Ex-Berwick players take charge at Kelso

Former Berwick players Gary Holborn, left, and Andrew Skeen head up Kelso's new coaching team.
Former Berwick players Gary Holborn, left, and Andrew Skeen head up Kelso's new coaching team.

Former Berwick prop Gary Holborn has taken over as head coach at Kelso following the sacking of Jammy McFarlane.

Holborn will be assisted in his new role by another former Berwick player, Andrew Skeen. The stand-off has been handed a new player/backs coach role.

Neil Hinnigan, meanwhile, will continue as director of rugby/manager.

Kelso sacked McFarlane as head coach on Saturday after just eight games in charge.

It followed a poor start to the season in which they won only two of their matches in National League Division 1.

Following the club’s decision, assistant coach Gerry McGuinness, resigned from the club.

Prop forward Holborn, who has previously captained Jed-Forest, made the swtich from Melrose to kelso in June as a player

His path from the Greenyards to Poynder Park was soon followed by Skeen.

The experienced stand-off, a Scotland 7s international who teaches at Longridde Towers, previously played for Kelso and has been starting at stand-off this season.

The appointment of Holborn and Skeen means there is now a very strong Berwick influence running through the spine of the club.

Kelso captain Chris Riddell is also a former Berwick player.

Lock Alistair Grieve, who was players’ player of the year at Berwick last season, signed for Kelso in the summer.