National One round-up: Kelso climb out of relegation zone

Cartha Queens Park secure a thumping win over Melrose, while Gala edge further clear of the danger zone with home victory against Ayr

Kelso have hit a rich vein of form at home, backing up their win over Heriot's last month with a success against Boroughmuir on Saturday. Image: Gavin Horsburgh
Kelso have hit a rich vein of form at home, backing up their win over Heriot's last month with a success against Boroughmuir on Saturday. Image: Gavin Horsburgh

KELSO have climbed out of the National League One bottom two after a 15-7 home win over Boroughmuir on Saturday, which takes them to 10th in the table on 12 points, and leapfrogs them ahead of Boroughmuir, who are 11th on 11 points.

“It was great to get another home win,” said Kelso skipper Murray Hastie. “The first half was tight and we defended well for long spells. In the second half we looked to take our chances when we got into their 22. I feel that we still left a couple of scores out there, but the win was the most important thing.”

Kelso went ahead in the fourth minute thanks to a penalty by Craig Dods before Hastie was yellow-carded in the 24th minute. While he was off, Boroughmuir missed a penalty and it was still 3-0 at the interval.

Derek Walsh scored the game’s first try and Dods converted before Boroughmuir lost a player, Derry McConnell, to the sin bin. Kelso’s second try came from Arran Jackson and they were 15-0 up.

A Jack Hamilton try for Boroughmuir, converted by Gavin Welsh, made it 15-7, but Kelso held on and also denied the visitors a losing bonus point.


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Gala are now 12 points ahead of the bottom two after they defeated Ayr 36-17 at Netherdale. In doing so, they went above the Millbrae men and Watsonians into seventh place on points difference. Tries by Fergus Johnston and Ruairi Howarth as well as seven points from the boot of Ross Cooke made it 17-3 to Gala at half-time. Further ties by Johnston, Howarth and Liam Scott along with two Cooke conversions secured the bonus point for the Maroons after the break.

“It was good to keep the momentum from the previous couple of weeks going,” said Gala skipper Euan Dods. “We were happy with lots of aspects of our game, but there’s still plenty to work on as we look to take our home form on the road to Dundee next week in what will be another physical encounter.”

Ayr’s points in defeat came from Zac Howard and Jack Rennie tries, while Jamie Bova kicked seven points, but they were hurt by two yellow cards in the first half.

Cartha Queens Park are up to fifth in the table after they put in a brilliant showing at Dumbreck to defeat Melrose 54-5. Ryan Howie, Graham Williamson, man-of-the-match Sam Harrison, Liam Howieson, Calum Dickson, Lachie Stout and Thibault Pin all went over for tries for Cartha. Wayne Burrows kicked seven conversions.

Skipper Richard Ferguson scored a try for Melrose, but this will be a game the Borderers want to forget.

At the top of the table the leading three clubs all won. Third placed Heriot’s Blues bounced back from the loss to Biggar by scoring 31 points in the first half against Watsonians, on their way to a bonus point 45-24 win over their Edinburgh rivals at Goldenacre.

Craig Robertson led the way with two tries for the victors, with John Rae, skipper Martin Hughes, Innes Hill, Ross Hutchison and Dom Martin also crossing. Graham Wilson kicked five conversions.

Watsonians picked up a four try bonus point after the break in defeat thanks to tries from Thomas Klein, captain Chris Bell and two from Ali Davidson. Kerr Stoddart kicked two conversions.

Second placed Highland continued their recent good run with a 66-17 triumph over winless Dundee HSFP at Canal Park. Old friends Dave Carson and Colin Sangster were in the opposing dugouts and it was the former who was smiling at the end, with Hugo Crush leading that way on the way with three tries in the first half.

Rupeni Rokoduguni, Oscar Baird and Stephen Murray also went over in the first 40 minutes, and Scott Fraser kicked four conversions to make it 38-3 at the break.

In the second half, Fraser, Rokoduguni, Tom Smith on debut and Stephen Rutledge added further tries for the hosts with Fraser kicking four more conversions.

“It was a good performance by the team, but we must now refocus ahead of a big trip to The Greenyards to face Melrose next up,” Carson said.

Dundee scored tries through Sean Gauld and Finlay Ormiston, with Paul Kerr kicking the rest of the points.

Biggar are still out on top on 40 points after a bonus point win over Stirling County Wolves at Hartreemill. The home side were 14-0 up after eight minutes, but County battled back and it was a hard fought encounter.

Mark Bertram, Chris Mulligan and Rowan Stewart (2) scored the Biggar tries, with Andy Jardine kicking 11 points. Paul Davidson was man-of-the-match.

Stirling’s tries came from Ben Mace and George Breese, with Craig Robertson kicking a penalty and a conversion.

National League Division One results –

09/11/19
HERIOT'S BLUES45 - 24WATSONIAN RUGBY
HIGHLAND RFC66 - 17DUNDEE HSFP RFC
CARTHA QUEENS54 - 5MELROSE RFC
BIGGAR RFC31 - 15STIRLING WOLVES
GALA RFC36 - 17AYR RFC
KELSO RFC15 - 7BOROUGHMUIR

Table as it stands –

Nat 1PWLDFADTBLBPts
Biggar RFC11101043014828210050
Highland RFC129304062571498145
Heriot's Blues1183044135218810143
Melrose Rugby11830273260136038
Gala RFC11641317257606133
Stirling Wolves1155128928906230
Watsonian FC11551270343-735027
Cartha Queens1248041040828226
Ayr RFC11461245321-765124
Kelso RFC11470212350-1384222
Boroughmuir11290179318-1392313
Dundee HSFP110110179447-268101


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4 Comments

  1. Is it a co-incidence that you two seem unable to read the scores above….hard to read with one closed perhaps?

    Over 1,000 spectators at each game….sorry gents, the people have spoken. Time to let it go and move on. Don’t make your clubs follow your individual paths to martyrdom.

    • What are you talking about?? There were over 1000 spectators at National one games. Really? I must have missed that news.

      A correction. Heriot’s won against Watson’s so five of the S6 club sides lost

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