Rugby: Aberdeen Grammar targeting a Border treble but Jeds will be no pushovers

Grammar's Aaron Robertson in action.

Aberdeen Grammar will head to Jedburgh tomorrow seeking a third win on the trot against Border opposition, but with a word of warning from head coach Ali O’Connor.

The astute O’Connor was not be taken in by his side’s relatively straightforward wins over Selkirk and Gala.

He said: “Jed-Forest will be a different kettle of fish.

“They are second in National League 1 and will be anxious to stay in touch with leaders Edinburgh Accies. But after the way we played last week at Gala, I am sure we will be in with a shout.

“Unfortunately we have a number of players not available, including full-back Doug Russell, flanker Dom Waller, lock Aaron Robertson and prop Ross Anderson, but such is our strength in depth I have no fear in asking players to step up.

“The good news is we are likely to have winger Grant Walker back from injury and playing at Riverside, one of his favourite grounds where he scored a last-gasp try in our fight against relegation two years ago.”

Meanwhile, Gordonians will need to be up with the lark tomorrow if they are to fulfil their National League 3 fixture at Newton Stewart which has a 12.30pm kick-off, as opposed to the normal time of 3pm.

Head coach Ryan Morrice was less than impressed at his side having to leave Aberdeen before 6am.

He said: “Apparently Newton Stewart’s pitch is unplayable, which means they have to share an all-weather pitch with the local football team whose games start at 3pm.

“We were given a choice of the early kick-off, or playing under lights at 5.30pm.

“In the event we settled for getting up in the middle of the night.”

The Countesswells outfit will also be bidding to make it three wins in a row.

The big game of the day in the Caley leagues is at Inverurie where the top two in Caley 3 North clash, with leaders Ellon bidding to extend their lead at the head of affairs over second-placed Garioch who will be equally keen to gain revenge for an early season defeat at the Meadows.

Garioch head coach Dave Duguid said: “We certainly cannot afford to lose tomorrow, if we are to entertain any hope of promotion. It should be a great game.”

His opposite number Sam Mountain was also looking forward to the encounter, and said: “If we win we can go nine points clear at the top.

“But even then we will not be claiming the title. There’s a lot of rugby to be played yet in a very competitive league.”