After last Saturdays loss to league leaders Garnock, the 1st XV have another tough match away to 4th placed Kilmarnock.
Bellsland has never been a happy hunting ground for the Annan lads with just 2 wins in the 14 trips. The last being back in 2006!
The matches though are usually very tight. The average score over the last 5 matches has been Kilmarnock 23 v Annan 16.
At home Annan have a much better record with 10 wins and a draw from 15 matches – so home advantage is usually crucial in this fixture it seems!
Annan will be wanting to get their season back on track and keep up the pressure on the top 3 teams, especially when their next match after is a home derby match versus Stewartry who currently sit in 3rd spot.
A large travelling support would be most welcome to help spur the lads on.
Kick off: 3pm
Starting XV: R Glass K Warrick, A Craik, F Hope, D Robson, L Goldie, C Bell, S Haren (Vice Captain), A Carmichael, J Bigham, J Whiteside, A Halliday, R Hetherington, E Halley, A Jancey (Captain)
Subs: E Campbell, E Le Vin, D Smith
2ND XV HOST CUMNOCK
STOP PRESS: The 2nd XV get a great result with a 48-14 win.
First home game in 2 years and after a few months of tough matches v various 2nd XV teams….. the boys dun good!
Cheers to Cumnock for travelling today and making it a great game and tops to see two proper 2nd XV teams taking to the pitch.
No current 1st XV players playing in this encounter!
Full match report with photos and highlights – now online
The 2nd XV will hopefully have their first home match of the season when they host Cumnock 2nd XV on Saturday.
Its been a tough start for the 2nd XV with big defeats on the road but it would be nice for the 2nd XV to just get a home match.
Their last 5 matches have been away, with their last match at Violetbank being back in December 2019! Getting teams willing to travel to Violetbank is very rare these days.
Saturdays opponents Cumnock have unfortunately been struggling for players this season with their last match at home cancelled due to lack of players. It is hoped they will get the numbers for Saturday.
The match is the second of 4 matches in the league this month, so if you are available to play in any of the matches, please contact Captain Ben
Good luck to the team.
Kick off: 3pm
2nd XV squad: B Conroy (Capt), C Bell (Jnr), M Forbes, D King, C Bell (Snr), B Sweeney, I Thorburn, Z Lockerbie, K Watret, C Smith, S Livingston, C Taylor, G Forest, A Jones, D Ferguson, J Ogilvie, M Carpenter, A Graham.