back and went wide, forcing Dalziel to concede a penalty, which Sutherland put to the corner.
Richie Maxton rose to take the line-out and the Bulls pack gathered around their skipper and drove towards the line, with Chris McGeogh dropping with the ball for the opening score after just two minutes.
In true derby spirit Dalziel came roaring straight back at their hosts and Craig Simmonds tried to make things happen.
When Ronald Strydom tried to run ball out from full-back he was stopped by South African referee Kevin White, who awarded a penalty to Dalziel, which Ross McAuley put into the corner.
Simmonds secured lineout and set up a good drive before going over himself for the try, which was converted by Robert Simpson for a 7-5 lead.
The scoreboard changed immediately, however, when Ross Inglis slotted over a penalty for 8-7.
Hamilton stretched that advantage when the pack drove and McGrath took a strike against the head, Selfridge picked up and knocked defenders out of his way as he charged towards the line, going over for the second try. Again Ross Inglis was short with the conversion, but the hosts led 13-7.
Strydom pushed forward again and although he was stopped just short Hamilton were up quickly to win the scrum.
Selfridge picked up, offloaded to Stevie Turnbull and he linked well with Sutherland to play in Ross Inglis, and the winger went in for try number three, this time converting for 20-7.
However, Dalziel were determined to make a game of it and McAuley kicked through for Ross Donnachie and Antony Mitchell to chase, taking the Motherwell men deep into Hamilton’s half, where the Bulls conceded a penalty.
McAuley added to the pressure when he put the kick into touch at the corner, setting up a sequence that saw the referee penalise Hamilton on several occasions, yellow carding Robert Cowie and then Maxton, before giving a penalty try to Dalziel, which Simpson converted for 20-14.
Coach Dale Lyon sent on experienced David Gemmell to replace Gareth Payne as the Bulls, down to 13, tried to hold out for the final eight minutes to the break.
Dalziel stepped up the pressure but Hamilton kept things tight to reach half-time and then the additional minutes of the second half until both players had returned from the sin-bin.
Hamilton were back to full strength and looked to attack, but Dalziel took advantage of a penalty to clear their lines, eventually winning a lineout five metres from the Hamilton line.
Kris Watters secured ball before Donnachie nipped in for a tryto make it 20-19.
Unfazed by this Hamilton struck back and Maxton supplied Strydom with good ball which he took deep in Dalziel territory.
Stopped short, ball was recycled for Selfridge to cross the whitewash, which Ross Inglis converted for27-19.
Hamilton were looking to finish off the game and when David Gemmell ripped possession from Steven Findlay the ball went wide for Craig Inglis to take forward before setting up brother Ross for the try, which he also converted for 34-19.
With time running out Dalziel crossed the line for a bonus try through Craig Lewis, before a late penaltyby Ross Inglis made the final score37-24.