Sat 27th Oct 2018 - Cartha QP v Kelso 1st XV
Tennant’s National League Division 1
Kelso 39 Cartha Queens Park 24 half time 12-14
Kelso recorded its first away win of the season at Cartha Queens Park on Saturday. It was a day of surprise results in the league with 3 of the front runners slipping up but there was no surprise at Cartha after Kelso’s resurgence in form over the last few weeks.
It was, also, no surprise that it was a high scoring game as the three games last season resulted in two wins to Kelso but a total of 55, 60 and 75 points being scored in the three games. Kelso were short of a couple of players from the previous week with Gregor Mein, Izzy and Iain Sim missing but Kevin Dryden returned to the team.
An early try for the hosts wing, Jake Graham, converted by Wayne Burrows started the scoreboard rolling after only 6 minutes. Angus Roberts reduced the leeway after 13 minutes with an unconverted try. Shortly after Kevin Dryden took Kelso into the lead with a try which Craig Dods converted but, from the restart, Jacob Adamson on the other wing scored with Burrows again converting.
Just on half time, hooker, Istok Totic, did his side no favours with a yellow card after a dodgy tackle.
A Craig Dods penalty immediately after the interval took Kelso back into a lead which they never lost with a penalty. This was followed by an unconverted try by Arran Jackson to take Kelso to 20-14 ahead but Totic redeemed himself somewhat with a try for the city side. Murray Hastie was next on the list of scorers with the first of two tries for him, and a guaranteed bonus point for the visitors. Cartha were reluctant to give in so easily and Graham scored his second try to close the game to a 1 point deficit and that’s how the game went for the next 15 minutes until Hastie scored his second with Dods converting and then on 80 minutes, Cammy Brown sealed the victory with a try which, again, Dods converted.
To Cartha a 4 try bonus point but to Kelso a 5 pointer and a move further up the table to 8th place on 17 points with 2 games to go, against Dundee High and Jed-Forest, until the reversal of the fixtures.
Kelso team: Murray Hastie, Ryan Ford, Angus Roberts, Kevin Wilson, Arran Jackson, Craig Dods , Phil Hume, Michael Downer, Charlie Marshall, Blair Robertson, Robert Hastie , Alex Thompson, Cameron Brown, Kevin Dryden, Kris Mein
Replacements: Rhys Morgan, Fergus Common , Andy Tait and Gregor Millar
Kelso scorers: Tries Angus Roberts, Kevin Dryden, Arran Jackson, Cameron Brown and Murray Hastie 2. Craig Dods 3 conversions and 1 penalty