Basement battlers in draw

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Jed welcomed their closest neighbours to Riverside for a National and Border League double header on Saturday.

With both teams stuck in a relegation battle, an ideal result would have been a draw with both teams scoring four tries.

With wind and rain blowing across the pitch throughout the game, however, high scoring was never a likely outcome, although the teams did share the spoils.

The Tweedsiders had wind advantage in the opening half and cashed in straight away when Jed struggled to catch the kick-off. From a scrum just outside the home 22, Kelso won their own ball and a succession of well-worked drives resulted in a try for Ali Grieve after only one minute.

Jed dominated possession for most of the first half and were rewarded with a try when John Szkudro emerged with the ball, also following a forward drive to level the game. Kelso were awarded a penalty late in the half and Andrew Skeen’s attempt bounced in off the post to give the visitors an 8-5 lead at the break.

The second period continued in a similar vein, with the hosts levelling from a Daniel Ritchie penalty on 51 minutes to end the scoring.