The trip to Glasgow no longer holds fear for Tweedsiders

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There was a time when Kelso travelled along the M8 with no great hope and, indeed, with a great deal of fear and trepidation, but that was not the case on Saturday.

The hardest part of the day was, in fact, the travel itself. Arrival times were knocked askew due to the incredible volume of traffic on the M8 and the Great Western Road.

Kelso showed their cards early when Frankie Robson cut through from a line-out to send Richard Minto in at the posts. Andrew Skeen converted before setting up the next try for Gregg Minto, to which he also added the extras.

Play became a little scrappy until Ali Grieve picked up at the base of a scrum to allow Gary Holborn to plunge over at the posts. Again, Skeen converted.

Kelso collected the bonus-point try just before half-time when Callum Rowlandson powered over to allow the easy conversion for Skeen, who added a penalty to take Kelso into a 31-0 lead at the break.

For Kelso the second half died a death as they tried hard, won a barrowload of possession, but got scant reward.

It was late on in the half when a recycled the ball allowed Andrew Skeen to waltz in at the posts to give himself an easy conversion and Kelso a 38-0 lead.

There was no doubt that the hosts had the better of the last few minutes and, after Kelso had used up all of their replacements, Hillhead’s Croatian No 8 Tonci Buzov picked up at the back of a scrum near the Kelso line to bullock over for the Hills’ consolation try.