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Annan | 13.04.15

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Garnock entertained relegated club Annan at Lochshore last Saturday in dry, blustery conditions. The reasonable crowd were hoping for an enjoyable match after the annual Sponsors Lunch.

The home team, having only one change from the previous week with David Miller restored at lock, had the advantage of the breeze playing towards Beith. They stole the first lineout and won a penalty, kicking to the left corner.

Unfortunately last week’s gremlins struck again, with Garnock losing their own throw-in and Annan cleared their lines. Garnock looked to run the ball without making any breakthroughs and the visitors strong running centre made 2 nice breaks though running out of support. Looking for points, Garnock refused kicking easy penalties, but despite several attempts at pushover tries and scrum pickups they still did not trouble the scorers all through the first half. Despite losing a flanker to the sin-bin the visitors were defending well and would be very happy with 0-0 at the break, having the benefit of the wind in the second half.

After the interval Garnock soon profited from an Annan mistake, with Rory Walker making an interception for a try which he converted himself. This was quickly followed by a textbook three-quarter move, with fullback Ewan Perry joining the line to feed winger Greg Matthew, who easily outflanked his opposite number, making the score 12-0 after 10 minutes.

Annan were not giving up without a fight, and their forwards had a good spell of pressure leading to a converted try by flanker Sean Haren. Garnock retaliated immediately leading to a lineout in the right corner with jumper Johnny Watson producing good possession. The backs inter-passed nicely and centre Danny Irvine crashed over near the posts, with Walker converting to lead 19-7 after 30 minutes.

Garnock introduced all the remaining subs looking for a bonus point try, but Annan had the better of the last ten minutes. After several short penalties, veteran prop ” Chocolate ” Warwick on his last appearance forced his way over for a consolation try making the final score 19-12.

After the game Garnock President Billy Walker presented his son Rory with a memento to celebrate last season’s scoring feat. Rory scored 376 points beating the longstanding record held by the late Jim Wilson.

Garnock finish the season this Saturday with a home game versus Glasgow Academicals.  Kick-off 3pm at Lochshore.

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