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United were first to look like scoring when Liam O’Rourke put Hawick keeper Martin Stewart to the test in the opening exchanges with an overhead shot.
Seeking revenge for a defeat at the hands of the Tweedsiders two weeks before, the Albert then showed what they had to offer in coming near to breaking the deadlock with a Sean Fallan header following a Gordon Ramsay corner kick.
After Kelso keeper Elliot Turnbull had saved well from Calvin Muttitt, Stewart kept the home men at bay in getting down well to block an effort from Dean Clark.
Hawick were looking the likelier side and Kelso had a let off when a Gordon Ramsay shot cannoned off the post following a Gavin Shanley corner kick.
The Albert continued to push forward but were finding the on-form Turnbull a difficult man to beat.
In the 31st minute however Hawick did find the net.
Following a surging run, Innes Zenati threaded the ball to Shanley who drove a shot out of reach of Turnbull.
Minutes later Turnbull prevented the Albert from going further ahead in brilliantly saving a Ronald Fleming penalty after Shanley had been brought down by Ryan Beveridge.
For the remainder of the match Hawick were in the driving seat and Kelso had their backs against the wall.
A goal however didn’t arrive until the 70th minute when Muttitt got his name on the score sheet in touching the ball into the net from close range, after the United defence had failed to clear a Gordon Ramsay cross.
In the 83rd minute Hawick wrapped up the game.
Showing a good touch of pace, Shanley zoomed down the left and hit over a cross which Andy Noble put away in style with a glorious shot.
Albert assistant manager John Fettes said of his side’s win: “It was our first league win of the season and we certainly deserved it as we were by far the better side.
“We played some good football in very windy conditions and gave a good all round performance, but we should have won by more goals.”
Kelso boss Scott Dowie said: “We were short of players but the guys just went out and did the best they could.Hawick deserved to take the points.”