Greenock Wanderers clinch West One title with big win over Annan

Fort Matilda side earn promotion to the National Leagues after leapfrogging ahead of Alan Glen's and East Kilbride to top of table

Greenock Wanderers

GREENOCK WANDERERS will return to the National Leagues next season after securing promotion from West League One with an emphatic 69-10 victory over Annan in their final match of the campaign on Saturday. That result leapfrogged them ahead of Allan Glen’s and East Kilbride to the summit of the table.

With home advantage, the Fort Matilda side raced into a 38-3 half-time lead, thanks to tries from Andy McDougall, Brendan McGroarty twice, Martin Lavelle and Chris McCarron, plus five conversions and a penalty from Graham Hogg.

The procession continued after the break, with Callum Harrison, McGroarty twice more (to take his haul for the day to four), Scott Bellew and Callum Robb all crossing the whitewash, while Hogg added three more conversions, before Annan snatched a consolation try at the death.

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Greenock Wanderers will join Strathmore, who have been promoted from Caledonia League One, and Berwick, who have been promoted from East League One, in National Three next season.

Meanwhile, Broughton ran out 49-38 winners against Hawick Harlequins, which means they finish third bottom in East One [fourth bottom if you count withdrawn North Berwick], but that still might not be enough to avoid the drop depending on what is decided on league reconstruction at next Monday’s East League meeting in Earlston.

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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including he Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.