Stewart’s Melville 47
With Stewarts Melville chasing a play-off place and Kelso chasing points to ensure safety in National Division One, an enthralling prospect was in store for both teams.
However, Kelso’s propensity to concede penalties or collect cards from the referee nullified that prospect.
The first yellow card to Callum Rowlandson came after only three minutes. During his absence, Stewart’s Melville scored two converted tries.
The Tweedsiders did come back into the game as the half wore on and scored a try through Dom Buckley to make the interval score 14-5.
The second half started well for Kelso and were rewarded with a try from Max Gordon after a forward drive.
There seemed to be some control there and they won a penalty, which was missed, and then things went seriously bad for Kelso as they had two more yellow cards, shown to Gary Holborn and Andy Tait, with a red card being dished out to Dom Buckley for violent conduct.
At one point, Kelso were down to 13 players and that meant there were gaps for the hosts to exploit.
They made a good job of that as they rattled up another five tries.
Stand-off Nick McCashin was fairly lethal with the boot as he converted six of the touchdowns on the day.
Kelso, on the other hand, failed with all five kicks at goal – a poor day with the boot.
They did manage to respond to the former pupils’ dominance with a further try from Ali Grieve.
The game was gone for Kelso, but they emptied the bench and tried hard to get the four-try bonus point but, in their efforts to do that, Stewarts Melville picked off the mistakes and scored three late tries.
This was not a happy day on the road for Kelso.
The saving grace was that none of the teams around them in the league benefitted as the games were either off or there were defeats wide enough not to gain bonus points.
The Poynder Park men sit in seventh place in the league, perilously close to the relegation play-offs with six matches left to play.
This weekend, they play host to Aberdeen, who sit one point below the Borderers and therefore don’t have their own troubles to seek.