THERE were times during the game when one was given the distinct impression that Kelso were going to be on the wrong end of a severe beating as they had such a poor start.
However, the squad stuck manfully to their task and, had the game gone another five minutes, they may well have snatched an improbable victory.
Despite an early onslaught, the Tweedsiders only trailed 22-14 at the break. A try from Frankie Robson plus three successful penalty kicks by Matt Douglas held the ship together.
Stew Mel notched their bonus point – needed along with a win to keep them in line for a play-off place – after the restart before losing two players to the sin bin in quick succession. All the hosts gained during that time was another Douglas penalty.
As the game approached its end, Kelso played their best rugby of the day with Dom Buckley crashing over to complete the scoring.