‘Lang clash couldbe close­call

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - HARDROCK CHALLENGE -

An­nan travel to Cam­bus­lang to­mor­row.

This will be the 18th clash be­tween the teams. They first met in 1997 at the Ever­holm.

An­nan ran out win­ners that day. Since then the teams have met ev­ery few years. At home An­nan have a record of played eight, won six, while away at Cam­bus­lang it’s played nine, won six. So over­all its 12 wins for An­nan six for Cam­bus­lang.

The teams met ear­lier this sea­son in the Shield when An­nan won by a point 2524 thanks to a last minute penalty kick from Jonny Cal­laghan. Alas for An­nan they had to pull out of the Shield the fol­low­ing week.

Both teams will be want­ing the win and a bonus point to keep up their top three, if not pro­mo­tion, am­bi­tions.

Cam­bus­lang have a cou­ple of games in the fol­low­ing weeks ver­sus the teams cur­rently bot­tom and sec­ond bot­tom, so they have a chance to put on a de­cent run. For An­nan, a win on Satur­day would be a great boost to take into the fol­low­ing week’s home derby match v Ste­wartry.

An­nan 2nd XV are also on the road for their lat­est league game, trav­el­ling to Ar­drossan. Their game at the week­end against Cum­nock was post­poned at the re­quest of Cum­nock 2nd XV due to a death at the club.

The play­ers will be want­ing to get some game time af­ter a stop-start to the West Re­serve 2 sea­son. An­nan are bot­tom but they have games in hand over most of the other teams. When the 2nd XV get the num­bers, they can com­pete with any team in this divi­sion.

1st XV away to Cam­bus­lang meet 11.30. Cars.

Squad: M Crom­bie, K War­rick, R Glass, N Coupland, M Thomp­son, D Nor­don, C Bell, R Heather­ing­ton, J Bing­ham, C McCann, J Kirby, J Cal­laghan, A Hal­l­i­day, H Houldey and J Whiteside.

Re­place­ments: K Wa­tret, C Smith, D Rob­son and R Brown.

2nd XV away to Ar­drossan meet 11.30. Cars.


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