Jed lost out on the chance of a draw when Gregor Mein missed a tricky conversion of his own try in added time in this tight National Division One match at Braidholm on Saturday.
Jed’s forwards were well on top in the first half, but that only translated to a 5-3 interval lead.
Jed had ample chances to establish a platform for victory, but their only score was a Paulo Ferreira try. Mein missed the conversion, as well as two penalties, and the visitors were denied a second try only by Andrew Gillman’s saving tackle.
Ferreira earned a yellow card for killing the ball just before the break, and Peter Jericevich was on target with the conversion.
Just as the second half started the skies opened, and handling became an issue.
With Ferreira still off the park, Alan Auld touched down Chris Binnie’s kick ahead, and Jerecevich converted from the touchline.
Ryan Jackson then took the GHA kicker out of the game with a high tackle, a move that earned him a visit to the sin-bin.
GHA soon had the chance to turn the screw with a penalty in the Jed right corner.
With the visitors’ pack depleted, the home support were roaring for scrum, but the on-pitch decision was to go for a throw-in, but Jed stole the line-out.
Sub Ruairi O’Keefe extended the home side’s lead to 10 points with a great try, following a lovely break up the wing by fellow replacement Ben Addison.
However, their lead was never safe.
It was all the more under threat when Mein kicked a penalty goal in 69 minutes after a scrum collapsed, and in added time he also squeezed over in the left corner for a try.
However, his conversion went astray, much to the relief of the home support.