Jed 17 - 14 Edinburgh Accies
Just 3 points separated the teams before this game with Jed just in front but it looked like Accies were intent on returning to 4th place. Jed really struggled to get into this game and we never ventured over the half way line once in the first half hour of play. Accies still have class players in their ranks despite their relegation last year and they completely dominated the first 30 minutes. They kicked a penalty on 6 minutes and scored a try after 14 to take a deserved 8 – 0 lead. Jed were playing against the elements but it was no excuse for the terrible passing and handling on display. It was encouraging then when we eventually managed to get into the opposing half for the first time we came away with a converted try. Gregor Mein made good ground from a penalty and from the resulting lineout Jed’s forwards were able to put a few phases together and Connor Hogg barged over for his third try of the season. Mein converted. Accies had a player sent off just before half time but it didn’t seem to affect them and they kicked another penalty to make it Jed 7 – 11 Accies at half time.
Jed had the wind advantage in the 2nd half but Accies kicked another early penalty and it would stay at 7 – 14 for the next half hour. Jed never looked like scoring but we have a new resilience about us and we never looked completely out of it either. With the man advantage up front you’d expect Jed to dominate the scrums but it seemed to galvanise the Accies pack. Jed were awarded a scrum on the Accies line with 8 minutes left and as we couldn’t drive them over the ball was send down the blind side and an almighty hand off by Harkness gave him the space to go over for Jed’s 2nd try of the day. Mein missed the conversion from out wide. Robbie Shirra-Gibb had a couple of half breaks up the wee stand side but they didn’t come to anything and it looked like it was all over for Jed. Accies were awarded a penalty wide out with a minute to go and they went for goal. It looked good, even against the wind but it hit the post and Jed collected it. As time was running out we had no choice but to try and keep the ball alive. We worked it up to half way and Harkness did well to pick up a loose pass. He was then able to off-load to Jamie Hynd who stepped inside and found Scott Raeburn who switched it back out to Chris Gillion who still had 3 tacklers to beat. The covering tacklers were sold a great “Gillano Shuffle” and he stepped back inside to cross for a brilliant team try. Mein missed the kick but there was just enough time for the restart. Jed managed to secure the ball and kicked it out to secure the unlikeliest of wins.
This was no classic but it shows how far we have grown as a team in recent weeks. Most good things seemed to come from Fraser Harkness but everyone will need to step up next week if we are going to have any chance of winning “The Skelly Cup” up at Hawick. The game is on Boxing Day at Mansfield Park. 2pm kick off.
FT Jed 17 - 14 Accies
Tries, Fraser Harkness & Chris Gillon
HT Jed 7 - 11 Accoies
Try Connor Hogg
Con, G Mein