PREMIER GROUP C
NORMAN ANDERSON reports
from Dorrator Road
KELSO fought back to claim a vital victory in their battle against relegation.
Missing captain Kevin Utterson and having lost to Falkirk in the early season game, Kelso travelled to the Central Belt with more than a little trepidation.
With 10 minutes gone in the second half, Kelso found themselves down 18-11 to a team which had not won a game since the fixture split in November.
The Kelso fighting spirit, however, was enough to see them through with a great last 20 minutes, scoring two converted tries and a penalty.
The first half was fairly even with a Falkirk penalty by David Adamson countered by Greg Ponton. The hosts then went into a 10-3 lead with a converted Rob Wylie try, and another exchange of penalties took Falkirk ahead by 13-6.
But Bill Lyburn was driven over for a Tweedsiders’ try and a half-time score of 13-11.
Another Falkirk try through Cole Ronald took them clear by seven points, but Kelso produced a storming finish.
Based on their more powerful forwards and their better control at the line-outs, the Tweedsiders notched a Ponton penalty, followed by a try by Gregg Minto in his first game back since his round-the-world jaunt.
Ponton converted this try as he did with Kelso’s third try by Na Ioane to take the Poynder Park team home by 28-18.
Kelso are now seven points clear of bottom side Kirkcaldy and the key game against the Fifers will take place later this month.
Kelso: G. Ponton, A. Riley, D. Buckley, G. Minto, A. Haig, P. Hume, A. Tait; F. Young, C. Riddell, B. Lyburn, S. Carnegie, N. Ioane, L. Mitchell, G. Riddell and I. Moody.