Free-scoring Hawks fly past careful Kelso

Glasgow Hawks 38

Kelso 9

RBS NATIONAL LEAGUE

GLASGOW Hawks ran in six tries to outgun Kelso and jump to the top of the National League.

The Tweedsiders were ahead after six minutes thanks to the boot of Murray Hastie, who had earlier hit the post with another penalty effort.

But Hawks stepped up the pressure and after threatening the Kelso tryline, the hosts eventually crossed it when Grant Strang went over.

Hastie notched his second penalty soon after to put the Tweedsiders back in the lead, but eight minutes before the break, Glasgow scored the try of the game.

Andy White and Tony Heron combined well to put Tom Steven away and he dashed over from 20m to score under the posts.

Steven added his second try on 38 minutes to put Hawks 19-6 up at the break.

Kelso came out firing at the start of the second period and two minutes in, Hastie reduced the deficit to 10 with his third penalty.

However, the game was all but over shortly afterwards as a quickly-taken penalty set up Strang for his second try and an 24-9 lead.

There was a ray of hope for the visitors when Glasgow pair George Ooman and Tom Preece were sin-binned in quick succession.

But down to 13 players, Hawks defended well and instead scored themselves when Haddon McPherson raced half the length of the park to score under the posts.

Hawks had another man yellow-carded, this time Ruaridh Wilson, but again Kelso could not capitalise and it was Steven who completed the scoring and his hat-trick.

Kelso: W. Massey, F. Robson, R. Minto, D. Buckley, G. Minto, M. Hastie, A. Tait; P. Grahamslaw, C. Riddell, S. Lowrie, A. Wallace, D. Seed, J. Stewart, M. Robertson, D. Gillespie. Subs: R. Glendening, R. Maxwell, K. Flannigan, J. Pick.