Dalkeith nerves settle

Portobello v Dalkeith

Portobello v Dalkeith

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Dalkeith travelled to Cavalry Park, Portobello, for their first league game of the season, after promotion to East League 1 last season.

Several regulars were missing from the squad due to injury, including club captain Davidson, but Dalkeith fielded new recruits, Andrews and Tait in the engine room and Cowie at scrum half and Halliday, was dragged out of retirement due to a front row shortage.

The visitors began brightly and forced Portobello into giving up two early penalties, Clugston went for touch with the second, only for the fierce wind to hold the ball up and allow Porty to clear. A midfield penalty then allowed the home side to make some ground into the visitors defence, before Clugston stole possession in the tackle and shipped the ball on quickly to the supporting Hamilton, who after making good ground into space behind the Porty defence, popped to Reid The burly centre made 20m before the Porty defence closed in, but Naylor was in support on Reid’s shoulder and took the pass, before he outsprinted the home defence for the opening try, 0-5.

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