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Match Reports: Strong start to the season for the Juniors

Match Reports: Strong start to the season for the Juniors



U15s Match Report by Ralph Ealey
LSFC 17 – 14 Hertford
Definitely a game of two halves. First half the U15s played uphill into the wind. They played well but numerous handling errors meant they threw away the solid attacking platforms they had created. One run away try followed by a second try both converted by Hertford meant we were 14-0 down at half time. Apart from the opening 5 minutess Hertford had the edge on possession and territory. However the Scottish defence throughout the first half was immense.

The second half was different again with the wind behind us and running down hill. Scottish had the majority of the possession and territory. Handling errors disappeared and we worked the phases. First try to Louis classic forward drive converted by Oliver. Second a beautiful rolling maul of 5-7 metres went to Sam LF but we missed the conversion. 3 minutes to go the boys had played really well at 14-12 to Hertford but it wasn’t enough for them. A beautifully executed backs try grounded by Melvyn in the dying minute meant we came away with a 17-14 Win.

So far a bonus point draw and a win for our first season in division 2. Amazing play with coaching credit to Rob Stevenson. Next Sunday a home league fixture against Saracens.

U14s Match Report written by Larry Moore
LSFC 41 – 10 Bank of England
Herts and Middlesex Leagues
In their third match of the season and first League game London Scots U14s chalked up another win and in common with the previous games won by a comfortable margin despite having a number of players absent, in this instance either injured or attending to Remembrance Day duties elsewhere.  Luca Pilkington-Massey was a welcome returnee after long term injury and was joined by a player from the recent past – Isaac Zawada – making a return.

Nikolaj McCormick, one of five players in the squad to be included in county Developing Player Programmes, got the team off to a fabulous start scoring two impressive tries for the team.  All players in the team were contributing in a dominant performance be it Bailey Bright running some insightful lines from the wing or hard graft by Edan Calway and Nicholas Gutierrez in the second row which ensured that there was sufficient possession to be used.

Matteo Clements added another try to bring the half time score to 17-5.  Matteo is another player to benefit from the policy of playing players in different positions to challenge and develop them.  Moving from an outside back to openside flanker is certainly a challenge but one that Matteo is determined to crack.


After half time some good runs with the ball by Finlay Turner , Zaki Osahn and Finlay Moore were topped by the latter scoring a hat trick of tries, two of which were converted by Conor McNeaney.  New boy Cristos Papaminas scored from a typically aggressive long range charge to finish an excellent performance by all the players.

U13s Match Report written by KP Doyle
LSFC 4 -1 Harpenden
Herts and Middlesex Leagues
After Saturday’s and early Sunday’s deluge, the sun came out to give excellent playing conditions for our first league match.
A match day squad of 19 saw the inclusion of Laurence and Alex, both returnees from their days with the Minis.

From the outset we were aggressive in defence, pushing Harpenden back on each phase of play, ultimately leading to a fantastic interception try by winger Max T. The restart saw us continue to be offensive without possession and a turnover at the ruck was quickly recycled through the backs, for captain on the day, Josh F’s typical mazy run to rather fortuitously break through several tame tackles for us to lead 2-0 at half time.

The second half saw some changes as all the squad got some game time with the inevitable disruption – substitutions coming fast and furious with much of the team blowing showing need for some fitness work.

Harpenden came back strongly but we held our shape, with fly half Max M mixing it up with some precision cross field kicking ultimately leading to the pack driving over in the corner. Harpenden scored a run away try against the run of play, through some poor tackling and lack of concentration before James J capped off a man of the match performance with a  high stepping, aggressive run from the base of a strong ruck – what’s expected of a modern day prop! He left nothing on the pitch covering as much ground as the very combative and battered back row of Carlo (dead leg) and Gabriel (stud to head) with scrum half Arthur putting in nearly as many big hits too.

4-1 the final score against a big, well drilled team that we outplayed through good rucking and some excellent handling in the backs to create the space to score. The scrum was a noticeable improvement too. A great bounce back from lessons against Windsor’s A squad.
Key training points – too many missed tackles in 1on1’s, too many forwards standing between the half backs and a need to up the fitness.
Man of Match – James J

U12s Matches Report written by Colin Adams
LSFC – Bank of England – Teddington
Middlesex Championship
London Scottish Under 12s hosted Round 1 of the Middlesex Championships on Sunday, playing teams from Bank of England and Teddington. The Championships are a series of triangular fixtures played over four Sundays spread throughout the season, and influence which league the boys will join next year.

The day started with all teams hugged in a circle to remember those young lives that were lost during the wars.

The U12s have a smaller squad than some Sunday’s opponents and had some key players unavailable, but the team was to step up and play with determination against two stronger outfits Bank of England and Teddington.  Unfortunately the results did not come their way in the end but Scottish showed some great passages of play, recycling of the ball in attacking phases and defending doggedly at times there were some notable individual performances from the boys. However, their opponents were quick to capitalise on some loose handling and won several turnover balls in rucks before converting their chances successfully.

We were delighted to have two new players make their competitive debut in Oscar and Owen (the latter scoring an excellent try against Bank of England). The coaches will reflect on the performances and consider how to help the boys turn their effort and commitment into improved results in time for the next Championship games in December.

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