Both teams knew there was much at stake on the outcome of the match, the winner would receive the Ballantyne cup and more importantly league points to help put a little distance between the sides.
Both sides started the match showing the passion that a local derby brings, the first scrum led to a skirmish between the two front rows and a warning from the referee. The home pack dominated early proceedings which resulted in a try after only 5 minutes when their winger Wilkinson powered over near the posts to give Skeen the easiest of convertions. Jed had to defend their line during much of the first half. Any ball won was quickly moved to our wingers who both looked threatening when the ball came in contact with their hands. Jed managed to win three penalties in the first half but all were just on the outside range of our goal kicker. There was no further scores in the first half. HT 7 – 0 to Kelso.
Jed showed more enterprise at the start of the second half, any ball was run at the opposition at every opertunity however after a mistake in our own 22 Kelso pounced on a loose ball to allow centre Robson to score near the posts to give Skeen another easy conversion. The score line did not reflect the way the game was turning and Jed scored their first try when prop Mat Meek playing only his third game as prop scampered over the line to score on the 71st minute, Danny Richie converted. Jed then showed a lack of concentration after the kick off when they gave away a penalty in front of our posts to give the home side an easy 3 points and a 10 point cushion between the sides as the game went into the closing stages. Jed were rewarded for some enterprising play when Declan wallace playing at centre powered over on the 79th minute under the posts, Richie converted quickly to move the game into its final minutes. The final whistle was blown after a fumbled restart and the final score stood at Kelso 17 – Jed 14