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MATCH PREVIEW - ANNAN ATHLETIC (A)


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MATCH PREVIEW - ANNAN ATHLETIC (A)

PostedSeptember 30, 2017

Following last weeks last gasp draw at Broadwood against Clyde we are back on the road for a second successive Saturday when we face Annan at Galabank with a 3 p.m. kick off.

Annan currently sit two places and two points ahead of us in the table and the game gives Billy Brown's side the chance to progress up the table.

It will be a much chanced Annan side from the one we met on our last visit to the Dunfriesshire town back in March when a goal from Aidan Smith gave the hosts a 1-0 win after Fraser Mullen had missed a penalty after slipping just as he was taking the kick.

When former boss Jim Chapman moved to Clyde in the summer he took eight of his former side to Broadwood including Smart Osadolor who scored for the Bully Wee against us last week minutes after coming off the bench.

New manager at Galabank is former Carlisle United legend Peter Murphy who made a record number of league appearances for the Brunton Park side. The Dubliner also played for Ayr United and appeared against Cowden two seasons ago in League One.

With so many players leaving Murphy has brought in 16 new players including himself and his assistant Kevin Rutkiewicz with quite a few coming from neighbours Queen of the South including the afore mentioned Aidan Smith who made a permanent move after being on loan from the Doonhamers last season.

Also the Annan squad is Lochgelly youngster Brandon Luke who is currently on loan from Dunfermline.

One former Cowden player in the Annan squad is defender James Creaney who spent the first half of last season at Central Park and was signed in the close season from junior side Kilbirnie Ladeside. Former Central Parker David McKenna meanwhile moved on in the summer and is now with junior side Beith.

So far only one of Annan's seven league points have come at Galabank when they drew 1-1 with Stenhousemuir a fortnight ago. The other two home league matches have seen defeats from Peterhead (1-2) and Montrose (0-1).

Things have gone much better for Murphy's side on their travels with a 5-1 win at Berwick and Elgin 1-0 although they lost 2-1 at Clyde and 3-2 at league leaders Stirling Albion last week.


MATCH OFFICIALS

REFEREE: Peter Stuart

ASSISTANT REFEREE'S: Graeme Stewart & Derek Crothers


ADMISSION

ADULTS - 12

ADULT & CHILD - 12 (under 12s accompanied by an adult are admitted free)

CONCESSIONS - 6



Previewer: Andrew Mullen.

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