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ANNAN v MOFFAT RAMS
13TH JANUARY 2018
100% START TO THE YEAR CONTINUES
Match Report by: Neil Moffat
Annan’s second string took to Violetbank paddock to play a last minute friendly against Moffat who also had their league tie postponed.
Both sides started strong with Moffat having the upper hand in size but not in the physicality as first blood came from Annan full back Stephen Clark scoring under the posts after a 50 metre dash. The first half continued with both teams wanting to play free flowing rugby but finding it hard with heavy conditions under foot.
Annan went in to the break with a narrow lead thanks to a try from Zac Lockerbie after some good team build up.
Half time score: 17 -10
The second half started the same way the first ended with the Annan pack working very hard in both attack and defence. Moffat had the upper hand in the scrum throughout the duration but failed to capitalise thanks to the sterling work rate of back rows Livingston and Goldie.
The last 20 saw Moffat apply long periods of pressure but Annan’s defence held strong to win the game 29 -17.
Annan's challenge now is to maintain this form in to the league competition next week when they host Hillhead/Jordanhill.
Thanks must go to Moffat who travelled down to give the boys a run and to Colin Warrick who refereed the game a such short notice.
For the record the Annan tries were from: Stephen Clark (2), Zac Lockerbie (1), Kieran Warrick (1) and A.N Other (1)
ANNAN v CREIGHTON
6TH JANUARY 2018
TALE OF 2 HALVES
Match Report by: Gary Coupland
On Saturday 6th January, Annan 2nd team resumed their season after a lay off of almost 6 weeks due to cancelled games, the weather and the festive break. They were initially scheduled to play a BT West Reserve League Division 2 match against Dalziel 3rd, however the game was called off at the beginning of the week as Dalziel were unable to raise a team for the match. Fortunately our old friends from Creighton Rugby Club were in a similar position so a friendly match was quickly arranged to ensure both squads got some much needed game time.
It was also heartening to see that some 26 players turned up to play for the home side, which will hopefully auger well for the remainder of the league campaign and season.
From the kick off Annan took the game to their opponents, but through some obvious lack of cohesion, fitness and poor decision making they were unable to make many opportunities to breach the Creighton defensive line. After a couple of similar near misses, one of the Creighton centres intercepted an easily telegraphed pass and ran some 70 metres to open the scoring skipping past a couple of poor tackles from the remaining Annan backs enroute. This was not converted.
A few minutes later with Annan 2nd again pressing the Creighton line, one of the Creighton players managed to strip the ball from the attacking team and after some initial fancy foot work around the stunned Annan players near to him, he ran the length of the field unhindered to double their score.
With the Annan team in a state of disarray, Creighton capitalised and through some good handling and driving play quickly scored a third try which was converted.
Fortunately the more experienced members of the Annan contingent began to exert some influence and after some good handling Callum Smith burst through the Creighton defensive line at pace to score under the posts, which was converted by Andy Allison.
The home team should have had a second a few minutes later when again after some good interchanges Stephen Clark outstripped the majority of the Creighton team to run in behind the posts, however he was adjudged to have dropped the ball at the point of scoring by the referee.
Creighton again upped their game and again scored a further two converted tries prior to half time again aided by some poor Annan tackling, defensive alignment and the home team being reduced to 14, due to a yellow card for a high tackle.
Half Time: Annan 2nd 7 Creighton 1st 31.
After a stern and apparently inspirational half time team talk by Team Manager Dennis Ryan combined with a couple of positional changes, the Annan boys commenced the 2nd half with some renewed vigour and quickly took control of the game, with better cohesion between forwards and backs, combined with better tactical use of the space available.
This soon proved fruitful when the impressive Gav Lynch, showed his class to dance past 3 Creighton defenders and score under the posts, which was converted by Andy Allison.
This was followed soon after by and impressive drive from short range by number 8 Kieron Watret who again scored under the posts, allowing Andy Allison another relatively simple conversion.
Taking advantage of Creighton being reduced to 14 due to a yellow card, stand off Andy Allison further reduced the deficit from short range however was unable to kick the conversion.
With ten minutes left and the crowd starting to hum the theme tune to the great escape, Stephen Clark took centre stage and showed his strength and speed to get through the tiring Creighton defence to score in the corner and level the scores at 31 a piece.
With only a few minutes remaining the Annan boys managed to stick in and regain possession, which eventually reached that man Clark who kicked ahead outstripping the Creighton defence, who were slow to react, to score his second. Andy Allison putting the icing on the cake with the conversion.
Final Score: Annan 2nd 38 Creighton 1st 31.
Phew! Commiserations to Creighton who must have thought they’d done enough to win the day, but well done to the Annan lads who will collectively never play as poorly again as they did in that first half, turning it round by showing some grit, determination and hard graft to get the win.
Best for Annan on the day were Gav Lynch in the backs and Kieron Watret in the forwards. On the plus side the scrum worked well and had the ascendency in parts against a big Creighton pack. When they maintain their focus the Annan lads will be a match for most if not all the teams in their league, however they need to get to training more to improve both their fitness, overall team cohesion and systems.
Thanks to the Creighton lads for what is always a hard tussle and to Colin ‘Choc’ Warwick for refereeing.
Special Mention must go to Dennis Ryan, who is standing down as 2nd Team Manager after a number of years, due to having to relocate to the Midlands with a work promotion. Annan Rugby would like to thank Dennis for all his hard work with the Club over the past few years and wish him well for the future.
In addition to snatching victory from the jaws of defeat the lads presented Dennis with a suitable leaving gift in appreciation of his contribution to the team.
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