Depleted Jed can’t tackle up-Hills task

Jed-Forest 6

Hillhead/Jordanhill 24

RBS NATIONAL LEAGUE

IT wasn’t the most encouraging of opening National League encounters for Jed-Forest on Saturday.

Depleted by injuries, holidays and work commitments, the Riverside men were unable to cross the tryline in the entire 80 minutes against a team they defeated last season.

The game was nearly half an hour old when the first score of the match was made, as good attacking play set up Hillhead prop Steven Longwell for a score, which Andrew Leslie converted.

An Iain Chisholm penalty two minutes later brought the home side back into the match, but, the fly half did hit the post with another kick before half time. Chisholm was also successful at the start of the second half with another penalty to pull Jed to within a point, but the loss of influential prop Connor Hogg to injury proved a blow as their scrum started to weaken.

It resulted in the Glasgow visitors scoring a pushover try through Blair McPherson, converted by Leslie. And two further scores saw debutant Ryan Holland and substitute Douglas Wood add further scores for a convincing bonus-point win for Hillhead.

Jed Forest: R. McFarlane, D.Gobby, D. Wallace, S. McDonald, C. Gillon, I. Chisholm, R. Jackson; C. Hogg, S. Raeburn, D. Grieve, N. Cook, S. Scott, M. Weekly, D. Grieve, G. Elder. Subs: G. Slorance, R. Miller, G. Young, M. Chisholm, J. Fraser.