An­nan lose out to Stra­then­drick

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An­nan ................ 8 Stra­then­drick...10

Stra­then­drick fi­nally broke their duck at the sev­enth at­tempt when they nar­rowly beat An­nan for the first time at Vi­o­let­bank on Satur­day.

An­nan were prob­a­bly just the favourites go­ing into this Tennent’s West Divi­sion One match, how­ever, the Fin­try club had the bet­ter form go­ing into game.

The vis­i­tors was de­layed due to a road ac­ci­dent so the match kicked off 10 min­utes late. Stra­then­drick were also play­ing in An­nan’s away strip as they had left their strip bag be­hind.

The first half was a low scor­ing af­fair with de­fences on top and it wasn’t un­til the first half was al­most over that An­nan fi­nally scored, as prop Ryan Glass barged over for his sec­ond try of the sea­son.

The half ended not long after and al­though An­nan were 5-0 up, it was still any­one’s game.

The sec­ond half had barely started when cap­tain McCann made it 8-0 to give An­nan a lit­tle breath­ing space but Stra­then­drick scored thanks to a penalty and sud­denly it was 8-7 with just over 20 min­utes to play.

An­nan looked rat­tled and needed to score next to calm their nerves. Alas it was not to be and at the death Stra­then­drick clinched the game with a penalty.

An­nan need to re­group quickly as they have a tough away trip to East Kil­bride on Satur­day.

An­nan 1st XV squad: Ryan Glass, Kieran War­rick, Thomas Sloan, Neal Cou­p­land, Michael Thomp­son, Daniel Nor­don, Dwayne Barnes, Sean Haren, Harry Houl­day, Craig McCann, James Kirby, James Bigham, Alex Hal­l­i­day, David Wyllie, An­drew Jancey, Re­place­ments: Ryan Hether­ing­ton, Adam Tor­bett, Cal­lum Bell, Daniel Rob­son. (all used).

An­nan 2nd XV match against Stra­then­drick 2nds was can­celled as Stra­then­drick 2nds couldn’t raise a team.

This week­end

An­nan are on the road to East Kil­bride. The West 1 league is re­ally two di­vi­sions in one. The top four teams, Garnock, East Kil­bride, Al­lan Glens and Greenock Wan­der­ers are head and shoul­ders above the other eight teams in the divi­sion.

These eight teams are all fight­ing to be top dog of the rest. Some of the teams are im­prov­ing week on week, some are re­main­ing static while some are get­ting worse. It is go­ing to be in­ter­est­ing to see the state of af­fairs with four matches to go.

Any of the teams could find them­selves fight­ing rel­e­ga­tion es­pe­cially if Dalziel and Cum­nock start to pick up some more wins that some of their re­cent dis­plays have de­served.

Only four matches are tak­ing place this week­end and only one in­volves one of the top teams. Alas for An­nan it is their match away to in-form East Kil­bride.

An­nan need to stop the rot and be play­ing at the stan­dard they are ca­pa­ble of to get some­thing from this match.

Next week An­nan are at home to Greenock so it’s a tough cou­ple of weeks for the An­nan squad.

An­nan1st XV squad: R Glass, M Crom­bie, R Hether­ing­ton, K Wa­tret, D Nor­don, K War­rick, C Bell, S Haren, J Bigham, C McCann (C), H Houldey, J Cal­laghan, A Hal­l­i­day, A Jancey, J White­side. Re­place­ments: J Kirby, J Crom­bie, M Thor­burn, G Gra­ham.

Meet at club­house at 11am for a 2pm KO. Trans­port: Cars.

The 2nd XV are hope­fully on the road to Cly­de­bank in their lat­est West 2 re­serve match.

Cly­de­bank are ly­ing just above An­nan in 11th top place so the match could be a great op­por­tu­nity for them to get some points on the board.

If any play­ers are avail­able, as more al­ways wel­come, please con­tact 2nd XV team man­ager Gavin Lynch or coach Neil Mof­fat.

The U16 Tigers are host­ing Strathaven in a friendly match at Vi­o­let­bank on Sun­day. Kick off TBC.

Play­ers to meet as ar­ranged with the coaches.

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