Jed’s stalemate in battle with Biggar boys

Biggar 25

Jed-Forest 25

PREMIER GROUP C

NOTHING could separate the two sides at the end of 80 minutes after a hugely entertaining game in which both sides had chances they should have taken to win.

Biggar were soon 5-0 behind when a quickly-taken penalty caught them napping and from the charge Scott Laidlaw surged over for the opening points. Chris Laidlaw missed the conversion and Biggar managed to get straight back into the game with a try from Craig Parker.

Home prop Colin Arthur made several great takes and drives and it was from one of these that Jed crept offside and Douglas Notman kicked a mammoth penalty from the halfway line to put his side ahead. Jed’s tactic of taking quick tap penalties paid off when Garry Hill crossed for a score, but Biggar were quick to counter and a fine drop goal by Conor Lavery swung the score once more in the hosts’ favour.

Just before the break, however, Biggar were reduced to 14 men following a yellow card offence and Laidlaw kicked the penalty to swing the score round to 13-11 to the visitors.

The ding-dong battle continued after the restart with Salo Tutaia taking the ball at pace for a terrific score which had the Biggar support in raptures. Parker notched the conversion.

Now filled with confidence, the home side charged on and from a line-out Arthur was driven to and over the try line. Parker kicked successfully and Biggar took a 12-point advantage.

A series of good drives and pacy running gave Jed the opportunity to press in the Biggar 22 where Young crossed for a score to close the gap. And the same player added a crucial score minutes later with an 80m run downfield. Laidlaw made no mistake with the conversion to level the scores.

Jed-Forest: E. Scott; G. Young, R. Hogg, G. Hill, L. Young; C. Laidlaw, R. Goodfellow; R. Ferguson, D. Grieve, Al. Croitoru, P. Hill, N. Cook, M. Weekley, S. Laidlaw, D. Gillespie. Subs: C. Hogg, D. Grieve, A. Nagle and D. Gobby.