RBS NATIONAL LEAGUE
Hawick entertained basement club Jed-Forest in the RBS National League match at Mansfield Park and had a less-than-convincing 13-6 win with the visitors gaining a bonus point in a drab, error-strewn encounter.
The league is now at the halfway stage, and the home side certainly didn’t help any promotion hopes they have with this performance, while the visitors look to have an uphill struggle to survive relegation.
Greens full-back Neil Renwick opened the scoring after four minutes with a well-taken penalty goal. Soon after, referee Gary Gordon yellow-carded the Jed prop, Graham Slorance, for repeated infringement.
Renwick landed his second penalty goal after 14 minutes to increase the lead before the Greens scored the only try of the game. The home forwards produced quick ruck ball – one of the very few occasions during the afternoon – and good handling by the backs saw Renwick outstrip the Jed defence to score a good try which he duly converted to give the Greens a 13-0 lead.
Home skipper Greg Cottrell was awarded a yellow card just ahead of the interval, before Jed stand-off Ian Chisholm converted a penalty goal to make the score 13-3 at the break.
The second half was a stop-start affair with both sides making elementary mistakes. The usual plethora of replacements didn’t make a lot of difference, athough for the Greens, Lindsay Gibson and Rory Hutton did provide a spark that was missing in the first period.
Jed full-back Lewis Young was the biggest threat for the Riverside Park outfit.
Greens lock Craig Smith strayed offside after 75 minutes to allow Chisholm to land his second penalty goal which turned out to be the only points scored in the second half.
Hawick have an awkward home fixture against Stewart’s-Melville this weekend, while Jed travel to Glasgow to play Hillhead Jordanhill. Both teams will be keen to put their latest performances behind them.
See Friday’s paper for after-match reaction.