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Impressive Scots Seal Bonus Point Win At Goldington Road

Impressive Scots Seal Bonus Point Win At Goldington Road

London Scottish secured a third bonus point win in a row this afternoon as their Greene King IPA Championship play-off ambitions received a huge boost.

London Scottish secured a third bonus point win in a row this afternoon as their Greene King IPA Championship play-off ambitions received a huge boost.

This 29-12 win over Bedford was Scottish’s first at Goldington Road since promotion back up to the Championship and with fourth placed Nottingham losing away to Jersey, the Scots moved six points clear of Nottingham and 14 clear of Rotherham in fifth who lost at Plymouth Albion.


Scottish started this game superbly and found themselves 22-0 up at the break.

Playing with the wind and slope to their advantage in the second half, Bedford got to within 10 points of Scottish.

However Matt Williams’ late try sealed victory and all five points as Bedford paid for their indiscipline which saw three Blues men sent to the sin-bin.

Scottish got off to the perfect start scoring a try inside five minutes.

Adam Preocanin won a line-out before his pack took play deep inside Bedford’s 22 through a driving maul.

Eventually Jamie Stevenson released his backline with Miles Mantella finding acres of space on the left touchline to glide home unopposed.

Peter Lydon missed the tough conversion but the full-back made no mistake with a penalty soon after to move Scottish 8-0 in front.

It got better for the visitors on 16 minutes when they crossed for their second try.

Again Preocanin secured good line-out ball and from the resulting driving maul, skipper Mark Bright peeled off the back to touch down for the 17th time this season.


Lydon’s conversion sailed over allowing Scottish to open up a 15 point advantage inside the opening quarter.

Just before the half hour mark Bedford found themselves in all kinds of trouble with Ben Gulliver then Tom Williams yellow carded in quick succession for pulling down attacking mauls.

The hosts continued to concede penalties right on their line but referee Ian Tempest was reluctant to award a penalty try.

It matter little however when, having pounded the Blues line for nearly 10 minutes, Bright scored once more from the tail of a maul, Lydon’s conversion moving Scottish 22-0 ahead.

Bedford tried desperately to get on the score sheet before half-time but Scottish held strong, aided by a great line-out steal by Josh Thomas Brown.

Bedford needed to strike first in the second half and they did just that.

Peter Lydon was yellow carded for allegedly slapping the ball out of play in the left corner.

Referee Tempest deemed it a professional foul and awarded Blues a penalty try.

Skipper James Pritchard kicked the extras making it 22-7 after just four second half minutes.

No damage was down whilst Lydon took a rest and when he arrived back the Irishman made an important tackle on winger Pat Tapley inside the 22 after a fine break by Nick Fenton-Wells from halfway.

With the wind and the slope advantage, Bedford scored a second try just after the hour mark.

Number eight Paul Tupai scored in the right corner following a driving maul.

Pritchard missed the conversion but the hosts had now reduced the deficit to just 10 points.

The Scots eventually made a foray into Bedford’s 22 in the final quarter and they made it count scoring their fourth bonus point try.

After the forwards did the hard yards, the ball was sent along the backline which resulted in Matt Williams going over following a neat pass by Connor Braid.

Dan Newton kicked the extras for 29-12.

Miles Mantella thought he had netted a brace late on and was surprised when the referee deemed the winger to have knocked on.

But it mattered little as Scottish saw out the remaining seconds for a comfortable victory.

London Scottish take on unbeaten Bristol Rugby next Saturday, February 7 at Richmond Athletic Ground, 3pm kick-off.

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The RBS Six Nations clash between France and Scotland, 5pm kick-off, will be shown in the bars after the game, so why not make it a double-header of rugby action that day!


Bedford Blues.

15, James Pritchard (c), 14, Pat Tapley, 13, Mike Le Bourgeois, 12, Viliami Hakalo, 11, Dean Adamson, 10, Jake Sharp, 9, Pete White, 1, Tom Williams, 2, Charlie Clare, 3, Jamie Currie, 4, Harry Wells, 5, Ben Gulliver, 6, Paul Tupai, Justin Blanchet, 8, Joe Vandermolen.

Used replacements: 17, Camilo Parilli-Ocampo, 18, Phil Boulton, 20, Nick Fenton-Wells, 22, Steffan Jones, 21, Darryl Veenedaal, 19, Mike Howard, 16, Antonio Harris.

Tries:  Penalty try, 43mins, Tupai, 62mins

Conversions:  Pritchard, 44mins.

Yellow cards  Ben Gulliver, Tom Williams, Darryl Veenedaal.

London Scottish

15, Peter Lydon, 14, Matt Williams, 13, Matt Hawke, 12, Connor Braid, 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Dan Newton, 9, Jamie Stevenson, 1, James Hallam, 2, Adam Kwasnicki, 3, Max Maidment, 4, Josh Thomas Brown, 5, Adam Preocanin, 6, James Phillips, 7, Chevvy Pennycook, 8, Mark Bright (c).

Used replacements  18, Ben Prescott, 20, Neil Best, 19, Gregor Gillanders, 16, Mark Lilley, 22, Lee Millar, 21, Matt Heeks.

Unused replacements: 17, David Cherry.

Tries: Mantella, 3mins, Bright, 16mins, Bright, 36mins, Williams, 76mins.

Conversions:  Lydon, 16mins, 37mins, Newton, 77mins.

Penalties:  Lydon, 9mins.

Yellow cards: Peter Lydon.

Referee: Ian Tempest

Assistant Referees: Wayne Falla and Chris Sharp.

Attendance: 2,441.

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