Peebles edge it on home turf!
Posted on January 23, 2017
National League 2 Jack Nixon
Peebles 31 Aberdeenshire 20
Aberdeenshire's prospects of being promoted were dealt a huge blow in the Borders where the Woodside were beaten, but certainly not disgraced by Peebles who are hard on the heels of leaders Cartha Queens Park and second placed Kelso in National League 2.
Alex Duncan, the Shire director of rugby was adamant his side had given a good account of themselves against one of the top side in the division. ''Since we met them in October they have improved immeasurably, and will almost certainly feature in the promotion race at the end of the season. It was a good all round performance, this despite the continual infringing of Kelso forwards which was not picked up by the referee. Our pack was in good form and once again captain Greig Ryan was a stand out. It bodes well for our Scottish Cup game in Jedburgh next weekend. Scrum half Jack Hall is proving to be a key player for us now he is back to full fitness,'' said Duncan.
Shire were well in contention at half - time, and at 16 - 13 looked in a position to spring a surprise against the Gytes side who were able to raise the stakes in the second half, albeit thanks to its back row persistently going offside at crucial moments in the game.
The Shire first half scores came from No 8 Ryan and winger Luke Taylor who both scored fine tries, while stand off Carne Green kicked a conversion and a penalty.
In second half Shire had to settle for a lone try from centre Nathan Clough, converted by Green.
The Woodsiders remain in fifth place, but 22 points behind leaders Cartha, and 20 in arrears of second placed Kelso.