Tough start for new bosses

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Marr 46

Kelso 14

It was new territory for Kelso as they travelled west to take on National League One newcomers Marr, writes Norman Anderson.

Of course, there has been a strong link between the clubs over the past few years as this is where Kelso Cougars travel on their annual tour.

It was also new territory for the new coaching regime of Gary Holborn and Andrew Skeen.

Marr took an early lead with a Rory McGee penalty and the home side went on to score three tries within 25 minutes through prop William Farquhar and two by left wing Andrew Gault.

McGee converted two of the tries from far out.

Kelso did come into the game at this point with a fine try by Tony Wichary, converted by Andrew Skeen.

The home side extended their lead with a try by EDP prop D’arcy Rae who bullocked his way over after incessant pressure.

Kelso finished the first half with a passage of good play, but went in 29-7 down.

The second half started with the home team in the ascendancy with only dogged defending preventing them from increasing the lead.

Kelso thought they were over for a try on 50 minutes, but it was disallowed. The score did come, however, when Ian Wallace was driven over from a line-out with Skeen converting.

But Marr were awarded a penalty try, converted by McGee.

And flying wing Scott Bickerstaff’s 70m run brought about another home score, as did second row Fraser Grant’s touchdown in the corner.

It wasn’t a good day at the scrumface for Kelso, who drop down the league table, with only points difference keeping them out of the relegation zone, and with the prospect a local home derby against Jed-Forest on Saturday.