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Both teams had players missing from their squads and this showed in what was a very low key encounter at Woodside Park.
Civil Service came out on top, but there was a lack of quality and urgency to the game. Both sides are languishing at the bottom of the Qualifying League Cup group and with this display neither is going to threaten the top two.
Shots from Kelso’s Ryan Beveridge and Grant Gass were easily mopped up by Willie Stewart in the Strollers goal.
On the half hour mark the visitors took the lead when a shot from the right by Gavin Burrell was pushed out by the United defence. As the ball ricocheted off a couple of players it was picked up by striker Michael Dick, who curled a shot into the top corner.
The home team had a chance five minutes later when Damien McNulty waltzed past three defenders before passing to Shane Bonnington but the winger’s shot hit the side netting from an acute angle.
Strollers’ Burrell was then denied a goal when Turnbull was at full stretch to push the midfielder’s shot past the post. The home keeper again came to the rescue when Burrell barged through the middle of the defence, his shot was blocked by the United No 1 and cleared by Beveridge.
The home team’s best chance came after 65 minutes. Good interplay down the left by Ben Herdman and McNulty saw the latter’s right foot at the edge of the box shot fly past the post. The game was wrapped up for the Strollers with three minutes to go. As Kelso pressed for a goal Turnbull came up for a corner but opposing keeper Stewart claimed the ball and fired a distance clearance to Liam Jack, who outstripped the defence and shot into an empty goal.
Kelso United: E. Turnbull, R. Beveridge, S. Angus, D. Bowie, S. Tait, D. McNulty, S. Bonnington, G. Gass, L. Hill (J. Wright), L. Wallace, B. Herdman (C. Gass).