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Shock loss by Jed is blow to promotion chances / Kelso, Peebles & St Boswells win again

It all went wrong for Jedforest as they succumbed to their first loss at home in National League 1 this season, and it was to Stewart’s Melville who have been in the relegation zone for most of the season.  Stew Mel have certainly been improving in recent weeks with crucial wins and deserved their win at Riverside Park, but a dubious red card for Sean Goodfellow for an alleged punch on Seb Trotter before half time, and a worrying head injury to Craig Cowan in the first half added to Jed’s woe as they went 17-5 down early doors.  They ended up one point short of a losing bonus and one try short of a try bonus so ended the day with nothing.  Add to that bonus point wins for Marr and Edinburgh Accies and the Borderers are now nine points off the pace, and now need other teams to help them make ground back on the other two if promotion is to still be a possibility. Watch highlights here.

Selkirk collected two bonus points in a high-scoring match at GHA, but playing catch-up for all of the game, they couldn’t quite get there and went down 38-36.

Kelso and Peebles both posted wins in National League 2 to stay 1st and 3rd respectively while St Boswells’ win at Lasswade keeps them in second in National 3.

In the Borders Shield game Berwick were too strong for Hawick Linden and take their place in the Final while in the Booker Border League at Netherdale Gala lost 51-35 to Hawick in Pool A.  Hawick go top on points difference with 6. Gala are on 6 with both Peebles and Selkirk on 5.