Hawick v Jedforest

26th December 2017 - HAWICK 8, JEDFOREST 10

There was a slight covering of snow on the pitch for this Boxing Day Booker Border League encounter in front of a healthy crowd where the visitors had given up home advantage to save a congested calendar later in the season.

There was plenty to play for in this game with the winner going through to the Booker Border league final later in the season and the winners also to receive the Skelly Cup – played for between the two clubs.

Jed started the stronger but midway through the first half Greens skipper, Bruce McNeil, scored the only points from the first half when he drove over from a lineout to give his side a 5-0 interval lead.

The visitors made an excellent start to the second half and after five minutes scrum half, Sean Goodfellow, scored a well taken try when he left the Hawick defence flat.

Ali Weir and Euan Scott exchanged penalties to give the visitors a two points lead but it was Jed who controlled the territory and they should have had more points on the board with the possession they had. The Greens defence was solid but they just could not get enough possession to cause any problems.

The Greens had a chance to win the game with the last kick of the game when Ali Weir’s attempt just missed out and thus Jed will be in the final of the Booker Border League as well as holders of the Skelly Cup.