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RICHMOND, UK – April 17, 2010 – London Scottish FC 24 – 24 Blackheath FC

RICHMOND, UK – April 17, 2010 – London Scottish FC 24 – 24 Blackheath FC

London Scottish FC hosted Blackheath FC in this rescheduled game to a long lost annual fixture that the Exiles had not played in 12 years since both sides where in the same Allied Dunbar League 2, before Scottish were promoted to the Premiership. London Scottish drew against the Blackheath side in a National League One meeting at the Richmond Athletic Association ground in front of an 1800 strong crowd, where the recently renewed history between the two sides dates back to their very first game against each other in 1881.

London Scottish FC hosted Blackheath FC in this rescheduled game to a long lost annual fixture that the Exiles had not played in 12 years since both sides where in the same Allied Dunbar League 2, before Scottish were promoted to the Premiership. London Scottish drew against the Blackheath side in a National League One meeting at the Richmond Athletic Association ground in front of an 1800 strong crowd, where the recently renewed history between the two sides dates back to their very first game against each other in 1881.

A single point had only separated the sides when the two met at Rectory Field in February this year, with Scottish running out as the 31-30 victors. The return fixture had plenty to keep an enthusiastic and vocal crowd absorbed, with the lead changing hands several times. This game even appeared to have been won by the Exiles in a late try by the full back Stuart Peel in this dramatic local derby, only his opposing number levelled the scores with the very last kick in the closing seconds of the game.

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The opening quarter of the match saw the Blackheath number 15 and the Scottish fly half James Brown trade two penalties apiece, with both teams missing opportunities for the opening try with the Exiles flanker Mark Soden being brought down by three Blackheath defenders as he headed for the line.

There was further frustration for the home fans as Peel charged down the touchline, ball in hand and looking certain to score only for the referee to blow the whistle for a penalty to Scottish for an earlier Blackheath offence.

On 24 minutes, Scottish got the try they deserved through a move that begun by a chip from Brown into the left-hand-corner. The ball bouncing straight into the hands of winger David Howells, whose quick pass inside to centre Rory Damant left Blackheath with no chance to prevent the try which made the score 11-6 to the hosts.

Within ten minutes, Blackheath had reclaimed the lead, benefiting from the referee playing advantage where the visitors ran the ball at speed to the opposite end of the pitch where, despite Damant’s desperate covering, the ball found their young winger who touched down under the posts with a successful conversion to follow.

Scottish went into the lead ahead of the interval following a penalty from Brown, with the half-time score reaching 14-13. Just after the restart, Blackheath were ahead after their scrum-half picked up from the back of a ruck and ran in a try from 35 metres.

Another penalty from Brown reduced the gap to a single point, where on 54 minutes Blackheath’s fullback replied to restore his side’s advantage to four points while both teams had try-scoring chances, there was little hint of the dramatic finale that lay ahead.

With the clock ticking down, a penalty attempt from the Blackheath number 15 struck the posts as Scottish surged forward looking for the match winning score. Mark Soden was held up right on the line, as the man-of-the-match Tom Standfield seemed to have crossed over to huge cheers only for the referee to adjudge that the ball had not been grounded.

From the resulting five-metre scrum, Scottish won a free kick and with the ball passed quickly out to the left, Frankie Neale, on as a replacement against his former club, found Peel who dived in at the corner to the delight of the home fans. Brown’s conversion sailed over from a difficult angle and the victory appeared to have been sealed.

From the restart Blackheath forwards drove at the Scottish pack and were rewarded with a penalty 30 metres out, in which their full-back put over the uprights to make the final score London Scottish FC 24 – 24 Blackheath FC.

LONDON SCOTTISH SCORERS

Tries: Damant, Peel; Conversion: Brown; Penalties: Brown (4)

BLACKHEATH SCORERS

Tries: Ransom, Baldwin; Conversion: Humphries; Penalties: Humphries (4)

LONDON SCOTTISH LINEUP

Peel, Piotrowski, Damant, Trueman, Howells, J Brown, Amor, M Johnson, Standfield, Fahey, Karonias, Fullarton, Soden, Yellowlees, Lipp (Replacements: Ellis, Kent, Lonergan, Grant, Neale)

BLACKHEATH LINEUP

Humphries, Ransom, Windsor, Lankshear, Lewis, Vaughan, Baldwin, Cleverley, H Allen, Brett, Dewwale, Bason, Pike, D Allen, Catt (Replacements: Knight, Paddick, Winwood, Hamilton, Ibrahim)

Match Report by Simon Macmichael

Press release by Rob Kerr

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