DETERMINED to regain their National League status Jed-Forest ran roughshod over Championship B stragglers Hawick YM on Saturday.
Throwing the ball about with confidence the hosts were convincing from the off and the YM defence did well to hold firm until the 15th minute when Chris Laidlaw broke through the YM defence to score near the posts.
After some continued pressure on the visitors line from the home pack Graham Slorance barged over for an unconverted try.
Jed then varied the game and started using the width of the pitch to good effect resulting in Mark Burke running up the touchline to score out wide.
Now searching for the bonus point try Jed committed themselves even more with Monty Mitchell crashing over to score between the posts.
Laidlaw converted three tries and Jed looked in control going into half time at 26-0.
The home team remained focussed at the start of the second half and a try was scored after only two minutes of the restart when Robert Lovett run 25 meters to score in the corner. This was soon followed by Laidlaw’s second score after some good handling in midfield.
Jed was then taken by surprise when the visitors won a lineout inside the Jed 22 and started to pressurise the home line, Matt Landels emerged from the bottom of the driven maul to be the scorer for YM to give Michael Graham an easy conversion.
This was to be the visitor’s last scoring opportunity as Jed reasserted their authority to score at regular intervals until the end of the game. Scorers during this period were Mitchell, Mark Burke, Robert Hogg, Sean Goodfellow and Martin Chisholm.
Chris Laidlaw scored another two tries and added five more conversions to take his personal tally from the game to 36 points.