Blacks lose out at Annan
Danny Boyd chip ahead to their try line but TJ McCarney stormed back to the home 22 where a high tackle penalty saw th pressure maintained with a kick to the corner.
Then, with seven minutes on the clock, Craig Mosey chipped another penalty to the posts where Robert Austin won the race to touch down for the opening try, Mosey converting.
Annan hit back and, after four minutes of constant pressure on the Stewarty line, broke through at the posts for the equalising try and conversion.
Annan’s strength at the lineout saw them make progress up the field and they came close a couple of times with chips into the corner but the ball went dead on both occasions.
It was all Annan before Porteous and Hogg stopped the charge and Muir cleared to halfway.
Stewartry regained the initiative as Maxwell replaced the injured Kerr and Hogg again made ground with a charging run. Boyd, Porteous and Austin took play into the Annan 22 as the referee blew for half time.
Stewartry brought Amos on for Broll and Taylor for Henderson at the start of the second half. Within two minutes Annan took the lead with some quick passing and a lovely inside pass from McCann to fullback Wallace who raced in to score between the posts. McCann added the points.
Stewartry again took a scrum against the head taking the play to the Annan 22.
The game flowed back and forth but both teams were defending well.
On 56 minutes Annan attacked down the left wing, dragging the Stewartry defence with them, only to quickly pass the ball out right for a third score in the corner. The conversion was missed.
Stewartry drove forward with Porteous, Amos and Austin taking play to within 15 metres of the Annan line where pressure from the Stewartry pack saw a yellow card awarded to an Annan forward in 65 minutes.
From the penalty scrum Stewartry drove over in the corner, Hogg touching down. Mosey converted to leave Stewartry five points adrift, 19-14.
But their glory was short lived and five minutes later Annan broke down the slope for a fourth bonus point try in the corner. The conversion was missed.
Stewartry have Oban Lorne, who are one place below the Blacks, as visitors this week at Greenlaw which has now become a must-win game.
Stewartry squad – all played: J Muir, L Davidson, T J McCarney, R Austin, S Milligan, C Mosey, J Picken, S Broll, D Boyd, I McMorran, A Kerr, L Henderson, R Porteous (c), S McCulloch, S Hogg, K Amos, D Maxwell, M Taylor, D Thomson.
Somewhere under the rainbow... Oban Lorne under-18s against Stewartry under-18s