Early birds get just reward for fairness

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From a spectator’s point of view, Saturday’s game at Riverside Park was up there with one of the best.

Passion, grit and sheer determination won the game and saw the Royal Blues move to eighth place in the division one table.

The above attributes, however, could also be applied to the Jed committee’s efforts to accommodate their long-distance opponents.

A pitch inspection by director of rugby Ali Campbell took place at 4.30am while he was on his way to work on the new railway, while vice-president and groundsman Paul Cranston performed a final check at the slightly later time of 7.30am when the “good to go” signal was given.

“We wanted to give Aberdeen fair notice,” said a Jed-Forest spokesman.

Jed try scorers were David Gobby (2), Robbie Shirra-Gibb, Fraser Harkness and Donald Grieve, while Danny Ritchie kicked three conversions.