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Back to back wins for Scottish with victory over Bedford Blues

Back to back wins for Scottish with victory over Bedford Blues

London Scottish scored three tries in a fine second-half display to beat Bedford Blues 24-12 at the Athletic Ground.

London Scottish scored three tries in a fine second-half display to beat Bedford Blues 24-12 at the Athletic Ground.

The Scots trailed 7-0 at the break but tries from Mark Bright, Matt Williams and Chris Walker gave Scottish an impressive victory against a Bedford side who beat Bristol away on the opening weekend of the season.

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The first half was an uneventful 40 minutes, and Bedford took a deserved lead on 37 minutes thanks to a try from Pat Tapley. Scottish’s defence held strong for the majority of the match, but on this occasion the Blues were able to capitalise on an overlap and the winger scored in the corner. Myles Dorrian’s conversion gave Bedford a 7-0 advantage.

The second half saw a much-improved Scottish take to the field, and after 48 minutes they levelled the scores. A line-out from five metres out saw the inevitable happen, with Mark Bright driving over the line for his fourth try of the season so far. Peter Lydon’s conversion made it 7-7 and gave the Scots the momentum required for victory.

Just four minutes later Matt Williams scored his first try since coming back from injury and put Scottish ahead. Oli Grove’s up-and-under bounced and conveniently fell into the hands of Williams who raced clear from half-way to score under the posts. Lydon’s conversion from in front of the posts put the Scots ahead for the first time in the match. 

Bedford got themselves back within touching distance on the hour mark. Piers O’Conor was the beneficiary of a miss-kick from Grove when attempting to clear, which allowed the full-back to fortuitously score and reduce the deficit to just two points. 

Lydon was successful with a penalty attempt four minutes later to give the Scots a five-point advantage, before Chris Walker rounded off a great move to score in dramatic fashion. 

A turnover inside the Scottish 22 gave them space to move the ball out wide, and after Williams had beaten three defenders the ball was recycled to Walker, who clattered through a tackle and showed an impressive turn of pace to run in from 40 metres.  

The conversion from Lydon gave Scottish a 24-12 lead which was the way the score stayed, and meant that the Scots head into the away match at Yorkshire Carnegie next weekend with confidence high. 

London Scottish:

1 James Gibbons (replaced by James Hallam) 2 Adam Kwasnicki (replaced by David Cherry) 3 Max Maidment (replaced by David Young) 4 Will Carrick Smith (replaced by Neale Patrick) 5 Josh Thomas Brown 6 Chevvy Pennycook 7 Chris Walker 8 Mark Bright (c) 9 Matt Heeks (replaced by Russell Weir) 10 Dan Newton 11 Matt Williams 12 Oli Grove 13 Drew Locke 14 Jason Harries 15 Peter Lydon (replaced by Miles Mantella)

Replacements:

20 David Cherry 17 James Hallam 18 David Young 19 Neale Patrick 16 Kieran Treadwell 21 Russell Weir 22 Miles Mantella

Scorers:
Tries: Mark Bright (48 minutes) Matt Williams (52 minutes) Chris Walker (72 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (48, 52, 72 minutes)
Penalties: Peter Lydon (64 minutes)

Bedford Blues:

15. Piers O’Conor 14. Pat Tapley 13. Michael Le Bourgeois 12. Ollie Dodge 11. Dean Adamson 10. Myles Dorrian 9. Jordan Burns 1. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo 2. Charlie Clare 3. James Currie 4. Paul Tupai 5. Mark Flanagan 6. Harry Wells 7. Josh Buggea  8. Nick Fenton-Wells (c) 

Replacements: 

16. Ben Wilkinson 17. Jack Culverhouse 18. Mike Howard 19. Hayden Thompson-Stringer 20. Henry Taylor 21. Jake Sharp 22. Henry Staff

Scorers:
Tries: Pat Tapley (38 minutes) Piers O’Conor (60 minutes)
Conversions: Myles Dorrian (38 minutes)

Officials:
Referee: Matthew Carley
Assistant Referees: Richard Kelly & Clare Daniels
Fourth Official: Simon Harding

Half-Time: London Scottish 0 – 7 Bedford Blues

Full-Time: London Scottish 24 – 12 Bedford Blues

Attendance:1154

Man-Of-The-Match: Matt Williams

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