Jed-Forest 15 - 14 Marr
This was the first time Jed-Forest have played against their opponents Marr and their home ground Fullerton Park was in great condition for the match, a strong wind was blowing straight down the field to give both teams the dilemma on how best to cope with the conditions. The home team decided to play with the wind in the first half making their visitors defend against the gusty conditions.
It was the visitors that scored the first points when a turnover allowed a quick counter attack up the right wing, an inside pass to Harkness 20 metres out allowed the centre some space to scamper over for the first try of the match after only 5 minutes, Grieve converted, a penalty converted by Grieve 10 minutes later increased the Jed lead however a short while later home full back McGee converted a penalty to put some points on the board for Marr. On the 26th minute the full back again converted a penalty after some back chat to the referee allowed the penalty to be moved in to a kickable position. Marr continued to put pressure on their visitors and were rewarded when the fullback again caused problems and scored in the corner taking the corner flag with him in the process, the linesman decided the ball had been grounded first so the try was awarded to give Marr the lead, due to the high winds Jed were running everything from their 22, the home team were awarded an easy kickable penalty after Jed were penalised for holding on in the ruck to make the half time score 14 – 10 to Marr.
The second half started the same way as the first half ended but it was Jed’s turn to use the wind advantage to pressurise the home team. The visitors showed good patience and self control when first a try was disallowed when Jed were over the line and a good scoring opportunity was scuppered when the final pass was judged to be forward, both decisions made on the referee behalf by the linesman. Jed’s patience was finally rewarded after 30 minutes when Declan Wallace scored a good individualist try barging over after shrugging of a couple of defenders, Grieve was unable to convert, no further scoring in the match left the final score 14 – 15 to Jed’s favour.
Jed’s defence was outstanding in the game alongside the heroics of the back row who turned over much of the home attacking ball, Donald Grieve was awarded the Jed Man Of the match for the second week running for his fearless tackling and ability to turn ball over.
The next couple of weeks see us playing local teams Peebles and undefeated league leaders Selkirk at Riverside so hopefully we can have a good home support to cheer on the team, there will be a past players lunch before the Selkirk game so if anyone's interested in coming along then contact Jim Thomson to book your place.
Tries from Fraser Harkiness and Declan Wallace.
Donald Grieve kicked a penalty and a conversion.