Tough en­counter for War­riors

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - READER TRAVEL -

broughton Ladies ................... 36 an­nan War­riors ...................... 19

The un­beaten War­riors trav­elled to Ed­in­burgh to face Broughton Ladies in a top of the ta­ble clash on Sun­day.

The game kicked off at high tempo with both teams hop­ing to score and gain early con­trol.

Un­for­tu­nately for the War­riors it was Broughton who had the lion’s share of pos­ses­sion in the early ex­changes and fol­low­ing some big car­ries from their for­wards broke through to score after eight min­utes to take a 5-0 lead.

From the kick-off Broughton gained con­trol of the ball and put pres­sure on the War­riors de­fence with a con­stant bar­rage of big run­ners test­ing the usu­ally res­o­lute An­nan de­fence. From a trans­gres­sion the Broughton kicker took the op­por­tu­nity to con­vert a penalty to push them into an eight point lead.

Fi­nally the War­riors man­aged to get the ball and string some phases to­gether which re­sulted in Jane Ste­wart scor­ing her 11th try of the sea­son which Malv­ina McGeoch con­verted to close the score to 8-7.

With both teams well matched, the re­main­der of the half played out un­til, with pretty much the last two plays of the half, the usu­ally strong An­nan de­fence was bro­ken to al­low Broughton to score two quick tries which were both con­verted to take the half time score to 22-7.

After words of en­cour­age­ment the War­riors kicked off the sec­ond half with the knowl­edge that the next score was cru­cial for them to help main­tain their un­beaten run.

Un­for­tu­nately for the War­riors it was not to be and Broughton gained con­trol once more scor­ing fur­ther tries on 51 and 60 min­utes to take a 29 point lead.

With this and a num­ber of in­juries picked up dur­ing the game to Ab­bie Clark, Kayleigh War­rick, Kim Tay­lor and Jane Ste­wart you would have ex­pected the game to be over but the War­riors dug deep and at­tempted a come­back.

Gain­ing the greater part of pos­ses­sion for the last 20 min­utes al­lowed the War­riors to pres­surise the Broughton de­fence with the break­through com­ing on 68 min­utes from Al­lana McWil­liam who scored her fourth try for the War­riors.

The War­riors pressed hard but were held out, how­ever, with the fi­nal play of the game, Na­dine Barnes forced her way over to score a con­so­la­tion try tak­ing the fi­nal score to 36-19 to Broughton Ladies.

So all in all a tough day at the of­fice with the War­riors tack­ling found want­ing at some points and a num­ber of in­juries be­ing picked up.

Broughton were a more ex­pe­ri­enced and well drilled team on the day and are sure to be in the run­ning for pro­mo­tion come the end of the sea­son. An­nan’s player of the match went to Marie Parker. An­nan squad: Marie Parker, Lind­say Kyle, Caro­line Aitken, Ab­bie Clark, Na­dine Barnes, Chelsea Barnes, Kirstie Aitken, Kayleigh War­rick, Ni­cole Barlow, Malv­ina McGeoch, Jane Ste­wart, Abbi McCall, Al­lana McWil­liam, Lorna Vev­ers, Kim Tay­lor. Subs: Me­gan Alexan­der, Rachel Arm­strong, Jenny Park (all used).

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