PREMIER DIVISION TWO
On a beautiful November day, Whitecraigs made their first visit to Poynder Park.
They made an encouraging start, but Kelso’s early line-out steal led to their rampaging forwards driving at the visitors’ line and Stuart Lowrie burrowed over for the opening try. Greg Ponton converted.
Good continuity by backs and forwards in unison allowed Stef Carnegie to romp in near the posts for a second Kelso try and again, Ponton converted.
Kelso were in control at the set-piece – especially in the line-outs, putting pressure on the Whitecraigs’ throw as well as securing their own ball.
Whitecraigs full back Stephen Gillies missed a penalty attempt before Kelso increased their lead. Strong drives by Stuart Lowrie and Gareth Riddell took the ball into the danger zone and Gregg Minto dived over in the corner to take Kelso to 19-0 ahead and cruising.
Strangely, the second half commenced with uncontested scrums. This was a surprise as Whitecraigs seemed to be packing with the same props as at the end of the first half. Kelso suffered from this as they had been dominant in the scrums in the first half.
The bonus-point try duly came along and it was well worth the admission money. The Kelso forwards moved into full throttle with Donald Seed, Stef Carnegie and Gareth Riddell charging up the stand side before Gareth fed his brother Chris to storm over at the posts, making the conversion easy for Ponton.
A good win for Kelso to take them into a decent place in Group C after the league split.
Kelso: G. Ponton; G. Minto, R. Minto, K. Utterson, R. Selkirk; M. Chester, A. Tait; S. Lowrie, C. Riddell, A. Marsh, D. Seed, S. Carnegie, G. Riddell, I. Wallace, E. Ford. Subs: K. Cooney, G. Harkins, L. Mallin, A. Haig.