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ANNAN 2ND XV v WHITECRAIGS
TENNENT'S WEST RESERVE DIVISION 2
8TH SEPTEMBER 2018

NICE START TO THE LEAGUE SEASON

Report by Gav Lynch

After a fixture cancellation last week, Annan 2nds got their league off to a start at home against Whitecraigs 2nds.

After suffering a loss in this fixture last year and with a strong squad to select from Annan were determined to start with a win. The first 25 minutes was a tight affair with both defences holding strong, though Annan made the break through when after a bursting run through the centre from David Wyllie, Stewart Livinstone run in under the posts which Ross Brown converted 7-0.

This seemed to spur Whitecraigs on and they soon pulled the game back to 7-5 when they crashed over after a couple of tap penalties on the Annan line. Though both teams had chances before half time the score remained the same till the end of the half.

At half time the coaches warned the squad about the lack of reaction and players turning their backs on the ball when penalties were being rewarded against them, so it was disappointing that 3 mins into the second half after a penalty went against us that a Whitecraigs player was able to tap and go, run past 3 players with their backs to him and score in the corner 7-10.

Credit to the lads though as they instantly regained the lead when James Bingham crashed over the line 12-10.

Annan then scored a further 3 tries in the space of 10 minutes from Debut boy Scott Nicholson, winger Callum Grant and David Wyllie. Andrew Alison with one conversion. 29-10.

Halfway into the half and Whitecraigs reduced the difference to 29-15. 65 minutes into the match and Annan increased the score to 34-15 when Andrew Alison danced his way past a couple of defenders to dive over into the corner.

With a lack of fitness/concentration from the Annan side and a resurgence from our opponents in the last 10 minutes of the game, a some what comfortable win was made very difficult when the away side scored 3 tries with one converted 34-32. That is how the match ended as a spectacular half for any neutrals was brought to an end and Annan were off to a winning start!!

Annan Starting XV: S. Nicholson, S. Livingstone, M. Crombie, D. Robson, Z. Lockerbie, W. Gray, C. Smith, I. Thorburn, R. Brown, J Bigham, J. Ogilvie, D. Wyllie, D. Ferguson, C. Grant, M. Thorburn

Subs: F. Laurie, A. Alison, L. Johnstone, D. McClure, B.Conroy (All used)

Big mention to debutants Scott Nicholson and Ben Conroy as well as a return from Danny McClure from a long term injury.

Next match is next week away to Strathendrick with all players encouraged to make a bigger effort to attend training.

Lastly a big thank you to Colin "Choc" Warrick for stepping in and refereeing the match, very much appreciated by all the lads.