West of Scotland 18
RBS PREMIER TWO
THE roller coaster which represents the Kelso season continues but, at least on Saturday it finished on the up slope.
With James Stevenson, Dom Buckley and Stef Carnegie out injured after the Biggar game, the Tweedsiders were glad to have Ewan Ford back from illness and Ali Marsh from injury.
There was further delight with Gareth Riddell making his first appearance of the season after his premature retiral at the end of last season. There was, however, less to cheer about with yellow cards for Kevin Utterson and Ian Wallace during the game.
Early exchanges were equal and all Kelso had to show for the first half were two penalties from Greg Ponton and a drop goal from Ford, while Ross McAuley slotted a penalty for West.
The game opened up a little in the second half and after another bout of penalties with two for Ponton and another for West, the tries came.
Kelso scored through Stuart Lowrie after some good continuity play amongst the forwards.
Ponton converted, but missed the next one after captain Richard Minto broke from halfway.
This effort took the score to 27-6 and sent Kelso in pursuit of the bonus point.
However, it was not to be, as West scored two tries of their own through Simon Kay and Scott Carmichael, one of them converted by Ross McAuley.
Ponton kicked another penalty for Kelso to take the final score to 30-18 for another home win.
All in all, this was a nuggety performance to ease the memories of the debacle at Biggar.
Kelso: G. Ponton; R. Selkirk, R. Minto, K. Utterson, G. Minto; M. Chester, A. Tait; S. Lowrie, C. Riddell, A. Marsh, I. Wallace, D. Seed, G. Riddell, E. Ford, D. Lowrie. Subs: G. Harkins, P. Grahamslaw, L. Mallin, A. Haig.