Match Report from: COACH GORDON “GOGS” CARMICHAEL
On Saturday Annan traveled up the west coast to take on Kilmarnock in a west division one league with the away side trying to find their early season form.
With a couple of positional changes Annan were again not able to find a full strength side. With it raining all the way up it was nice to find the rain had stopped and it turned out to be lovely day for a game of rugby.
Annan’s Achilles heel was their catching and exiting the kick offs and right from the start the let the first kick off bounce between players and was gathered by the home side an after a couple of rucks they scored a try which was converted to go 7-0 down.
From the restart the ball didn’t go 10 meters (another mistake) Kilmarnock pushed forward and the away team infringe at the ruck to give away a penalty which was kicked to go go 10-0 down with 10 minutes gone
Kilmarnock were showing the more determined team and were again worthy of a second try after 15 minutes which again was converted to go 17-0 up.
Annan then had a good spell of pressure which resulted in a penalty which Josh Whiteside converted to bring the score to 17-3.
Kilmarnock then again started to assert there physical dominance up front which resulted in them scoring a further 2 try which one was converted to bring the half time score to 29-3.
After the break for half time Annan making a couple of changes in the forwards they started to get into the game and with some good pressure centre Sean Haren glides through the gap to score which was unconverted to bring the score to 29-8
Again from the restart Annan failed to deal with it again an conceded a penalty which was converted to push Kilmarnock into a 32 -8 lead Annan then got another try back with captain Andrew Jancey scoring under the posts to bring the score back to 32-13
Annan again fell asleep trying to defend there goal line and after some poor tackling the home side scored again which was unconverted to bring the final score to Kilmarnock 37 Annan 13.
With another heavy defeat on the road they need to start working as a team and not playing as individuals also need to improve on their tackling which was again was well below the standard which is required.
People need to be able to take responsibility for themselves and not worry about what someone else is doing and be able to take constructive criticism from the coaches.
We are not far away from being able to put together a really good performance but need to cut out the mistakes and that only works when can put the work in at training
Thanks to Jacob Campbell for making his debut for the club
Best for Annan was captain Andrew Jancey who led by example
Onwards to our next game which is home to Ardrossan next week
Starting XV: 1 Ryan Glass 2 Murray Forbes 3 Kieran Warwick 4 Fraser Hope 5 Dan Robson 6 Neal Coupland 7 Willie Grey 8 Ollie Ferdinand 9 Andrew Jancey (capt) 10 Josh Whiteside 11 Alex Jones 12 Sean Haren 13 Aaron Carmichael 14 Max Thorburn 15 James Kirby
Subs: 16 Callum Bell 17 Ryan Armstrong 18 Callum Smith 19 Jacob Campbell (All used)