You would expect that scoring 28 points away to the league leaders would bring some reward but it was not to be for Kelso at Myreside on Saturday.
An early penalty by David Blair was quickly negated by the same by Andrew Skeen.
Blair slotted another penalty before the hosts ran in a try in the corner by Scott McKean. A rolling maul from a line out gave Kelso the territorial advantage and a chip to the corner by Skeen was gathered by Rocky Johnstone. Recycled ball allowed Skeen to put in a deft chip to the left hand corner for Lewis Mallin to grab the ball and dive over. The conversion was not successful but Kelso had closed the gap.
This success was soon followed by a Stef Carnegie try after a pick up from a retreating scrum by Conway Pretorius. This time Skeen added the extra points.
Just on half time, however, they let their guard slip and after a run by Mark Bertram was stopped by Johnstone, replacement Callum Harvey was on hand to score. The kick by Blair took Watsonians three points clear at the break.
The home side scored immediately after the break with a runaway try by Matt Coles with a new kicker, Andrew Chalmers, adding the extras. He was successful with a penalty straight after that.
Skeen kept Kelso in touch with a couple of penalties.
Again, Kelso were caught sleeping and Bertram added to the home score with an unconverted try but Kelso were not out of it yet and, after a strong run to the corner by Greg Ponton, Kelso stole a line out ball and Stef Carnegie went over for his second try. Skeen added the conversion and the gap was back to five but as the game approached the end, Watsonians added another try by the elusive Cullen and, following a red card being administered to Pretorius, the hosts scored against through the impressive Coles. Both tries were converted by Chalmers to take the score to 47-28 for the league leaders, whose day improved with the news that both their nearest rivals had lost.
Kelso were greeted with the news that Stew Mel had won to overtake them in the league. The interesting feature here being that Stew Mel are next to visit Poynder on Saturday.