Kyle keeps his cool to boot En­drick to win

Camp­bell clinches points with last-gasp penalty

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

Sports re­porter Kyle Camp­bell was the Stra­then­drick hero with a last-minute penalty which clinched the points in a nail­biter at An­nan.

Their pre­vi­ous sor­tie in Tennent’s West Re­gional Divi­sion 1 saw them on the end of a 120-12 drub­bing by Ste­wartry while last week’s match against Al­lan Glen’s was rained off.

It looked like the rugby gods were con­spir­ing against them again on Satur­day with the trav­el­ling Fin­try side held up on their way to An­nan thanks to a road ac­ci­dent. They ar­rived shortly be­fore kick-off then dis­cov­ered the bag with their shirts hadn’t been loaded on to the coach!

An­nan came to their res­cue with their away jer­seys and En­drick were able to line up 10 min­utes late look­ing for their first win against a side which had come out on top in their six pre­vi­ous meet­ings.

It soon be­came clear the sides were well matched, with both de­fences hav­ing the mea­sure of their op­po­nents.

In the clos­ing min­utes of the first half An­nan fi­nally broke the dead­lock when their pres­sure brought a cou­ple of penal­ties which were quickly taken and opened the way for some tidy han­dling lead­ing to an un­con­verted try out on their right.

Four min­utes after the restart they in­creased their lead with a penalty and that was the sig­nal En­drick needed to step up the pres­sure.

The home de­fence stood firm un­til 57 min­utes when the ref­eree de­cided their tac­tics were not ac­cept­able and awarded En­drick a penalty try, clos­ing the score to 8-7.

The clos­ing ex­changes gen­er­ally favoured En­drick but An­nan hung on un­til the fi­nal minute when they con­ceded a penalty.

Those on the touch­lines plus all play­ers on the field of play – bar one – held their breath. And it was Camp­bell who kept his cool to goal his kick and give En­drick a dra­matic win.

En­drick 2nds had to give up some of their play­ers for the 1st XV fix­ture and could not ful­fil their fix­ture which goes down as a 28-0 win for An­nan 2nds.

On Satur­day En­drick wel­come Kilmarnock, while the 2nds are also at home against Hill­head/Jor­dan­hill 2A. Both games kick off at 2pm.

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