Kelso 10 Gala 38
BOOKER BORDER LEAGUE
After warm-up games against Watsonians and Boroughmuir, Gala had their first taste of genuinely competitive rugby this season in the Booker Border League match against Kelso at Poynder Park and in the event secured the expected victory over their national league opponents.
However Kelso, outpowered in the set-piece made good use of limited possession and against a Gala side enjoying a huge supply of ball the Poynder Park men defended well.
Stand-off Andrew Skeen again looked the classy player he is and his replacement, Ryan Ford, a cousin of Scotland hooker, Ross Ford, and a Quins player last season, looks to have considerable potential.
For their part Gala will take much from the return to form of winger Craig Robertson. The former New Year Sprint winner bagged a hat-trick of tries and made the running for fellow winger Keith Young to score in the corner.
Also impressive for the Maroons were centre Andrew Mitchell, who has just left Galashiels Academy, and former Gala Wanderers back row Liam Scott, who has gained from spending time in the antipodes.
Gala led 24-10 at half time with three tries from Robertson and one from Young and two conversions from stand-off David O’Hagan, Kelso’s points coming from a well-taken solo try by skipper and centre Dom Buckley, converted by Skeen, who also kicked a penalty goal.
Then in a scrappy second half Gala were awarded a penalty try after Robertson was taken out as he chased is own kick ahead. Replacement stand-off Rex Jeffrey converted and then added to his points tally with his side’s final touchdown, this time David O’Hagan adding the extras.
Scorers: Kelso Try Buckley Con Skeen Pen Skeen. Gala Tries Robertson (3), Young, Jeffrey, pen try Cons O’Hagan (3), Jeffrey
Kelso: G Mulroy; A Jackson, G Johnston, D Buckley, A Haig; A Skeen, P Hume; G Harkins, R Henderson, S Lowrie, I Wallace, S Carnegie, G Blair, L Tait, M Hall Subs used C Riddell, G Millar, K Dunbar, R Ford, M Horsburgh, A Wallace, A Common, C Marshall.
Gala: R Howarth; K Young, F Robson, A Emond, C Robertson; D O’Hagan, G Graham; L Pettie, C McIntosh, C Keen, C Borthwick, C Rowlandson, C Weir, S Cairns, K Mein. Subs used L Scott, O Palepoi, R Jeffrey, I Irvine, A Mitchell, I Ross, C Pate, G Spiers.