Yet another dour game, where one Sunday paper described both teams as nervous, with the eventual 1 -1 draw probably suiting both teams. Shire manager Jim McInally refreshingly praised the organisation of Annan and how both teams had done remarkably well to be in their current positions. John Macbeth narrowly won the away fans award for man of the match just ahead of joint runners up Lee Hoolickin and Alan Inglis. Annan’s destiny is now in their own hands. They currently sit in a clear playoff position with 4 remaining games – this Saturday away to 6th.placed Forfar who are only 3 points behind Annan then a Border derby match against Berwick at home, away to 5th.placed Stenhousemuir and finally a home match against title contenders Dumbarton. Manager Harry Cairney the committee and fans are all still pretty chilled about the playoffs knowing nothing can take the shine off an excellent first season but the opportunity is definitely there.
A bus has been booked for this week’s trip to Forfars bridie country and there are still a number of spare seats. Departure time being 9.00 am from Galabank. The weather is improving all the time and it is a beautiful scenic run up to Tayside and beyond. 1st. timers are not always guaranteed to win the scratch card prizes unlike last week when ex. player and Annanite Craig Irving alias Wiggie or London Scottish was rewarded for his long trek north taking the proceeds much to the anguish of his elder sibling, coming in very handy for the pre match relaxation in the Plough Inn. Coincidentally a warm welcome has been intimated from the Plough Inn up in Forfar, only 400yards from Station Park where home made food is available, kids are welcome and there is even a wee quiz before the game with 10 out of 10 winning a free drink for all; Weed eat your heart out !
If memory serves me right I think Craig was even in on Tight Top Terry’s horsing racing tip of Chunky’s Lad which romped home at 7-1 to give Polish Pidmoondo and his syndicate a nice little lift.