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Calder and Pennycook Help Scottish To Thrilling Moseley Win

Calder and Pennycook Help Scottish To Thrilling Moseley Win

London Scottish earn third away win of the season as they return to winning ways, beating Moseley 20-25 at Billesley Common.

London Scottish earn third away win of the season as they return to winning ways, beating Moseley 20-25 at Billesley Common.

A late try from Lewis Calder helped London Scottish earn a third away win of the season as they got back to winning ways after an entertaining game at Billesley Common.


Calder grabbed two tries and Chevvy Pennycook one as Scottish twice came from behind to record an impressive win against a stubborn Moseley defence. With James Love taken off injured in the first half, kicking duties fell to Oli Grove and the centre didn't disappoint, landing a penalty and two excellent conversions.

The teams were greeted by surprisingly sunny weather as they took to the field and it was Scottish who took the early advantage, via a 40 metre penalty from James Love. The winger's afternoon was to take a turn for the worse pretty soon, however, as his clearance kick was charged down seconds after the restart and Billy Robinson followed in to score the first try of the game for Moseley.

Full back Ollie Thomas converted the try and then added a penalty to establish a good lead for the hosts early on. Scottish were also beset by injury troubles. Love was forced to go off injured and Jamie Stevenson was moved to the wing, with Richard Bolt coming on at scrum half.

Scottish struck back soon, however, as Adam Kwasnicki picked out Paul Spivey at the top of the lineout and the visiting pack rumbled forwards, with Calder getting the ball over the line. Simon Whatling failed with the conversion attempt and Thomas then added another penalty for the home side, taking their lead back out to five points.

Scottish were moving the ball well and converted-winger Stevenson made an electric break down the right wing. His kick on was gathered by the Moseley defence but Stevenson was able to charge down the clearance kick and keep Scottish in Moseley territory. After going through the phases, Grove almost burst clear, only to be stopped by a desperate diving tackle.

Play came back for a Scottish penalty and Grove, having now been handed kicking duties, cut the lead down to two points. And it got better for Scottish before the half time break, as the forwards got another huge drive going from the lineout and Pennycook was able to touch down across the line, against his old team. Grove converted for a 13-18 half time lead.

Moseley came out strongly in the second half and immediately set about putting the Scottish defence under pressure. After the hosts had won a scrum 10 metres away from the visitors' try-line, the referee then made both sides go through five separate scrum resets and, with the home crowd baying for a penalty try, the ref duly obliged and Thomas converted to put Moseley 20-18 in front.

From then it was almost all Scottish as they searched for a winning score. Grove broke through the line once again and fed Jim Thompson but the full back was hauled down just short of the line. Scottish were awarded several penalties but kept showing impressive attacking ambition with quick-taps, much as they had done against Plymouth last weekend.

And this time, it was to bring rich reward. After spending over 15 minutes trying to find a way through, replacement hooker Harry Allen picked out Tyler Hotson in the lineout and the Scottish pack swarmed in to move the ball forward. The Moseley defence went backwards, Scottish shirts drove on and Calder, at the back of the maul, spotted a gap and dived through it to score.

With Miles Mantella holding the ball on the kicking tee due to wind, Grove nailed a superb conversion from out wide on the right and Scottish had a five point lead with just minutes to go. Moseley poured forward, desperate for a try to level the match but Scottish's defence was resolute and, after a few nail-biting minutes, they stole the ball and Thompson was handed the chance to kick it out into touch to seal a fantastic win.

London Scottish's final home match of the season is against Bristol at the Richmond Athletic Ground on Saturday 13th April. It's set to be a busy day so be sure to book your tickets online early to avoid disappointment!

It's also time to vote for your Watches of Switzerland Player of the Season. This year's vote is between Mark Bright, Phil Godman, Adam Kwasnicki, James Love and Chevvy Pennycook. Click here to vote and to find out about your chance to win a holiday for two in Tobago.

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