Rugby: Watsonians 12-18 Jed-Forest

Jed-Forest RFC centre/wing Rory Marshall

Jed-Forest RFC centre/wing Rory Marshall

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Jed-Forest continued their steady progress in National League One yesterday when staging an impressive fight back to beat league leaders Watsonians at Myrside.

The hosts led 6-0 at half time thanks to a brace of penalties from the boot of David Blair and went 12-0 up just after the break, while Jed were down to 14 men due to a yellow card, with two similar awards.

The men from Riverside refused to give up though and produced a stunning second half with Rory Marshall touching down and Lewis Young kicking a penalty after 68 minutes. Marshall scored again with five minutes remaining to put the visitors into a narrow 13-12 lead and Lewis Young crossed for Jed’s third try three minutes later to seal a great win.

Jed remain in fourth place in National League One but have closed the gap on third placed Dundee with both teams now level on points (49), nine points behind second placed Marr who have 58 points.

Jed-Forest: L.Young; R. Marshall, G. Young, F. Harkness, R. Shirra-Gibb; G. Mein, D. Ritchie; C. Hogg, S. Raeburn, P. Fererria, C. Skeldon, G. Law, G. Stewart, C. Cowan, M. Weekley. Subs: G. Paxton, H. Snyman, J. Hynd, G. Taylor, G. Robson.

Elsewhere, in the only Borders home fixture to survive the weather, a five-try win by 38-19 (after trailing 12-0) surprised everyone apart from the Peebles faithful themselves. Donald Anderson and Steven Hamilton scored a brace each while Kenny Clyde dotted down the other.