Sat 23
1st XV
Cumbernauld bravely battle …

Cumbernauld bravely battle …

By Iain Calder
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Cumbernauld RFC 15 Annan RFC 50

If the Annan players thought they would journey to Cumbernauld for a comfortable afternoon last Saturday following their 100 points plus victory over the New Town team earlier in March, they were quickly disabused of this notion as the Badgers set about their task with gusto and fortitude. Jordan Reid and his troops performed valiantly even though they conceded 8 tries to a fitter, stronger and battle-hardened Arran outfit. Arran now stand on the cusp of promotion to BT West League Division 1 and will go up if they win their remaining 4 games. Ironically they have defeated the current league leaders, Stewartry, home and away and now require to accumulate bonus points as well as wins in their last 4 league matches.
The game kicked off at a furious lick with no quarter given or asked only for Annan to open their account with a score in the corner following good ruck ball. Unfortunately a Cumbernauld miss-pass gifted Annan further possession which they gobbled up to score their second try, again following good ruck ball. Cumbernauld’s misfortunes continued when Gavin Calder had to retire with a recurrence of his eye injury but almost immediately Cumbernauld struck back with a Daniel Prinn touchdown following great work from Ryan Quate. Moments later Ryan had the home support cheering loudly when he produced the tackle of the match to down his opponent in devastating style. Two tries then came along in quick succession when Annan dotted down following a contentious penalty award which allowed them a quick tap penalty, and breakaway, followed by a try from stand-off Andrew Reid which was converted by Jordan Reid to make the half time score 15-26 to Annan.
At this point in the match, Cumbernauld were well in contention but shortly after the break, the home side lost their charismatic number 8, Ian Hepburn, who had to retire following a leg injury. This seriously disrupted Cumbernauld’s game plan but it would be grossly unfair to state this as a reason for a second-half unravelling by the Badgers. Annan are not where they are in the BT West League Division 2 without a large dollop of class in key positions, with their number 8, scrum half and stand-off outstanding throughout the game. Another mitigating factor in the defeat was the loss of hooker Andrew Logan in the first half due to a knee injury and Cumbernauld’s second XV team had to be plundered for a replacement hooker, with Scott Corbett answering the call and performing commendably well. Annan scored 4 second half tries to secure the points and a bonus point but Cumbernauld can be pleased with the nature of their display. Jordan Reid led, as always, by example tackling himself to a standstill while the second row of Barry McLauchlan and Jonny Kenny worked tirelessly throughout. Michael McDonald continues to defy the onslaught of father time and produced another fine display while Anthony Rice’s pace was a constant threat to the Annan defence. It was also nice to see Gregg Gilmour back in a Cumbernauld jersey after his stint with Cartha Queens Park and we look forward to more of his aggressive displays next season. Cumbernauld’s last game of the season is on Saturday 7 May against Clydebank away, after which the Club’s Annual Dinner will take place in the Clubhouse, tickets £20 from Kyle Wylie.
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Sat 23, Apr 2016




Division 2