ARFC v Kelso
Posted on April 24, 2017
National League 2 Jack Nixon
Aberdeenshire 38 Kelso 55
Aberdeenshire, not for the first time this season, made a huge contribution to an entertaining, high scoring game, only to come unstuck in the second half, when on this occasion Kelso, the runners up in National League 2, took route number one to the home try line, running out convincing 55 - 38 winners.
''It was a wonderful end to our long, protracted season, and for a while we looked like shocking newly promoted Kelso who in the end ran us down to win well, but we scored six tries, and had in centre Nat Coe, the standout of the afternoon. His four tries were all superbly taken. We held our own in most phases in the game, but they were determined to end the season with a flourish,'' said Alex Duncan, the Shire director of rugby.
The Woodside outfit did in fact lead at half - time, albeit by a narrow 21 - 20 margin, scoring three converted tries, two of which were scored by the free running Coe, and a debut first for winger Andy Scott. Stand off Paul Paxton slotted all three conversions.
In the second half the Poynder Park side took control, racking up a further 35 points to end the season one point behind champions Cartha Queens Park.
Shire were forced to play second fiddle to the Borderers, but still managed three more touchdowns, one of which was converted by Paxton.
The home tries were scored by Coe who added a brace to make his haul four for the day and Mike McKeand.
The Woodside crowd went home happy with the afternoon's fare, but hoping no doubt that Shire will tighten up its defence in the 2017/18 season.