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Rugby Stewartry win against Annan RFC

Stewartry finished their home league programme with a hard fought win over local rivals Annan avenging a 14-15 last kick of the game defeat earlier in the season at Annan. Coach David Borland had asked the players for a big effort in their final home league game after the disappointing display at Allan Glens the previous week. As well as league points the Chisholm cup played annually for by the two clubs and currently held by Annan was up for grabs.
    With a full clubhouse for pre match hospitality there was plenty of support to see Stewartry take an early lead in only six minutes from a Cammy Fenwick penalty.  Stewartry continued to use the wind advantage to keep the pressure on the Annan defence. In fifteen minutes good play from Jason Riley Stevie McCulloch and captain Ian Fenwick gave the forwards the chance to drive hooker Danny Burton over for his first try of the season. Cammy Fenwick added the conversion. 10-0 Stewartry. Any thoughts Stewartry may have had of turning round at half time with a good sized lead was soon dispelled  when a penalty in twenty minutes by Craig McCann just crept over the bar for Annan. 10-3at half time.
 It was going to be a long second half for Stewartry as they set about defending the seven point lead Annan soon onthe attack and making inroads to the Stewartry 22. From a lineout on the Stewartry 10 metre line Callum Walker took good possession and Stewartry held onto the ball for a full five minutes driving and rucking up into the Annan 22  finishing with a penalty kick into the corner. After winning the line out Stewartry knocked on and Annan were able to clear their lines all the way to the Stewartry in goal area where Craig Mosey had to look sharp to win the race for the touch down to stop an Annan score. In 55 minutes good play between Ian Fenwick and Jamie Farquhar gave Jason Riley the chance to break through the  Annan line . A penalty award on the half way line saw Jason Rileys kick going to the outside of the roadside post before it wobbled in the wind and just dropped over the bar 13-3 Stewartry. The Stewartry forwards now had the Annan scrum in all kinds of bother pushing them back at the set scrum although the Annan forwards seem to have the upper hand in the individual battles with a draw in the fistacuffs and a pin fall submission in the other. But the referee decided there was a penalty to Stewartry for offside and the ball was kicked halfway across the second team pitch to end the game for Stewartry to collect their first bit of silverware for four years. Stewartry last won the Chisholm cup in 2005 and was presented to Captain on the day Ian Fenwick by Annan President Don Barty.
Stewartry have one final league game to play on March 3rd away at Glasgow Accies.
Stewartry Squad  J Fingland A Kerr C Fenwick J Riley F Baird C Mosey J Farquhar T Cannon D Burton I McMorran L Henderson R Porteous I Fenwick (capt) SBroll S Hogg Danny Boyd 
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