Selkirk marched into the history books last Saturday when ending the 2014/15 National League One season with their 100 per cent win record intact, writes Fiona Scott.
But the Souters were rocked by a resurgent Kelso side whose only fault was wracking up a large penalty count (18-6) which in all likelihood lost them the game.
That being the case, it was with great relief that the frazzled Selkirk supporters greeted the final whistle, just three minutes after Rory Banks had added the conversion to Cata Graur’s try which edged the champions into the lead.
The win ensured Selkirk kept their record of played 22, won 22 – the first time such a feat has been achieved in this division.
After watching his team fight back from a 24-5 half-time deficit, Selkirk head coach Peter Wright told The Southern: “I really thought we were done for at half-time, but the players showed tremendous courage to fight back.”
Kelso threw down the gauntlet with first-half tries from Andy Tait, Gregg Minto and Andrew Skeen, who added three conversions and a penalty. Matt Kissick scored Selkirk’s only try of the half.
After the restart, the Souters clawed their way back to within six points, Rory Banks slotting two penalties before converting Callum Marshall’s try. Murray Hastie’s try for Kelso in the 59th minute caused more than a ripple of unease amongst the Selkirk faithful before a penalty try, converted by Banks, rekindled the hope. The rest, as they say, is history.