Match reports for the Youth XVs
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The scoreline would suggest Annan were on the receiving end of a bit of a hiding in this game. The truth in fact is that they were not. Annan made five mistakes in the game are were punished by conceding five tries. Annan played well for large periods of the game, which was a very important test with a very important quarter final in the Glasgow U18 cup competition coming up on 23rd March against Hillhead Jordanhill at Violetbank. There were excellent displays this week from Michael Pattinson, Michael Griffen, Keith Bell, David Wyllie and John Nelson, all of will be eligible for colts rugby next season. But the pick of the afternoon was flanker Stuart Livingstone who after a slowish start covered every blade of grass and gave the PSA No 12 – PSA’s best player- a very uncomfortable afternoon.


With their Glasgow Cup game cancelled when their opponents Loch Lomond were unable to raise a team the Annan coaches were lucky enough to arrange a fixture with Kelso Colts at short notice. This was a good display by Annan Colts in which the score line does not give a true reflection of the game.

Annan started off the game looking the better side pinning the home side into their own 22 and had their chances but were unable to build on their possession and turned round at half time 17 –3 down. In the second half Annan again started strongly and substitute Craig ‘Turbo’ Earl burrowed over to score a fine try to reduce the deficit to 17 – 10. Annan, however, were unable to sustain the pressure and Kelso scored a further two converted tries to end the game worthy winners.

All in all this was a good solid team performance by the Annan youngsters but special mention must go to K. Earl, S. Livingstone, C. Moffat, K. Bell and S. McCann.


This was an evenly contested match with the second half played in atrocious conditions. Annan again were unimpressive with the only high points in the game being the two well worked tries. The first was scored by David Graham after some good movement in the backs. The second try was very similar to the first with this time Tom Bird on the end of a good passage of play and scoring his first try for the club. Craig McCann added the conversion. Keith Nelson, Stewart Livingston and Craig Moffat had impressive games and it will not belong before they feature in the 1st XV.


The second half of this game was of a high standard with some quality rugby on display by both sides with the Annan side performing something near to what they are capable of. Dalziel are a good side and played with confidence on the back of some impressive victories. The Annan squad now have few games to achieve the kind of performance, which at the end of the day they would be proud of. Next Saturday’s visit to Violetbank of Cambuslang, the league leaders, might just spark the kind of fire to produce a real cracker of a game.

Prop Keith Nelson scored an excellent try in the first half, and in the second half, winger David Graham, playing with confidence no doubt charged from the return of centre Alan Rae, scored a great try after some fine play by Annan. Craig McCann added a penalty and had another good game at stand off. Colin Rodger, Craig McCann’s half back partner, also played with confidence as did the back row of Euan Currie, Craig Moffat and Stewart Livingston. The fixture this coming Saturday against Cambuslang will take a massive effort to get a result and it should make a visit to Violetbank well worth while.

Annan Squad: K. Nelson, K. Earl, C. Crichton, J. Nelson, C. Earl, C. Moffat, S. Livingston, E. Currie, C. Rodger, C. McCann, D. Wyllie, A. Rae, M. Griffen, D. Graham, A. Lockerbie, J. Lake, T. Bird, K. Bell, R. Lavin


There is no doubt that this was a much-improved performance by the Annan squad against a very good Garnock side. Nevertheless it was still short of what this team is capable. David Wyllie worked extremely hard and gave 100% on his welcome return to the team. Keith Earl's work rate is moving towards what is expected of him and young Michael Griffen and did well and will benefit from the return to the team this coming week of Alan Rae who will give the back division more solidity and confidence.

Callum Muir was the latest of the youngsters to make his debut at this level and did well. Michael Pattison came on at half time and had another sound game. Annan's points came from 2 tries from Colin Rodger with Colin McCann adding a penalty and a conversion. This Saturday sees the visit to Violetbank of Dalziel Colts, which will prove another stiff challenge for the Annan squad.

Annan Team: Michael Carpenter, Keith Earl, Chris Crichton, John Nelson, Craig Earl, Craig Moffat, Stuart Livingston, Euan Currie, Colin Rodger, Craig McCann, Keith Bell, Michael Griffen, David Wyllie, David Graham, Andrew Lockerbie, John Lake, Tom Bird, Michael Pattison, Russell Lavin, Callum Muir.

AYR 43 v ANNAN 0

Annan got off to a terrible start in this Division 1 match in the Glasgow & District Under 18 Leagues losing a try in the opening minutes, which set the tone for the first half. The forwards huffed and puffed and the backs showed little flair or penetration resulting in Annan playing most of the half on the back foot in their own half and by half time were 24-0 down. Young Michael Pattison came on at the break for his first game at this level and performed extremely well taking good lineout ball and showing passion in his loose play. John Lake also did extremely well as second half replacement. Chris Crichton also made a welcome return to the fold after injury this week. All in all it was a much-improved performance in the second half but some woeful tackling in the back division leaked tries to the home team on a fairly regular basis.

A much improved performance will be needed for the visit of Garnock Colts to Violetbank this coming Saturday and with Michael Griffen and David Wyllie making their return this coming week the coaches are hopeful of a better outcome. Andrew Eggleton’s plaster has been removed and it is hoped that he could make his return for the Colts Cup campaign in the New Year. The coaches have indicated that they will continue to introduce youth where possible, with Michael Griffen, John Lake and Michael Pattison having made the step up successfully. There are two or three more who could introduce the commitment and passion, which is clearly missing at present. On an encouraging note, Stuart Livingston continues his very impressive form with John Nelson also having a fine game, which has reflected his big effort at training over the past three weeks.

Colts Squad: Russell Lavin, Keith Earl, Michael Carpenter, John Nelson, Keith Nelson, Craig Moffat, Tom Bird, Stuart Livingston, Colin Rodger, Craig McCann, Keith Bell, Andrew Wallace, Euan Currie, David Graham, Andrew Lockerbie, Chris Crichton, John Lake, Michael Pattison


Annan’s Under 18 team were beaten on Saturday by a better side from Hawick PSA. The home forwards played very well in phases but PSA were much hungrier for the ball at the rucks and in the loose play. A welcome return was made at No 8 Keith Nelson who played very well and now only lacks match fitness to complete his return to Colts rugby. The halfback pairing of Colin Rodger and Craig McCann continues to blossom but they were put under extreme pressure by the visiting back row.

With the half time deficit only 10 points Annan were still in the game but were unable to turn pressure into points after the break and with PSA capitalising on a couple of Annan mistakes the game was put beyond the home team. It was not all bad news for the home side as the team stuck to their tasks well but they did miss the confidence, skill and attacking threats of centres Alan Rae (appearing for the 1st XV) and Andrew Eggleton (broken wrist) but improvement overall can be seen as having been made when measured against last seasons outing against PSA.


Annan started brightly in this Division 1 fixture of the Glasgow Under 18 leagues with the discipline and enthusiasm asked for in the pre-match discussion much in evidence in the opening quarter of the game. After 10 minutes the home side were 14 points ahead firstly from a fine try by centre Michael Griffin who broke out from the Annan half to weave his way to the line and the second from winger David Graham who rounded his opposite number to score after some good work by his forwards.

Unfortunately, at this point, Annan’s work rate dropped markedly, and they struggled to get enough possession and found it difficult to cope with the big awkward Hamilton team. Prop Michael Carpenter scored a try just before half time to take the half time score to Annan 19 Hamilton 0 with stand off Craig McCann adding two conversions.

Craig McCann added a further try and conversion in the second half with centre David Wyllie scoring a finely worked try in the final quarter of the game. Hamilton scored a very late consolation try to take the final score to Annan 31 Hamilton 5. There were good performances again by Michael Carpenter and Craig Moffat whose work and commitment are a pleasure to watch. Graham Smith made a welcome comeback at No 8 but now needs to get fit again which will come with more match practice. John Lake showed up well when he came on as a replacement in the second half and Craig McCann put in another fine performance at stand off.

With several players unavailable for this Saturdays game away at Greenock Wanderers the coaches will be forced to look to youth and enthusiasm to freshen up this side who are clearly not performing to there full potential with the work rate of several players no where near what they are capable of producing which is extremely frustrating for the coaches.


Michael Carpenter and Keith Nelson were sorely missed on Saturday in this Division 1 fixture in the Glasgow under 18 league at Violetbank but when Craig McCann jinked over to score after 10 minutes converting his own try to take a 7-0 lead things looked good for the home side. Until that is it was discovered, as the points were being scored, that centre Andrew Eggleton had broken his wrist. It was down hill from that point for the Annan side. The passion and enthusiasm of the previous weeks game was absent, replaced by lethargy and some woeful tackling.

Annan played well in parts but the game really just passed the players by except for another excellent committed performance from wing forward Craig Moffat who seemed to be doing all the hard work in the forward exchanges by himself. Stand off Craig McCann had another fine game and scrum half Colin Rodger scored a brilliant individual try running it in from his own 22. Lots of hard work will be required this week in preparation for Saturday’s visit to Helensburgh. Andrew Wallace will be a more than capable replacement for centre Andrew Eggleton but everyone hopes that Andrew is a quick healer.

Annan squad: R. Lavin, K. Earl, C. Crichton, D. Wyllie, J. Nelson, C. Moffat, S. Livingston, E. Currie, C. Rodger, C. McCann, A. Wallace, A. Eggleton, A. Rae, D. Graham, A. Lockerbie, K. Bell, C. Earl


Good progress was again made this week with a tremendous all round team performance to win against a good side. (Hillhead/Jordanhill’ colts side made up of last seasons’ under 16 Scottish Champions).

The commitment and attitude of the Annan squad was first class and had to be as Annan had plenty defending to do early on and indeed in the later stages of this match. The Annan breakthrough came from a try by centre Andrew Eggleton well supported by stand off Craig McCann and centre Alan Rae with the conversion by Craig McCann taking the score to 7-0 in Annan’s favour. A fine break by No 8 Euan Currie shortly after set up a David Graham try to take the score to Hillhead/Jordanhill 0 Annan 12 at the break.

Hard work by the Annan forwards at the restart created early pressure, which resulted in Craig McCann slotting a penalty to increase Annan’s lead to 15 points, when the home forwards were penalised for killing the ball on the ground. Hillhead then turned up the pressure and Annan had to defend and dig deep for long periods but were comfortable and well organised in defence. The home side did make the pressure count eventually to take the score to 7-15 with 15 minutes to go setting up a nervous finish.

A good break again by Craig McCann and Alan Rae released centre Andrew Eggleton on the half way line who scored with a classy finish to relieve the pressure to make it 7-22 with the conversion and time was up.

This was an excellent result from Annan’s young players with the forwards working very hard as a unit with them all giving 100%. Andrew Lockerbie had a sound game at full back and the ever improving Craig McCann kicked extremely well tactically with centres Andrew Eggleton and Alan Rae outside him making the back line a very effective attacking force. Improvement was always the name of the game and this week this was achieved. Next Saturday’s game against Stewartry at Violetbank will be another test and is one that everybody is looking forward to.

Annan Colts Squad: R. Lavin, K. Earl, M. Carpenter, and J. Nelson, K. Nelson, C. Moffat, S. Livingston, E. Currie, C. Rodger, C. McCann, D. Wyllie, A. Eggleton, A. Rae, D. Graham, A. Lockerbie, T. Bird


Although Kilmarnock were playing on their home patch they could only raise 13 players for this Division 1 game in the Glasgow Under 18 leagues. With the numerical superiority it only took Annan two minutes for prop Michael Carpenter to drive over to score and with stand off Craig McCann adding the conversion Kilmarnock knew they were in for a torrid afternoon. From the first whistle to the final Annan never stopped running in tries, - an impressive 18 tries in total. With centre Alan Rae equalling the club record with 5 tries. The pleasing aspect of the teams play for their coaches was the attitude of the Annan squad who never lost concentration or their total commitment in putting Kilmarnock to the sword. Kilmarnock to their credit never gave up and battled to the last. This was the team, however, that had lost narrowly to West of Scotland mid-week by 20 points to 17. It was evident that good progress had been made during the week and with a difficult fixture away to Hillhead/Jordanhill on the 11th September it is hoped that the squad can provide the same levels of commitment and produce more of the same.

Annan scorers: Tries: A. Rae (5), K. Nelson (3), K. Earl (2), M. Carpenter (2), A. Eggleton (2), S. Livingston, E. Currie, A. Lockerbie, J. Nelson. Conversions: C. McCann (9)

Annan Team: C. Creichton, K. Earl, M. Carpenter, K. Nelson, J. Nelson, S. Livingston, C. Moffat, E. Currie, C. Rodger, C. McCann, D. Smith, A. Eggleton, A. Rae, A. Wallace, A. Lockerbie, D. Wyllie, K. Bell


With the wind and rain at their backs Annan got off to an excellent start in this Division 1 fixture in Division 1 of the Glasgow Under 18 leagues playing most of the first period in West’s half. Stand off Craig McCann slotted a penalty ans centre Alan Rae scored a fine try which Craig McCann converted to give Annan a 10-0 advantage at half time.

The second half was always going to be difficult for the home team facing the elements. West took full advantage of the wind and rain at their backs spending the first 15 minutes of the half encamped in the Annan 22 and in that period scored two tries, one converted and also landing a penalty to take a 15-10 lead. Annan played well for the remainder of the game but were unable to make a breakthrough. The home side competed well against a well drilled West side and there were plenty of positive points to take into training this coming week before next Saturdays game against Kilmarnock at Bellsland.


Annan Colts travelled to Lenzie on Saturday to take part in the playoffs between the host and Ardrossan to see which two teams would be promoted into Division 1 of the Glasgow & District Under 18 leagues.


Prior to playing Annan Lenzie had already beaten Ardrossan 42 –0 and having confirmed their Division 1 status for the coming season were understandably confident of beating Annan. Annan did not play anywhere near their potential in this game as nerves took over. They were also unable to come to grips with the disruptive nature of Lenzies’ play and some of the refereeing decisions. Nervousness was replaced with panic as time ran out. Annan’s points came from a try by winger David Graham and a penalty by stand off Craig McCann.


Ardrossan having had the advantage of a rest and the chance to cast their eyes over their opponents in the Lenzie v Annan game looked to have this promotion decider won having scored a try and penalty to a Craig McCann penalty to lead 8-3 with virtually no time left on the clock. In the dying seconds Annan were awarded a penalty under their own posts. Stand off Craig McCann took a quick tap and took off, side stepped two players to open up a gap between the Ardrossan centres and slipped the ball to inside centre Andrew Eggleton who run the length of the field, outstripping the despairing Ardrossan cover defence, to score between the posts. Craig McCann slotted the conversion as the referee blew for no side. What an end to what had looked seconds earlier a disappointing and frustrating day. Annan’s colts, who have been on the receiving end of that kind of luck several times last season, were just happy that it was now someone else’s turn, in this instance Ardrossan.

The Colt’s Division 1 campaign kicks off this coming Saturday against West of Scotland Colts at Violetbank with a 3.00pm kick off. It is to be hoped that a good crowd turn out as a good atmosphere would be appreciated. As a point of interest it is to be hoped that Andrew Eggleton didn’t have to buy his own orange juice on Saturday night.

Colts squad: M. Carpenter, K. Earl, C. Creighton, J. Nelson, C. Earl, D. Wyllie, C. Moffat, K. Nelson, C. Roger, C. McCann, A. Lockerbie, A. Eggleton, A. Rae, D. Graham, E. Currie, T. Bird, K. Bird, R. Lavin, K. Bell,


Annan travel, on Saturday, to Lenzie to play off against the host club and Ardrossan to determine who plays in Division 1 of the Glasgow and District Under 18 leagues and Saturdays’ 39-0 win at Carlisle could not have been a better confidence booster.

This was a good solid performance, which yielded six tries. Four of the tries, scored by winger David Graham were out of the top drawer. The forwards dominated in all facets of play which they must do with consistency if they are to be a force in their league. Euan Currie playing at No 8 in particular had an excellent game supported, as always, by the ever improving Craig Moffat. The front five gave a solid performance with Craig Earl and John and Keith Nelson getting fitter with every game. The Kenny White influence is already there to be seen.

The addition of Alan Rae to the back division is proving to be the catalyst which will make a trip to Violetbank to see the hard work of Andrew Lockerbie, the class of Craig McCann, Andrew Eggleton and Alan Rae and the lethal finishing of David Graham well worth the effort.

For the record the tries were scored by David Graham (4); Keith Earl(1); Euan Currie(1), Craig McCann landed 3 conversions and a penalty to take the points total to 29. Tom Bird made an excellent debut at wing forward and Keith Bell had a sound game on the left wing. Prop Michael Carpenter had the kind of game which got him into the Glasgow Under 18 squad this coming season. As for this coming Saturday, the moment of truth has arrived for this group of young men who have shown so much potential over the last four years.

Colts Squad:

Andrew Lockerbie, David Graham, Alan Rae, Andrew Eggketon, Keith Bell, Craig McCann, Colin Rodger, Euan Currie, Craig Moffat, Tom Bird, John Nelson, Craig Earl, Michael Carpenter, Keith Earl, Keith Nelson