On Saturday the 1st XV welcome promotion chasing Stewartry to Violetbank in their latest West 1 league match.
It’s also the 2nd leg the Chisholm Cup, although with the points victory by Stewartry in the 1st leg up at Greenlaw earlier on the season, barring the shock of all shocks, it’s just West 1 league points up for grabs for Annan.
Stewartry come to Violetbank as firm favourites, a title they have held for the last couple of seasons over Annan and the Greenlaw men will be looking for a bonus point win to keep their title ambitions on track along with Garnock.
Annan have not beaten Stewartry in the last 6 encounter in the league and cup and a win for Stewartry on Saturday would give them the outright lead in consecutive wins between the teams. Annan also having 6 consecutive wins between 20015-2019
It’s just over 25 years since the two 1st XV’s met in a competitive (League/Cup/Chisholm cup) match for the first time. That being on the 3rd Jan 1998 at the Greenlaw in the first ever Chisholm Cup match. The clubs of course have played numerous times since the early 70’s but technically they were “friendlies!”
In those 25 years the teams have met 32 times with Annan still holding the edge 18 – 14 in wins but with their current form, it might not be too long until Stewartry finally draw equal.
Annan on Saturday will of course be wanting to stop this as they are still not safe from relegation yet and will be needing as a couple of more wins to secure West 1 survival for next season.
Despite losing the last 4 matches, in every match Annan were just 1 score away from picking up all the points, such is the fine margins in the league this season
Should be a cracking match with both teams fighting for the win for different reasons.
Kick off: 2pm
Starting XV: 1 Ryan Glass 2 Callum Bell 3 Kieran Warrick 4 Neal Coupland 5 Michael Thompson 6 Willie Grey 7 Frazer Hope 8 Sean Haren 9 Fraser McMillan 10 Josh Whiteside 11 James Kirby 12 Alex Halliday 13 Aaron Carmichael 14 Max Thorburn 15 Andrew Jancey
Subs: 16 Kieron Watret 17 Callum Smith 18 Aitken Render 19 Alex Jones
2ND XV ALSO HOST GALLOWAY
STOP PRESS: Galloway prove too strong and the mighty twos lose 41-0. Better 2nd half performance though
The 2nd XV also host Galloway in a friendly match at Violetbank on Saturday.
After being on the road for 6 of their 8 matches so far this season, the lads will once again be glad to get another match at Violetbank.
The 2nd XV players will be wanting to get their first win of the season as they enter the post split league season in a couple of weeks.
With the final few matches of the West Reserve 3 fixtures having been played last Saturday, the 2nd XV found themselves in the bottom 5 of the table.
This means they have 4 matches post split – with 3 at Violetbank. Hopefully these matches will get played but match fulfilment by a number of other teams in the league has not been great but perhaps new year, new players for the other teams might make a difference
Kick off: 2pm
Starting XV: 1. Alan Lee 2. Murray Forbes 3. Adam McMinn 4. Dan Burns 5. Tam Thorburn 6. John Glendinning 7. Stewart Livingstone 8. Callum Taylor 9. Rory Livesey 10. Fin McCartney 11. Kieran Johnstone 12. Declan Ferguson 13. Ben Conroy 14. Danny Lockerby 15. Bradley James
Subs: 16. Luke Clark 18. Matthew Crombie 19. Liam Boyd 20. Craig Bell 21. John James MacKay 22. Alex Hodgson