PREMIER DIVISION C
NORMAN ANDERSON reports from Beveridge Park
IT WOULD be easy to be hard on Kelso after Saturday’s away defeat at Kirkcaldy.
The players know they did not perform and Kirkcaldy deserved their win in the relegation battle with six converted tries.
The Fifers missed an early penalty, but soon set the scoreboard rolling with a try from far out by full back Conor Littlejohn. Quintan Sanft converted.
Kelso lost Ian Wallace with a leg knock, although he did return later, and Kirkcaldy scored another try from a distance through Cammie Goodall. Sanft added the conversion – as he did shortly after when hooker Greg Wallace burrowed over for their third try.
Kirkcaldy had a player sin-binned, at which point Kelso pressed on the Fifers’ line and, following a deft chip through by stand-off Phil Hume, Andrew Haig continued his rich vein of try scoring to take the half-time score to 21-5.
The second half started just as badly for Kelso and Kirkcaldy soon scored their bonus point try in the corner through Craig Wilson, with Sanft converting.
Kelso squandered a couple of chances, but it was Kirkcaldy who scored next with another Wilson try, converted by Sanft, before replacement Dayle Turner put the icing on the Kirkcaldy cake when he intercepted and raced in from halfway to give winger Gavin McKenzie the easiest of conversions to end the scoring.
Kelso: G. Ponton; Ali Riley, H. Lees, G. Minto, A. Haig; P. Hume, A. Tait; F. Young, C. Riddell, B. Lyburn, I. Wallace, N. Ioane, L. Mitchell, G. Riddell, I. Moody. Subs: D. Cowan, L. Tarry, C. Keen, C. Renton.