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ANNAN v ARDROSSAN
BT WEST RESERVE DIVISION 2
21ST OCTOBER 2017

ARDROSSAN SNEAK IT

Match Report by: Alan Robertson

Annan 1st XV were left without a game at the weekend when Cambuslang were unable to raise a team to travel to Annan on Saturday in West 1 of BT Regional Leagues.

So it was left to Annan 2nd XV to provide the rugby entertainment on Saturday afternoon. As Violetbank was waterlogged the game against Ardrossan Accies 2nd XV in West 2 of the BT Regional Reserve Leagues was played at the Everholm.

The game played in a constant drizzle was a close affair with both teams’ defensive work cancelling each other out for the most part.

The visitors were first on the scoreboard when they scored towards the end of the first half. Their try was not converted but they held onto their lead for the remainder of the half.

The home side upped their game in the second half and held sway territorially for large portions of the half.

Their efforts were eventually rewarded when standoff Andy Allison battered his way over the whitewash to score. With centre Adam Carlyle adding the extra two points Annan led by two points.

Annan retained the lead for most of the second half only to have victory snatched from them with less than 10 minutes to go when the visitors were awarded a penalty which the converted to take the points.

Final score: Annan 2nd XV 7 v Ardrossan Accies 2nd XV 8.

As one of the Annan players was heard to say ‘a 1 point defeat feels worse than a 70 point defeat’

Annan Squad: M Crombie, S Livingston, R Martin, I Thorburn, D Kerr, C Smith, W Gray, G Graham, R Brown, A Allison, L Johnson, A Carlyle, D Ferguson, B Jamieson, G Lynch, C Grant, P Schooler, J Ogilvie, M Carpenter, M Neeley, S Muir


HILLHEAD/JORDANHILL v ANNAN
BT WEST RESERVE DIVISION 2
30TH SEPTEMBER 2017

HILLHEAD TOO STRONG

Match Report by: Dennis Ryan

Annan’s second string travelled up the M74 to play Hillhead/Jordanhill 2A.

The home side started strongly with 2 quick tries from direct running rugby and some good off-loading.

Annan’s defence struggled to maintain position and gain any real momentum in attack throughout the first half, although set piece was working well.

Half time score: Hillhead 36 – Annan 0

After a worthwhile chat at half time the Annan side started to show some camaraderie in the second half, playing much more physical attacking rugby.

A ‘jinky’ brake by centre Alan Rae saw him caught short of the line but managed to off load to second row Gavin Graham who drove over the line for Annan’s first score.

Annan started to put good phases of play together with some strong carries from Mathew Crombie and Ryan Arthur. Hillhead still took their opportunity’s well in the second half despite some brave defence.

In the closing stages of the game Annan mounted another strong attack. They were rewarded by their efforts when Gavin Graham crashed over from 8 meters out to get his second score of the day. The extras added by Andy Allison.

Full time score: Hillhead 58 - Annan 12.

Despite the score line Annan proved what they are capable of in the second half with the pick of the forwards being Gavin Graham and in the back’s Alan Rae.


ANNAN v KILMARNOCK
BT WEST RESERVE DIVISION 2
2ND SEPTEMBER 2017

LAST GASP WIN FOR THE LADS!

Match Report by: Dennis Ryan

Annan 2nd XV took to the pitch for their opening game of the season at home to Kilmarnock XV.

It was a lively first few minutes from both teams with no score until around 15 minutes into the game. Kilmarnock struck through their heavy forward line scoring the opening try which was duly converted to put the home team 7 behind.

From the kick off Annan battered at the visitors line for a sustained 15 minutes and were eventually rewarded with a try from prop Ronnie Martin with Andy Alison missing the conversion.

On the restart Annan applied the pressure again leading to a try from Andy Alison, again unconverted.

With little time to the break Annan dropped their guard as the visitors 15 went on a lengthy run through four missed tackle scoring in the corner. With no conversion, the half time whistle blew with the score at 10-12.

The second half was as lively as the first with both teams having solid defenses but again the visitors taking the initiative through their forwards and scoring an unconverted try.

The latest score seemed to spring Annan into action and some superb ball handling through the forwards and backs ended in a try for winger James Kirby again unconverted. Time was fast running out and Annan were trailing by 2 points 15-17.

The Annan team surged for one last attack which was thwarted by Kilmarnock but illegally giving Andy Alison a last minute opportunity to take the game which he did as the whistle blew 18-17.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: R Martin, S Livingston, R Brown, J Graham, A Carlyle, C Smith, G Lynch, D Ferguson, J Kirby, A Allison, P Schooler, G Graham, W Gray, l Trussler, M Neeley