MISSED OPPORTUNITIES COST GHA IN SEASON OPENER

GHA RFC MATCH 170: KELSO RFC 13 – 8 GHA RFC 

2009/2010: Scottish Premiership Two

KELSO RFC 

 GHA RFC

(c) K. Utterson 15 G. Taylor
G. Mulroy 14 R. Watson
S. Common 13 N. Cassie (c)
E. Ford 12 R. McClymont
G. Minto 11 C. Binnie
C. Renton 10 J. Noonan
A. Tait 9 A. Gillman
 S. Lowrie 1 J. Coffey
A. Morris 2 T. Peyton
 A. Frame 3 A. Kelly
 I. Wallace 4 G. Warnock
 S. Laing 5 R. Jenkins
 S. Carnegie 6 P. Harkins
G. Liddell 7 J. Pinder
 I. Moody 8 D. Kellock
 C. Liddell 16 D. McKay
 C. Keen 17 S. Bingham
 M. Murphy 18 A. Boag
 T. Wichary 19 D. Dunn
A. Morris (2) Try McClymont
Con
 Utterson Pen Noonan
DG
Referee
Mr D. Crudge (Borders RS)

A losing bonus point and memories of missed chances were all that GHA could bring home from Poynder Park yesterday. Kelso turned a 3-5 half-time deficit into a five point victory in the clubs opening match of Scottish Hydro Premier Two. 

A strong wind, blowing downfield from the main-gate end, might well have influenced the contest. Ironically, however, all three tries were scored by the team playing into the wind.

Even playing into the wind, GHA had the better of the territorial game for at least the first half-hour, and it was almost inevitable when Ross McClymont opened the scoring with a try in 25 minutes. Chris Binnie made the running up the left touchline to open the door, but McClymont still had much to do, beating three tackles on his way to the line. Jim Noonan’s conversion attempt from well out was blown wide.

GHA opened up other good opportunities to score. Twice in the first half Gregg Taylor had long runs out of his own half, and after the interval Rory Watson and Binnie each threatened wide out. But none came to fulfilment.

The most agonising of all was when McClymont was over the Kelso line 10 minutes into the second half but was held up. A GHA try then could have been crucial as the home team had gone into an 8-5 lead five minutes earlier with the forwards trundling over for the first of two tries by hooker Adam Morris.

Another irony was that Kelso scored those eight points when they were a man short, with Stuart Lowrie in the sin-bin. GHA lost their way then, seeming determined to run to their way out of a spell of Kelso pressure. In doing so, the visitors conceded a penalty goal to Kevin Utterson as the first half stretched for more than seven minutes beyond 40.

Denying GHA a second try seemed to lift Kelso, and they had by far the better of the last half-hour, though they scored only once more, again with a drive-over maul. A Noonan penalty goal in 74 minutes gave GHA a glimmer of hope of snatching a late win, as they had done in the corresponding Poynder Park match last season. But almost immediately Jamie Pinder was sin-binned, and the odds against them were too much.

Source: Bill McMurtrie

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