United we stand near the top of the league table

Kelso, UNITED KINGDOM. - 19 Oct 2013 : 'East of Scotland Football'Qualifying League'Caption: 'Kelso (Nil)v Civil Service Strollers (2)''(Photo by  Rob Gray / freelance / � 2013)
Kelso, UNITED KINGDOM. - 19 Oct 2013 : 'East of Scotland Football'Qualifying League'Caption: 'Kelso (Nil)v Civil Service Strollers (2)''(Photo by Rob Gray / freelance / � 2013)

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Kelso came out on top and took the three league points in the battle of the Uniteds at Woodside Park, writes George Riley.

The home side started brightly and were three-nil to the good at half-time with goals from Grant Gass, and two from the in-form Jordan Lauder.

Eyemouth clawed back to 3-2 with goals from George Windram and Sean Phillips, until Calum McClure made sure of victory for the Tweedsiders with a goal in the last minute.

“The game should have been wrapped up at half-time,” commented Kelso manager Prof Blaikie.

“We scored three and hit the post twice before the break but we never make things easy for ourselves and allowed Eyemouth back in the game in the second half. However I am pleased with the victory.”

Kelso took the lead after 10 minutes when Gass picked up a loose ball in midfield and drove a thunderous right-foot shot from 25 yards past Eyemouth’s stationary keeper Adam Mutch.

Mutch was picking the ball out of the net again two minutes later, this time when Lauder shot from 25 yards and the ball deflected off a defender on the way through.

The visitors had the ball in the net on the half-hour when Jonathan Waugh followed up a shot which had been parried by Elliott Turnbull, but referee Gavin Thomson ruled the goal offside.

The home team went three up shortly after when Gass crossed for Lauder, who ran into the six-yard box to fire home.

The Fishermen got a goal back two minutes into the second half when Windram bundled the ball over the line, and reduced the deficit further with 10 minutes remaining when Phillips drove the ball home.

The visitors found themselves down to 10 men as Wilson received his marching orders for a second yellow, but the numerical advantage didn’t last too long as Steven Tait was dealt the same fate soon after.

Kelso eventually killed the game off in the last minute, a cross on the right by Ryan Beveridge was headed out by the visitor’s defence, however, teenager Calum McClure was first to react to the loose ball and turned to sweep it into the net.

Kelso United: E. Turnbull, R. Beveridge, C. Black, B. Herdman (D. Bowie) S. Tait, D. McNulty, S. Bonnington(L. Hill), G. Gass, B. Chisholm(C. McClure), L. Wallace, J. Lauder.