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Knights overcome the Scots 27-15

Knights overcome the Scots 27-15

Joe Atkinson of London Scottish rallies his team mates during the Greene King IPA Championship match between London Scottish Football Club and Doncaster Knights at Richmond Athletic Ground, Richmond, United Kingdom on 30 September 2017. Photo by Jason Brown / PRiME Media Images.

London Scottish suffered a sobering 4th round defeat away to Ealing Trailfinders last week; both the players & the management were quick to acknowledge that they got the basics wrong and against a team like Ealing, who were sitting atop the table, they were always going to be punished.

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Coming into this game, Scottish were keen to put that game behind them, and get back to winning ways in front of their home support.

The Doncaster Knights, in contrast, have enjoyed a very positive start to the season. A much-improved final 30 minutes against Nottingham in Round 4, allowed them to secure a bonus point win, to move them up to third place in the table, behind Ealing & Bristol.

It has been a feature of all the games at The Athletic Ground so far this season, that they start quickly, but on a chilly but dry day in South West London, this game got off to a slow start. Good passages of play from both sides, but neither were able to create any scoring opportunities in the opening twenty minutes.

It was the Knights, or rather, Michael Heaney, who was the first to make something happen. Scottish were penalised for a high tackle just inside their own 22; Heaney tapped and went for the opening score, so quickly, that nobody from either side reacted. Not even the crowd cheered. Humberstone was unable to add the conversion.

Scottish answered back quickly; stringing together some neat phases of play, the ball kept finding its way to Craig Holland who danced his way through the Knights defence. Quick ball from a ruck found its way into the hands of Joe Atkinson on the wing, who sped clear of the defence and touched the ball under the posts. Holland added the conversion, to give Scottish the lead. 7-5.

The Doncaster Knights applied as much pressure as they could; but the Scottish defence continued to hold firm. Some enormous hits being put in by Cringle, Atkinson, and skipper Kenny. Eventually the pressure told, and the Knights got the ball out wide to the lightning-fast Tyson Lewis, who touched down in the corner to restore the Knights lead. Humberstone missed the conversion again, so the teams went in at half time, LSFC 7-10 Knights.

The second half started much faster than the first; within three minutes the Knights had extended their lead. Working through the phases on the Scottish 5m line, Healey spotted a gap and darted for the line. With the Humberstone conversion, the Knights were starting to pull away; LSFC 7-17 Knights.

Just after an hour gone, Joe Atkinson added his second try of the game. A superb piece of individual skill, from 35 meters out, he darted past two defenders to score. No conversion, meant that Scottish had closed the gap to just five points; LSFC 15-20 Knights.

The final ten minutes was set-up to be frenetic; both teams attacked quickly & defended superbly. On the 79th minute, the ball was passed to Craig Holland who couldn’t control it and knocked on, Knights centre Will Owen reacted quickest and ran in the try unopposed under the sticks. Foley added the conversion, so the game ended LSFC 15-27 Knights.

London Scottish FC Harris; Miller; Cringle; Mills; Tyas; Eliet; Atkinson; Kenny (c); Hoadley; Lyle; Scott; Mosses; Neal; Williams; Holland // Replacements: Austin; Christie; Waldren; Baillie; Walker; Barton; Sharp

Tries Atkinson (x2)

Conversion Holland

Penalty Holland

Doncaster Knights J. Bulumakau; Wilson; A. Bulumakau; Owen; Lewis; Humberstone; Heaney; List; Hunter; Quigley; Challinor; Hicks; Shaw; Hill; Eames // Replacements: Nelson; Bergmanas; Sproston; Langdon; Jones; James; Foley

Tries Heaney; Lewis; Heaney; Owen

Conversions Humberstone; Foley

Penalty Foley

Referee Fergus Kirby

Attendance 868

Man of the Match; Joe Atkinson

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