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Annan Athletic Preview

Annan Athletic Preview

Before we all sit down and enjoy some Christmas turkey the Rovers have a small matter of cinch League 2 action against Annan Athletic tonight at Galabank. 

The Rovers head into this game after a week off due to the game against Elgin City being postponed because of bad weather. They will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing 1-0 to Forfar Athletic at the beginning of the month.

As It Stands 

Looking at the table as it stands makes for interesting reading as a win for Rovers could see them potentially jump up to sixth place, whereas the flip side could see Rovers potentially spend Christmas at the bottom of the table of they fail to win and Bonnyrigg Rose beat Stranraer at home.

Annan Athletic are currently sitting in seventh place and would be one of the teams Rovers could potentially jump. A jump for the home side would see them rise into the top four going into Christmas. 

A closer look at the opposition 

The Galabank side will be disappointed with the start of their season with the club having occupied third at the end of last season, with the Black and Golds faithful hoping that the team would push on. 

However, they have not been shy in being involved in goals with the team banging 24 goals past their oppositions but conceding the second highest amount in the league with 30 goals. They come into the game against the Coatbridge side on the back on a 3-1 win away to East Fife and unbeaten in two games.

The one player Rovers will be wanting to keep an eye on is striker Tommy Goss who has found the back of the net 14 times this season, making him the clubs top scorer in the league. 

Rovers full back will also have a task of making sure that Goss doesn’t get the services that makes him dangerous as winger, Chris Johnston, sits on seven assist in 18 games.

An aspect that Brian Reid will be hoping he can exploit is the lack of clean sheets the Galabankies have been able to keep with the club from Annan only having one clean sheet this season in the league, and three in all competitions.

Final Word

With Annan Athletic and Albion Rovers going head to head for what feels like three vital points that would make a great Christmas present, the clubs will be looking at the bigger picture going into the game. 

Every 90 minutes, five households are made homeless in Scotland. 

The housing emergency continues to devastate lives. This winter, thousands of people will spend Christmas trapped in temporary accommodation like dingy hostels, on friends’ sofas, or even sleeping in freezing cars. This is something we can’t ignore. 

With the growing cost of living crisis, the situation is set to get much worse. With your help Shelter Scotland can continue to provide free advice and support to the thousands of people facing homelessness and continue the fight for home. 

So, for the festive fixtures, both teams will be getting involved in #NoHomeKit; swapping the team’s home colours for an away or third kit. We can make sure everyone in Scotland has access to a safe, secure and affordable place to call home. 


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