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London Scottish FC 46 – 20 Blaydon RFC : PRESS RELEASE

London Scottish FC 46 – 20 Blaydon RFC : PRESS RELEASE

London Scottish FC fifteenth win in the National League 1 came from an eight try victory over Blaydon RFC, who travelled down from Newcastle to play at the Richmond Athletic Association ground on a cold but Sunny afternoon.

London Scottish FC fifteenth win in the National League 1 came from an eight try victory over Blaydon RFC, who travelled down from Newcastle to play at the Richmond Athletic Association ground on a cold but Sunny afternoon.

Four tries were achieved in the first half by the Scottish side, which included a brace apiece from right wing Charlie Broughton and outside centre Rory Damant – who won the FirstCape man of the match award.

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Within a couple of minutes from kick off first blood was drawn through a Blaydon penalty goal, making the opening gambit 3 nil to the visitors. Their advantage was short lived, with Scottish taking the lead immediately from the restart. Inside centre Ian McInroy sent a kick over the Blaydon defence, where Rory Damant managed to get to the loose ball to score the first try of the game.

On the quarter hour Charlie Broughton charged through a gap in the Blaydon defence to claim his 50th try for London Scottish FC, which full back Frankie Neale converted making the combined effort 12-3 to the hosts.

Blaydon then put the Scottish line under pressure, but faced with some spirited defence they were unable to find a way through. An attempted drop goal from Blaydon fly-half was low and off target, this allowed the home side to clear their lines. Following a Blaydon throw, their outside centre managed to get through the Scottish defence for a try, in which their number 11 adding a conversion to reduce the gap to two points.

Although Scottish were struggling to get out of their own half, a quick piece of thinking from Simon Amor, playing at fly-half with Callum Grant taking over scrum-half duties led to Broughton’s second try of the afternoon. A play which came from a tap penalty to catch Blaydon unawares, with the Scottish winger finishing off the flowing move. Neale’s conversion made the score 19-10 to Scottish.

Shortly before half time Rory Damant clinched the bonus point, after capitalising on confusion in the Blaydon ranks caused by two of their players going up together to gather a kick from Callum Grant. The London Scottish centre intercepted and ran unimpeded to the line, putting the home side 24-10 ahead going into the interval.

Scottish started the second half brightly when Charlie Broughton almost claimed his hat-trick of the match, although the ball was smothered as he tried to kick through to the line. Blaydon managed to clear their lines and started to put Scottish under pressure. Blaydon missed a penalty, but scored a try on the 55 minute mark putting the visiting side within nine points of the hosts.

Shortly after the hour mark came a fine try from Frankie Neale, jinking his way through the Blaydon defence which with a conversion, saw Scottish extend their lead to 31-15. Blaydon refused to buckle and within moments Neale’s opposite number latched onto a move to cross over in the corner.

London Scottish instantly restored their advantage, although this followed a ruck on the visitor’s line from which Callum Grant’s pass found Simon Amor running through on the blind side to gather up and score.

That was the full back’s last contribution to the game, but within seconds of his replacement coming on the pitch saw the seventh Scottish try of the afternoon. In which Stuart Peel ran lightning-quick down the left of the field, to touch the ball down under the posts.

The closing minutes saw Blaydon reduced to 14 men after scrum half Tom Rock was sin-binned, Scottish took advantage of this with Ian McInroy crossing over to score as the visitor’s defence cracked under the strain, leaving the final score 46-10.

Next week, Scottish travel the short trip across South London to visit Blackheath, in a match originally due to have been played before Christmas but was postponed due to frost.

London Scottish: 46 (Tries: Damant (2), Broughton (2), Neale, Amor, Peel, McInroy; Conversions: Neale (3)

Blaydon: 20 (Tries: Fitzpatrick, Barber, Dehaty; Penalty: Armstrong; Conversion: Armstrong)

London Scottish: Neale, Broughton, Damant, McInroy, Howells, Amor, Johnson (M), Standfield, Fahey, Fullarton, Karonias, Ball, Yellowlees, Lipp (Replacements: Graham, Silvester, Soden, Brown (J), Peel)

Blaydon: Dehaty, Barber, Fitzpatrick, Baggett, Armstrong, O’Brien, Rock, Kalbraier, Hall, Clarke, Wearmouth, Pretorius, English, Wood, Jones (Replacements: MacKenzie, Graham, Trench, Vinnicombe, Dias)

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