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London Scottish v Moseley Preview

London Scottish v Moseley Preview

London Scottish return to home soil this coming Sunday, when they host a former traditional rival Moseley FC. Scottish will be looking to make amends for their loss at Doncaster Knights to ensure that they start to climb the league table.

London Scottish return to home soil this coming Sunday, when they host a former traditional rival Moseley FC. Scottish will be looking to make amends for their loss at Doncaster Knights to ensure that they start to climb the league table.

Moseley football club were formed in 1873 through the fine gentlemen of Haverlock cricket club who wanted a winter sport when the cricket season had finished. Their original ground the Reddings was first leased in 1880 and remained their home for the next 118 years before the club went into administration in 1998. In the early years of the club they were pioneers of the game and in 1882 they became the first team to beat the touring New Zealand Maori side. From the mid 60's the club went through a golden age and the fixture list included all of the top Welsh and English sides of the time. For the next 15 years or so, the club enjoyed tremendous success in the National Cup competitions, winning the knock-out Cup in 1982, defeating Gloucester in the final.

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Moseley have play at the Championship level or its equivalent since the 2006/7 season and have consolidated their position at this level ever since. Last season they finished 11th in the regular season and achieved safety in the relegation play offs. This season has seen the club win their last home game against Esher 35 – 21 and a commendable 27 – 27 draw at home to Cornish Pirates. It's on the road that Moseley have encountered their biggest challenge so far, without tasting success. Notwithstanding this, they will come to the Richmond Athletic Ground
determined to make life as difficult as possible for Scottish.

Moseley have a number of Scots in their squad and supporters should lookout for the following players who could well be turning out on Sunday; props Marshall Gadd and Colin Quigley, Scotland U20 flanker Michael Maltman and Scotland U20 centre Callum McBurnie. 

This Sunday will be another tough encounter for the Scottish side. The opening games of the Championship have been a big learning curve on the standards required at this level and it is very clear from the performances so far that the Scottish side have the ability, skills and capability to succeed. The Scottish side will be fully determined to entertain the home supporters and achieve another home victory. 

Let’s get down to the match and cheer on the side. C’mon Scottish and see you all there!

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London Scottish 37 – 21 Moseley

London Scottish 37 – 21 Moseley

London Scottish gained a valuable bonus point 37 -21 win against a dogged Moseley team. The match was played in cricket like weather conditions and both the teams should be commended for putting on such a scintillating and a hard fought contest. As a result of this win Scottish moved two places up the Championship league table.

London Scottish gained a valuable bonus point 37 -21 win against a dogged Moseley team. The match was played in cricket like weather conditions and both the teams should be commended for putting on such a scintillating and a hard fought contest. As a result of this win Scottish moved two places up the Championship league table.

Moseley kicked off in bright sunshine, playing towards the sports club end of the ground with the temperature close to 29 degrees.  The opening phases of the games were played in the Scottish half of the pitch as Moseley attempted to exert their authority on the match; however the Scottish defence held firm.  Scottish relieved the pressure when Moseley were caught offside just outside the home teams 22 metre area.  Moseley kept up the pressure through a very good kick down the Scottish left flank by winger Billy Robinson which was collected by the covering Scottish scrum half Matt Heeks who took the ball into touch. Moseley were given the first opportunity to open the scoring on the 9th minute when Scottish were penalised for not rolling away at a ruck just inside their half.  Robinson pulled his kick with the ball drifting to the left of the posts. Shortly afterwards, Scottish made their first serious foray into the Moseley half when number 8 Mark Bright took a quick tap penalty and took play deep into the Moseley 22 metre, however a Scottish knock on halted this promising attack.

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Scottish opened the scoring on the 14th minute. Ollie Grove took a superb catch on the half way line and weaved his way through the Moseley defence, eventually being halted in the visitors 22 metre. The ball was moved out through the backs to fly half Dan Mugford who dived over in the corner. Mugford missed his touchline conversion attempt. On the 19th minute the Moseley full back Anthony Carter was yellow carded for deliberately slowing the ball down as the Scottish attack was threatening to drive through the Moseley defence 15 metres from their try line. Mugford extended the Scottish lead to 8 points through the subsequent penalty from Carter’s indiscretion.  Scottish pushed the lead out further on the 24th minute when Grove struck over a difficult conversion attempt after Moseley were penalised for holding onto the ball in a ruck. The Scottish forwards were in complete ascendency and second row Josh Brown led a rampaging charge down the centre of the field deep into the opposition’s territory with the ball being fed out to the backs and winger Tim Holgate being held up a few metres short of the Moseley line.  From a scrum 5 metres out Bright picked up at the base of the scrum and dived over to score.  Mugford missed the conversion attempt.

Scottish were now totally dominating the play and on the 35th minute winger David Howells collected the ball out wide on the Scottish left flank. He cut through a number of Moseley defenders and was half tackled just short of the try line. As he was not held in the tackle he dived over the line, however the referee ruled that he had made a double movement and disallowed the try.  With the first half coming to an end, the home side were camped in the Moseley 22 metre and Moseley were again penalised as their scrum half infringed at a ruck. Mugford coolly converted to leave the half time score 19 -0, which was a fair reflection of the play in the first half.

Scottish carried on where they left off in the opening phases of the second half and had the Moseley side on the back foot. The home side scored their third try of the match on the 45th minute when  a break down the blind side by prop Lewis Theide took Scottish into the visitors 22 metre. Theide off loaded to the supporting Bright who scored his second try of the match 10 metres in from the touchline.  On the 55th minute the Moseley attack made a very good break into the Scottish 22 metre and the scrambling Scottish defence were penalised, with Howells being shown the yellow card for the first time in his career. Moseley immediately capitalised on their player advantage and put their first points on the board when they caught and drove over at a line out 5 metres short of the Scottish line with number 8 Michael Ellery emerging with the ball. Fair play to the Moseley side as they began to pressurise the Scottish defence, which bore fruition on the 63rd minute, when centre Andy Reay ghosted past a number of Scottish defenders to score to the right of the posts. Winger Ollie Thomas converted to leave the score 24 -14. With the Moseley tails up they could sense that they could further close the gap and did so on the 69th minute when Reay was put in by Robinson, with Thomas adding the extras to close the score to 24 -21.

Scottish began to dig deep and on the 73rd minute they had the Moseley defence on the back foot in their own 22 metre. There were a number of last ditch Moseley tackles preventing Scottish from scoring again, however Moseley were soon penalised in front of their posts, with Mugford putting the game beyond any further Moseley comeback. Two minutes later Mugford intercepted a wayward Moseley backs pass as again the Scottish attack was penning the Moseley side in their 22 metre. Mugford raced away to score beneath posts and converted a simple conversion attempt.  Scottish were finishing the match on a high tempo and even in the closing minutes of the game they were forcing the opposition to defend their try line. Moseley conceded a further penalty at a scrum in the last minute of the game, which Mugford duly converted to leave the final score 37 -21.

This was a tremendous performance by the whole Scottish match squad, which ensured that the first try bonus point of the season was secured. The disappointments of the last two previous matches were quickly forgotten, as Scottish now begin to climb the league table. With a further home game next weekend against  Leeds Carnegie, who will be making their first ever visit to the Richmond Athletic Ground, it promises to be another very tough encounter on the cards. Look out for the match preview later in the week.

 

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