Hawick v Kelso

23rd December 2018 - HAWICK 54, KELSO 5

The Greens opened their Booker Border League campaign for this season with a comfortable 54-5 over Kelso under the Mansfield Park lights on Thursday night.

Though winning with a try count of 8 to one, it was the visitors who showed more penetration in the early part of the game. It took good defence from the home side to keep Kelso out in the early stages.

With a mix of Force and Greens players making up the home team, once Hawick got on the front foot the tries came at regular intervals. The first half saw Bruce McNeil, Calum Renwick and Jae Linton all crossing for tries with Ali Weir converting two to give a 19-0 lead.

In the second half it was Lee Armstrong, who was on the bench in the first half, who was the star for the Greens when he showed his full repertoire of skills he has by scoring three tries and converting four for a personal tally of 23 points.

Scotland U19 cap, Andrew Mitchell, scored a brace in the second half as well with Ali Weir converting one.

To be fair to Kelso they never surrendered and showed glimpses of class and scored a deserved try in the early part of the second half.

The Greens now move on to Jed-Forest on Boxing Day for their second game in the Booker Border League. Always a difficult game at Riverside Park though a win would take Hawick into the final later in the season.