Competition: BT West Division 1 V
Opposition East Kilbride RFC
Where: Away
When: Saturday 25th November 2017
Kick Off 12.30
Current Form: East Kilbride
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This Season:

So on Saturday, the 1st XV travel to East Kilbride for their first league game since the 14th October. The break due to Autumn internationals, Shield games and postponements.

Annan have only played 5 games so far in the league (some teams are up to 10 games played!) and so will be glad just to get another game under their belt.

East Kilbride were challenging for the 1 promotion spot but a few unexpected loses means they are probably looking at a top 3 finish at best. Not a bad season though!

The West 1 league is looking like a battle between Allan Glens and Garnock. With Kilmarnock perhaps challenging. These 3 teams are Annan's next opponents as well!

So combined with East Kilbride (who are currently in 4th) - this run of games will be Annan's hardest of the season by a long way.

Previous Encounters:

So we travel to East Kilbride for the 10th time at a 1st XV competitive level and for our 18th match up.

East Kilbride hold a lead over Annan with 9 wins to our 6 (with 2 draws)

We first played East Kilbride back in 2001 in the BT Cup. Our first league meeting was in 2003. East Kilbride won both these encounters,

We last met just over a year ago when we drew 20-20 at Violetbank.

The average score in this game has been Kilmarnock 20 v Annan 19 so I expect a similar scoreline on Saturday. With perhaps Annan scoring 2 points more than their average!

My prediction for the game: A James Bigham drop goal in the last minute for the win!

Annan 1st XV Squad: Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, R Gracie, R Hetherington, N Coupland, D Nordon, E Braid, C Bell, S Haren, J Whiteside, J Bigham, A Torbett, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey, C Wallace

Replacements: T Sloan, J Kirby, D Wyllie, M Thorburn


NEXT MATCH
Competition: BT West Division 1 V
Opposition Garnock RFC
Where: Away
When: Saturday 2nd December 2017
Kick Off 14.00
Current Form: Garnock
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1st XV record since 1991/92 season v 2017/2018 West 1 opponents
As at 28/10/17 Home Away Overall
TEAM P W D L P W D L P W D L WIN %
Allan Glens 7 5 1 1 7 1 0 6 14 6 1 7 42.9%
Cambuslang 8 6 0 2 6 4 0 2 14 10 0 4 71.4%
Carrick 4 2 0 2 5 1 0 4 9 3 0 6 33.4%
East Kilbride 8 3 1 4 9 3 1 5 17 6 2 9 35.3%
Garnock 6 3 0 3 6 2 0 4 12 5 0 7 41.7%
Greenock Wanderers 4 3 0 1 5 2 0 3 9 5 0 4 55.6%
Helensburgh 3 2 0 1 3 1 0 2 6 3 0 3 50.0%
Irvine 7 3 0 4 5 3 0 2 12 6 0 6 50.0%
Kilmarnock 13 9 1 3 11 2 0 9 24 11 1 12 45.8%
Oban Lorne 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 4 0 0 100.0%
Stewartry 12 10 0 2 12 6 0 6 24 16 0 8 66.7%
OVERALL 75 49 3 23 70 26 1 43 145 75 4 66 51.7%