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RICHMOND, UK – March 27, 2010 – Stourbridge RFC 27 – 14 London Scottish FC

RICHMOND, UK – March 27, 2010 – Stourbridge RFC 27 – 14 London Scottish FC

London Scottish FC played their third away game in succession against midlands side Stourbridge, in which an unhappy series of events resulted in the Exiles coming away with their third loss in a row. However, unlike their previous matches against Otley and Launceston, where only a single point separated the sides a large point difference was felt this time around by the visitors

London Scottish FC played their third away game in succession against midlands side Stourbridge, in which an unhappy series of events resulted in the Exiles coming away with their third loss in a row. However, unlike their previous matches against Otley and Launceston, where only a single point separated the sides a large point difference was felt this time around by the visitors

Scottish started the game just four points behind league leaders Esher, but having played three games more and Stourbridge battling to climb clear of the third relegation place – the West Midlands side were fired up for the match and took a second-minute lead through a penalty from their centre.

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Just two minutes later the hosts were eight points ahead after their prop scored the first of the side’s four tries, finishing off a move from deep in the Stourbridge half although their conversion attempt failed to find the mark.

On 20 minutes, another interception resulted in Stourbridge’s second try of the afternoon with their winger taking the ball as the London Scottish looked sure to score. The host’s scrum half stole the Scottish ball and sprinted 70 metres, to touch down under the posts resulting in a 15-0 lead.

Five minutes later the home team claimed their third try, with their second row going over in the corner after a drive from the Stourbridge pack leaving the score 20-0 to the hosts.

Despite the Scottish pack playing well and even having the better of the forward exchanges, Stourbridge marshalled their defence well closing the ball down quickly whenever the visitors tried to get it out wide. This denied the visitors many opportunities belying the teams’ respective league positions.

Just before half-time Scottish finally got their first points on the board. This fittingly came from the forwards, with flanker Ben Lonergan crashing over after a scrum close to the Stourbridge line.

Full-back Frankie Neale added the conversion to make the score at the interval 20-7, but hopes of a second-half turnaround were dealt a blow in the 53rd minute when Stourbridge claimed the bonus point with their fourth try following a chip over the Scottish defence with a conversion to secure extra points.

Despite two Stourbridge sin-binnings with the home side playing much of the remainder of the match with a one-man disadvantage, Scottish were frustrated in their efforts to translate their numerical superiority into a score until the closing minutes. A penalty try was awarded where Scottish managed to clawed back seven points, Neale adding the conversion to make the score 27-14.

With the referee blowing the final whistle shortly afterwards, that provided scant consolation although Stourbridge’s win should go a long way towards securing their place in National 1 next season.

London Scottish FC will return to the familiar surroundings of the Athletic Ground this coming Saturday, where they host the Newbury Blues, 28-22 victors over Redruth at the weekend.

Stourbridge: 27 ( Tries: Baker, Richardson, Atkinson, Rodley; Conversions: Robinson (2); Penalties: Robinson (2) )

London Scottish: 14 ( Tries: Lonergan, penalty try; Conversions: Neale (2) )

Stourbridge: Bressington, Watkins, Billig, Robinson, Fellows, Higgins, Richardson, Sturdy, Collins, Baker, Homer, Atkinson, Hughes, Rodley, R Cooper (Replacements: Hunter-Blair, W Cooper, Barkley, Thomas, Davies)

London Scottish: Neale, Broughton, Damant, Trueman, Piotrowski, Amor, Grant, Johnson, Standfield, Graham, Karonias, Smith, Yellowlees, Lonergan, Lipp (Replacements: Kent, Palmer, McInroy, Peel, Ellis)

Match report by Simon MacMichael, with thanks to Ian Aitken

Press release by Rob Kerr

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