RBS BORDERS REGIONAL CUP
IT’S pride not points that matter to Hawick YM in the Borders Regional Cup and in that respect Jammy McFarlane’s team are flying high, writes Fiona Scott.
Not that you would have known it from their reaction to defeat at the hands of Jed on Saturday. It was a last gasp penalty from Ewan Scott that knocked the wind from the Redskins’ sails. But, having now collected two losing bonus points from their two games played so far, the team are determined to go into this weekend’s away fixture against Kelso in a winning frame of mind.
McFarlane said: “You can’t get any closer than losing on the last kick of the game and everyone is gutted.
“We were a bit thin in the backs today which didn’t help matters and I take my hat off to them as we so nearly pulled it off. We would have deserved to win it too.
“On the upside we’re continuing to punch above our weight when it comes to playing the Border League teams. We didn’t want to embarrass ourselves in this company and we haven’t. We will now pick ourselves up, patch up the wounded and go to Kelso next week and knock them off their perch.”
Jed got off to a flying start to go 10-0 up in the opening quarter thanks to a penalty goal from Ewan Scott who also converted David Grieve’s try on the 20 minute mark.
YM regained composure however and some great work from their forwards allowed them to keep hold of possession for the latter stages of the half, finally being rewarded when Michael Graham received the ball out wide just before the break to score in the corner. Half time: Hawick YM 5 Jed-Forest 10.
Growing in confidence the hosts took the bull by the horns from the restart and after 10 minutes moved into the lead through a Dean McCracken try converted by Gregor Welsh.
With both teams tiring rapidly in the now soggy conditions the game became a bit scrappy and it was not until the final minute of the second half that Scott managed to convert a penalty to seal the game for Jed.