Gobby grabs three as composed Jed send Kirkcaldy crashing

Jedforest v Kirkaldy. Jedforest 's second try.
Jedforest v Kirkaldy. Jedforest 's second try.

Jed-Forest 44

Kirkcaldy 24

PREMIER GROUP C

A SIX-TRY rout against relegation-threatened Kirkcaldy at Riverside Park consolidated Jed’s position at the top of the Premier Group C table.

The home side got off to the perfect start when Chris Laidlaw won the race to touch down in the corner. He paid a hefty price, though, as he landed badly on his shoulder and was taken to hospital with a suspected dislocation.

Darren Cunningham’s outfit were further depleted as Alex Croitoru limped off and Michael Weekley had to be helped off after a head knock in the first 15 minutes.

Jed were also really struggling in the scrums and gave away two first-half penalty tries, although tries from Darren Gillespie and David Gobby gave the hosts a 17-14 half-time lead.

The Borderers never dominated the game, but two Ewan Scott penalties and a converted Gobby try gave them a comfortable lead.

Kirkcaldy scored to make a game of it, but Gobby completed his hat-trick and Iain Chisholm also crossed the whitewash to almost certainly confine Kirkcaldy to Premier Three rugby next season. Ewan Scott kicked four conversions and the Fifers scored a consolation try to complete the final scoreline.

Jed-Forest: I. Chisholm; G. Young, R. Hogg, E. Scott, D. Gobby; C. Laidlaw, R. Goodfellow; R. Ferguson, D. Grieve, A. Croitoru, M. Weekley, N. Cook, A. Nagle, D. Grieve, D. Gillespie. Subs: C. Hogg, S. Raeburn, A. MacKay and J. Hogg.