Kelso 66pts Hillhead/Jordanhill 3pts
A trip to Tweedbank on the recently reopened Borders railway is now recommended as one of the “fun” days out for family entertainment in Central Scotland. Unfortunately “Hills” visit to Kelso, one of the set of Border towns fiercely proud of their rugby heritage, for their eight National league 2 game had few moments of joy, but many of hard toil and unrewarding slog, as the visitors were on the end of another exhausting eighty minutes. The statistics were quite bleak : forty two points conceded in the first half with Kelso recording their bonus point try in the twenty fifth minute. Yet the numbers and the final score hid some fleeting moments of good rugby from “Hills”.
Having only seventeen players able to travel was not the best of starts, but there was much to admire in “Hills” all round doggedness and devotion to defensive chores. Captain Rory Harte gave his all for the cause and kicked the only points for the visitors ; and debut players, Dan Williams and Alec Armstrong, performed well in the heat of the battle. Collectively, when “Hills” managed to string together some phases, they looked good value for some scores, but they found Kelso at their most parsimonious defensively and physically stronger in the contact zone. Breaching of the Kelso line was left then to individual runs from no. 8, Owen Gemmell, and scrum half, Conor Duignan.
The gallant seventeen Hills players had yet another hard day at the office, and will be hoping for a change in fortune when Aberdeenshire come calling at Hughenden next Saturday the 29th October : KO 15.00.
“Hills 1st XV Rory Harte (C), Dan Williams, David Vallance (Graham Davidson), Scott Halliday, Darren Knox, Clement Tranier, Conor Duignan, George Stephenson, Callum Kettles , Kenny Harper (Darryl Elvin), Alec Cameron (Daryl Elvin), Scott Whiteford, Owen Gemmell, Alec Armstrong, Harry Cordner . All subs used.
Bernie Mitchell – ‘The Bunnet’