Gordonians 10

Peebles 18

Robert Hogarth

at Countesswells Road

PEEBLES arrived back from their long trip north on Saturday with the win following a hard-fought battle with recently promoted Gordonians.

And they had new boy Patrick Harrison to thank with his eye-catching debut from the bench.

Despite having the breeze at their backs during the opening half, Lewis Bertram's team could only command a single point advantage.

And the loss of Roddy Guiney to a shoulder injury during the opening 40 minutes was also a concern for the travelling support.

Greg Raeburn had kicked the Pees into an early lead.

But it was the home team who were first to touch down with their full-back racing in for the score.

Raeburn added a second penalty just before the interval for the 6-5 advantage.

Although the loss of Guiney was a blow, his replacement 17-year-old Harrison deputised well on his debut - scoring two outstanding tries.

Peebles continued to edge the scrums with the pack on top for most of the second half.

On another day the Pees would have been awarded a few more penalties for the regular infringements.

But, despite the advantage up front, Peebles were to fall behind again to a breakaway try.

Up stepped Harrison, though, to cap his first appearance in a Peebles shirt by storming over the line from a ruck some 15 metres out.

The missed conversion left the visitors just 11-10 to the good.

A red card for Rhys Wilson gave Gordonians an advantage going into the final quarter of the match.

But it was Peebles, with only 14 men, who finished strongly.

And again Harrison burst through the line to touch down from a quick penalty.

Raeburn's conversion stretched the score to 18-10 with just a few minutes remaining on the clock.

Tomorrow sees Glasgow Accies arrive The Gytes.

It' a 3pm kick off at The Gytes and the team could do with loads of vocal support against the visitors who have recruited well from the professional ranks of Glasgow Warriors