Jed-Forest 7 - 26 Melrose, Report
Nov 23, 2014
On a wet and windy Friday night Jed welcomed their visitors to Riverside for this Booker Border League match, the visitors listed 57 first XV players in the match programme and brought in another 5 for good measure. The lack of player information made it difficult for spectators from both clubs to identify the visiting teams players.
The visitors started strongly dominating scrum and lineout which resulted in a try from a push over at a line out after only 5 minutes which was converted, Jed defended bravely and worked hard at the lineout and scrum to find some kind of parity, however after 26 minutes the visitors scored another converted try, half time score was 14 – 0 to the visitors.
The second half started better for Jed, the scrum started to improve for the home side after Melrose substituted ex Hawick prop Little and ex Gala prop Mcquillin and old timer Bates made an appearance for the home side, however it was after 16 minutes of the restart the visitors scored a simple try after a yellow card against Jed on their 5 metre line left them exposed. Jed never gave up against their opposition and scrum half Ross Combe who had answered a late SOS to replace Daniel Richie, showed great determination to score a try under the posts after 20 minutes to give Donald Grieve the easiest of conversions. Both sides started to make more changes as the game moved into its final stages, the visitors had the final say when they scored a converted try after 30 minutes of the second half. Full time score Jed 7 – Melrose 26.
This was a game the Jed players can move onwards and upwards, our younger players in the pack showed they can step up to the mark, Skeldon in the second row showed good hands in winning lineout ball while under pressure as did Jamie Hynd when he came onto the field, our back row was immense in the tackle and denied the visiting pack attacking opportunities, our back division also showed good defensive qualities against a much faster and skilful back line, Scrum half Ross Combe was deservedly named man of the match by Scott Robertson who was representing Bookers the Border league sponsor.
Jed move on to next weeks important league game against Bigger at Riverside with confidence and optimism and are looking for a big crowd to help cheer them on.