Historic but dour

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EoS FIRST DIVISION

STUART REID reports from Berwickshire High School

Duns hosted the Tweedsiders in the East of Scotland League for the first time in 35 years and it was the visitors that took all three points in this very dour affair.

Kelso almost took the lead in the second minute when a through-ball from Steven Tait found Des Burnett and his shot sneaked past the post.

Kelso were definitely looking the better side in the opening 15 minutes, though, with Steven Tait desperately unlucky from a corner and Burnett failing to connect to a Sean Angus cross.

On 17 minutes Duns countered into Kelso’s penalty area and what looked like a great tackle from Angus was deemed a foul. Referee Scott Millar pointed to the spot and Andrew Douglas stepped up, but David Simmonds produced an excellent save.

Then the post came to Kelso’s rescue from a Mark Weatherburn shot before the Duns striker had a free kick saved by Simmonds.

As the game approached the last five minutes of the half, an excellent ball was played through by Steven Tait to Burnett, and the big Kelso striker dispatched a left-foot shot past keeper Lumsden to give Kelso the lead.

In the second half, Duns began to play some good football and were unlucky not to equalise after some sloppy Kelso defending – Weatherburn firing over from close range and then Simmonds saving a Lackenby free kick.

Gary Mabon came off the bench to try to give the visitors a lift and straight away he set up Burnett, but the ball flew wide.

Ten minutes from time, Duns defender Gary Renton lunged into Damien McNulty and the ref produced the red card.

Then Duns substitute Steven Burns hit the post with three minutes to go, but Kelso held on to take the win.

Kelso United: D. Simmonds, J. McCutcheon, S. Angus, S. Harker, S. Tait, D. McNulty, C. Black, C. Tait (G. Mabon), D. Burnett, J. Swailes and J. Lauder.