Stewartry maintain promotion hopes

The West Division 2 clash between local rugby rivals Stewartry and Annan on Saturday, May 11, has an early kick-off, with a 2pm start.

Annan will want to hold onto their unbeaten league record, while Stewartry need to win also if they hope to pip Lenzie for the second promotion place.

Stewartry, who lost heavily at Annan recently, will be hoping for a wet day as the Blacks’ strength is in the forwards. A dry, sunny day will suit the speedy Annan backs as they hope to break the 100 points barrier.

Lenzie are away to Cumbernauld and they to need to win to stay at least one point ahead of Stewartry, who will have a big home crowd roaring them on at Greenlaw.

Unfortunately, a result at Clydebank last Saturday resulted in Wigtownshire finishing last in the division.

This will mean the Stranraer club playing in West Division 3 next season, regardless of any further reconstruction of the West league that might be decided upon at a meeting in Glasgow on May 15.

Club president Davie Hunter said: “It is very dissappointing after all the hard work the players and coaching team have put in throughout a long season.

“It has been a very tight at the bottom of the league and in the end try and losing bonuses made the difference.

“However, we will have to put this behind us and look forward to the new challanges that face us after the summer.”