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ANNAN 2ND XV v CARRICK
TENNENT'S WEST RESERVE DIVISION 2
23RD FEBRUARY 2018

GREAT EFFORT BUT NOT QUITE ENOUGH

Report by Gav Lynch

On Saturday 23rd Feb Annan twos hosted Carrick two's in a double header fixture. With recent performances & player availability being very positive since Christmas and a Carrick side on a little bit of form recently a close game was expected.

For the first 28 minutes this was the case as neither side could get past stubborn defences. With Carrick having a bit more of possession it came to no surprise that they were able to break the deadlock first. an unconverted try gave them a 5-0 lead.

Some very poor discipline and decision making from Annan, the score quickly moved to 15-0 with two unconverted tries scored. Only for some excellent tackling from Finlay Laurie, Declan Ferguson and Ben Conroy the score remained the same till halftime.

The Annan coaches had plenty to discuss and with the wind now behind them sent a resurged Annan side back out for the 2nd half. Credit to them all as they dominated the 2nd half with some great breaks from Michael Thompson, Stuart Livingstone and Max Thorburn putting pressure on the stubborn Carrick defence.

With 20 minutes of the match left Annan felt they had scored a try when the impressive Finlay Laurie bust through a tackle and drove himself over the line, the referee however deemed the ball to be held up and a 5m scrum was given instead. with pressure increasing and Annan looking the most likely team to score it was a massive blow when Carrick broke through and scored a break away try, yet again unconverted. 0-20 and unfortunately that is how it ended.

A massive improvement in the 2nd half and if not for the 15 minutes of madness in the first half this could have been a different outcome. Well done to a good Carrick side who like ourselves, seemed to struggle to raise a squad before xmas.

So some positives to come from this game with stand out performances from Finlay Laurie and Michael Thompson.

We now travel away to Hillhead this Saturday and as always, we're always looking for players old or new. Please get in contact with 2nd team coach Gavin Lynch if interested.


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.