Greens make hard work of Jed win

Hawick v Jed-Forest
Hawick v Jed-Forest

HAWICK coach Phil Leck was almost stuck for words after watching his side overcome basement boys Jed-Forest in this drab, error-strewn encounter.

In truth there was very little to say though as Hawick kept up their promotion hopes, while the men from Riverside Park sank further into the abyss.

Leck told the Hawick News: “I’m very happy with the win. It was good to come away with a result without making too many mistakes or picking up too many injuries.”

Greens full back Neil Renwick opened the scoring after just four minutes with a well taken penalty goal.

And things continued to look promising for the home side when, soon after, referee Gary Gordon yellow carded Jed prop, Graham Slorance, for repeated infringement.

Renwick went on to land his second penalty goal after 14 minutes to increase their lead before the Greens scored the only try of the game.

The home forwards produced quick ruck ball – on one of the very few occasions during the afternoon this was achieved – and good handling by the backs saw Renwick show a clean pair of heels and outstrip the Jed defence to score a good try which he duly converted.

But any hopes the score would signal the opening of the floodgates for Leck’s charges were sadly mistaken as the Mansfield Park side went on to struggle.

Home skipper Greg Cottrell was sent to the sin bin for ten minutes just before the interval before Jed stand off Ian Chisholm converted a penalty goal to give the visitors a foothold in the game at the break.

The second half was a stop start affair with both sides frustratingly making elementary mistakes.

The usual plethora of replacements didn’t make a lot of difference though for the Greens although Lindsay Gibson and Rory Hutton managed to provide a spark that was missing throughout the first half. While Jed fullback Lewis Young was the biggest threat for the Riverside Park team.

Greens lock Craig Smith strayed off side after 75 minutes to allow Chisholm to land his second penalty goal in what was the only points scored in the second half.