West of Scotland 37
RBS PREMIER TWO
A NINE-try thriller – but Jed-Forest will rue losing a 16-point half-time lead to fall to an opening day defeat.
In the end, Jed’s penalty count cost them dear as they gave away more than 20 penalties while West conceded five – although a West player was yellow-carded for consistent infringements.
Jed secured a four-try bonus point during the first half, with tries coming from Kevin Aitchison after 12 minutes quickly followed by efforts from David Gobby and Gregor Young.
Darren Gillespie added another touchdown in the 40th minute, with three of these tries converted by Ewan Scott to take the half-time score to 26-10, with Jed firmly in control.
Shortly after the break, West scored a converted try, but Jed responded through Neil Cook’s score. The visitors started to crumble, with penalty decisions keeping them on the back foot.
West scored two converted tries to make the score level with 10 minutes to go and two penalties in the closing stages took the game agonisingly away from Jed.
A red card for captain Cook in the 79th minute merely added to the Riverside men’s frustrations.
Jed-Forest: E. Scott, G. Young, R. Hogg, K. Aitchison, D. Gobby, C. Laidlaw, E. Fowler; R. Ferguson, David Grieve, A. Croitoru, N. Cook, P. Hill, A. Nagle, D. M. Wheekley, D. Gilliespie. Subs used: S. Raeburn, Donald Grieve, S. Scott, L . Young.