Jed-Forest Rugby Club past president Paul Cranston describes his 'unbelievable relief' at finally getting a win

Having lost all 18 of their Premiership fixtures this season, Jed-Forest past president Paul Cranston has described his joy at finally registering a win in Friday's 32-15 home Border League success over Peebles.
Paul Cranston was chuffed to see Jed finally winPaul Cranston was chuffed to see Jed finally win
Paul Cranston was chuffed to see Jed finally win

“Getting the win was an unbelievable relief,” Cranston told the Southern Reporter. “Although we’ve had a very poor season the players have put a bit of hard work in to try and get better results.

"The tail end of the season’s been stop/start and the players have only had one game I think in about six weeks.

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"So to come out and play against Peebles, who won National 2, and basically dominate the game after being under a lot of pressure in the first half, was great.

"We managed to stem the tide, we came back and it showed a lot of courage.

"As soon as we started to get in front, the boys had a bit of belief and kept on going because they knew Peebles could easily come back and threaten us.”

Despite the final outcome, Friday’s match didn’t start well for Jed as they went 10-0 down to a Peebles penalty and converted try.

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But the hosts hit back to 7-10 down by half-time thanks to a Ben Fotheringham try converted by Finlay Scott.

And Jed dominated the second half, with tries by Robbie Shirra-Gibb, Harvey Keith and Scott, plus two Scott conversions and two penalties giving them a comfortable win despite a second Peebles try.

Cranston added: “Peebles were well on top in the first 20 minutes and probably should have had more points. But we managed to keep them to ten thankfully.

"Maybe a bit of experience of playing at a higher level kicked in for us.

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"When you’re playing some of the stronger sides, once they get their noses in front they just keep going and it’s hard to claw back.

"Whereas we knew that – no disrespect to Peebles – but we should be beating a team that’s in National 2.

"All it took was a score, that got the boys’ tails up and they managed to kick on.

"We stuck in well. We were a bit light in the backs but the young lads who filled those positions played well and we had a couple of young lads from the Jed Thistle under-18s team who came on and made their debuts.

"So it’s good to get those players blooded.”

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Jed, sixth in the Border League on four points with two games remaining, continue their campaign at home to Gala this Friday.

"The boys will be a lot more confident going into the game,” Cranston said. “I just hope we don’t get complacent and take things for granted after that first victory.”

As Jed have been relegated to National 1 for next season, they will play Peebles on league duties next term after their promotion from National 2.

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