1st XV - Report
Bank beaten away at Annan
Clydebank 1st XV made the long trip in good spirits and were confident of building on their superb win against Strathendrick however top of the table Annan had other ideas and snuffed them out to record a 34-0 victory that leaves the Bankies bottom of Wes
Annan were dominating the set pieces and won several lineouts against the throw and were controlling the scrums better in the wet and boggy conditions. They extended their lead to 17 after another try, this time converted on the 20 minute mark. Banks best attacking opportunites were in open play when Kirkwood and full back McLintock returned kicks and got the ball in open play but were unable to make any clean breaks. The forwards got some structure to their attacks and ended the half well without getting on the scoreboard.
The 2nd half was mostly played in Annans half as the Red and Blacks tried to put pressure on the home side and get back into the match. The home team were conceding a lot of penalties and stand off Miller was kicking to touch a lot gaining good field position. In a 10 minute spell Bank were camped in the home 22 as Annan struggled to clear their line but their defence was aggressive and forced Bank into mistakes. Kirkwood made a nice break up the right hand side using his pace but was chopped down. Robert Parr was also using his pace to make breaks and was Clydebank's most dangerous runner, making several breaks and getting in behind the Annan defence.
Kirkwood was unlucky to concede a converted penalty try with 10 minutes to go when Annan hacked through a loose ball and as he and the Annan player were both jostling with each other close to the line the referee decided to award the try despite the Annan played tugging his jersey as well. Clydebank gambled in the last minute to score from a tap penalty and as the wet ball was fumbled being passed out wide to utilise the pace of the backs, Annan's centre intercepted to run from his own 22 to complete the scoring for the day. Annan fully deserved their victory but Clydebank's resolve and determination in the second half was encouraging. With Jack Fraser also making his 1st team debut alongside Kirkwood it was dissapointing the boys weren't able to get in the game make an impact and show their true potential on a very sticky pitch against the League champions elect.