Tweedsiders show a fighting spirit

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Falkirk 18

Kelso 28

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.