Nine man Duns lose out in eventful derby game

Kelso 4

Duns 2

Kelso took the spoils in an eventful local derby at Woodside Park on Saturday, which saw the Dingers finish the game with nine men.

Duns took the game to Kelso in the opening half hour but were unable to fashion many clear cut chances against a well organised Kelso outfit. The home side came more into the game as the half wore on with Gary Renton doing well to block a McNulty strike. Right on half time Kelso were given the chance to go into the interval in front when C Black was bundled over in the box by Mark Weatherburn, who saw a straight red. Black dusted himself down but his spot kick straight down the middle was saved by Scott Lumsden in the Duns goal.

Within minutes of the restart it was Duns who opened the scoring after good work by James Brydon and James Robertson lead to Dez Chisholm picking the ball up on the edge of the box. Chisholm took the ball into the box and slotted it into the corner just out of keeper Simmonds reach.

Kelso only trailed for a few minutes, with the Dingers going into self destruct mode for the next 10 minutes. Firstly Gary Renton tangled with the Kelso forward in the box and another penalty was given with Renton booked and Lockhart firing the spot kick past Lumsden.

Within 90 seconds the home side were awarded their third penalty of the afternoon when Renton was adjudged to have handled in the box. Showing Renton his second yellow in a matter of minutes, the referee gave him his marching orders and the visitors were down to nine men. Lockhart stepped up and slotted the spot kick down the middle.

The home side scored their third goal when Wallace, who was through one on one with Lumsden, fired the ball into the net. Duns made changes to try and get back into the game and were rewarded with 10 minutes left when Robertson swung over a corner and James Brydon scored with a near post header. Duns almost drew level minutes later when Doug Brydon headed a Robertson free kick against the outside of the post.

Kelso made sure of the victory with minutes left when a deep free kick to the back post was well headed back across goal to pick out Lockhart, who volleyed home from close range to complete his hat trick.

Duns will be looking to bounce back when they host Peebles on Saturday.