JED-FOREST are now breathing down the necks of Border League Group B leaders Hawick following a thoroughly entertaining fixture against local rivals Kelso.
Jed were out of the traps first in this end-to-end fixture when Sean Goodfellow went over from close range with a hungry pack of Kelso defenders on his tail, Chris Laidlaw making the long-range conversion.
Kelso worked hard to move play up into the home 22 and a period of pressure saw Kieran Wilkinson break loose and win the race to a chip and chase just before the ball rolled out of play. Matty Douglas converted to tie the scores.
Back came the hosts and this time it was Laidlaw who dived over at the posts in spectacular fashion, making the conversion easy for himself.
A Douglas penalty closed the gap to 14-10 at the break.
Douglas brought the scores to within a single point through a penalty after the restart and Kelso continued to push.
Another offload from a ruck resulted in a try from Liam Tait, converted by Douglas, took the Tweedsiders into the lead for the first time.
Any pleasure was short-lived, however, as Michael Weekley was shoved over the Kelso try line and Laidlaw added a penalty to edge his team back in front.
Kelso grabbed back the lead momentarily, Kieran Cooney barging his way over with Douglas converting, before Jed sealed the game with a try from Connor Hogg, calmly converted by Laidlaw to take a well-earned win.