Battling Jed pay the price for an early sending off

Jedburgh vs Peebles at the Riverside. Peebles Neil Hogarth after scoring the first of Peebles' tries.
Jedburgh vs Peebles at the Riverside. Peebles Neil Hogarth after scoring the first of Peebles' tries.

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Confidence was high within the Jed ranks for the first big Border derby of the National League One campaign against a hard-working Peebles outfit at Riverside Park.

The visitors were always going to be formidable opponents though, having only lost twice in their first eight league games.

For the second week running Jed had to battle against a very strong wind in the first half. The Riverside men were not fazed though and started off looking much the better team.

Playing with a great pace the hosts kept Peebles in their own half and soon went three points up from a Donald Grieve penalty.

Jed were the dominant team but some very sloppy tackling gave Peebles a try between the posts. Donald Anderson worked a neat move with Neil Hogarth who side stepped a few defenders to dot down. Greg Raeburn converted.

Worse was to come for the hosts. Just as Jed had got themselves into a position of pressuring the Peebles line, an almighty double blast of the ref’s whistle signalled trouble, and it was home back rower Graham Robson who was shown the red card for violent play on 20 minutes.

True to form Peebles were quick to punish with Ryan McConnell breaking several tackles in his 40m sprint up the touch line to score in the corner, Raeburn converting.

Jed had the last word of the first half however when Cole Lothian was rewarded for backing up a break down the middle, and a brilliant off load from Donald Grieve sent him in close to the uprights. Guido Danil converted to close the gap to 14-10 at the break.

The second half started with Jed taking the lead when David Gobby danced up the touchline and under the crossbar for a great try which Guido converted.

With the hosts beginning to tire, Peebles took control of the game, scoring tries after 55 minutes through Callum Scott and 63 minutes courtesy of Nathan Mather, one of which was converted by Raeburn to notch a bonus point victory.

Jed were awarded a penalty with 15 minutes left and rather than kick the easy points went for the corner instead. The chance to score was there but David Gobby’s off load was too difficult for Greg Walker and Scott Raeburn couldn’t hold on when trying the crash ball.

Perhaps not the best game ever, but Peebles made their way home more than happy with the result.