Tough encounter for Warriors
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).