Duns made the short trip to Kelso, on what was a dry and calm but chilly Sunday morning. They were backed by a very vocal following who'd arisen early from their slumbers to follow their team. It certainly transpired to be a thoroughly topsy turvy encounter.
In what was a lively and combative opening from both teams. The home side created the first half opening with playmaker Mikey Kavanagh floating in a cross from the left which Dwain Patterson couldn't quite direct towards goal.
Duns responded well, however with Kieran Baxter swinging in a couple crosses of his own which tested out the home defence. Marshalled by skipper, Andrew Thomson, those were dealt with reasonably comfortably.
The first shot on target duly arrived on the quarter of an hour mark, with home 'keeper Douglas throwing his cap on an attempt by namesake Jay Douglas.
A few minutes afterwards, Kelso won a corner on their right wing which was swung in. It caused confusion in the away defence, with an initial shot being blocked on the line, Mark Scott thundered in the rebound from two yards. It was perhaps deserved on the balance of play.
Duns goalie, Fraser Thomson then did well to keep his side in it with a good save following a powerful half volley from Patterson.
This seemed to stir Duns into action with Callum Smith becoming more influential on the game. Indeed, it was he who provided the assist for defender Adam Dobson to nod in at the back post and make the scores all square.
Two minutes later and Douglas caught the home side on its heels. He latched onto a ball over the top from Bill Prentice, took a touch and steered it beyond the despairing dive of Jake Douglas. Cue ecstatic celebrations from the vocal travelling contingent.
Just as you thought the half was petering to a close, a goal came from nothing. Home striker Morgan Thompson found the ball at his feet on the edge of the area. He took a touch to wrong foot the defender and rolled the ball into the bottom right hand corner. A well taken goal from the big man and Kelso were well and truly back in the game.
Shortly after, Kelso found themselves in front. Thompson again had the ball ricochet to him on the edge of the area and with an almost identical finish made it 3-2 on the stroke of half time.