Reserves out-muscled by more physical Kelso

Football
Football

BERWICK RANGERS RES 0, KELSO UNITED 2

Two weeks after losing 4-1 at home to Berwick Reserves, Kelso turned the tables at Shielfield. Kelso used their physical advantage and greater all round experience to outmuscle and outplay the Reserves.

Berwick were the livelier team in the first quarter but too many long balls rolled out of play. Their first chance was a Stephen Anderson shot slapped away by Turnbull.

On 25 minutes, Billy Bald saved from Calum McClure outside the penalty area prompting loud calls from Kelso officials that he used his hand not his chest as indicated by the referee. Another awkward Anderson shot bounced off Turnbull’s chest but the visitors were growing in confidence and scored on 41 minutes. Fittingly, the goal involved the players causing Berwick most touble. McClure broke through and a short pass saw Liam Wallace slip the ball beyond Bald’s reach.

After the break, Bald pushed away a McClure chip. Turnbull turned Ben Miller’s 30 yard drive over his bar before Kelso extended their lead in the 69th minute. James Elliot downed Wallace and Chris Black sent the 25yard free kick into the roof of the net.

Kelso snuffed out Rangers in the final quarter by pulling extra men back meaning the home side’s only serious threat late on was a Keith Buckley header from Anderson’s cross which Turnbull juggled before catching.

Berwick Reserves: Bald, Finlayson, Brady, Saunderson, Fairbairn, Elliot (Buckley 74), C.Scott, Meikle (Gill 62), G.Tulloch (R.Scott 80), Miller, Anderson.