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Last Gasp Scots See Off Moseley

Last Gasp Scots See Off Moseley

A successful James Love penalty with the final play of the game secured London Scottish their first away win since December at Billesley Common this afternoon.

A successful James Love penalty with the final play of the game secured London Scottish their first away win since December at Billesley Common this afternoon.

Love's kick in tricky conditions, which made it 23-20 at full-time, ended Moseley's 100 per cent record at home this year and gave Scottish a major boost ahead of next Sunday's Exiles clash against London Welsh at the Athletic Ground.


Moseley looked to have snatched a draw thanks to winger Matt Williams' try three minutes from time but there was still enough seconds on the clock for Scottish to regain possession and force the error from Moseley inside their 22.

Love then made no mistake from the tee to keep the pressure on fourth placed Rotherham Titans who secured a bonus point victory at Plymouth Albion this afternoon.

London Scottish started the match slowly and were punished when Moseley flanker Olly Robinson sauntered in under the posts from 20 metres after an untidy Scots line-out.

Oliver Thomas kicked the extras to make it 7-0 in as many minutes before Love was short with a tough penalty attempt into a swirling wind.

Moseley stretched their lead to 10-0 when Scottish conceded a penalty inside their own 22 having gifted the hosts possession courtesy of a scrum against the head.

The visitors finally woke from their slumber with Mark Bright crashing over from close range for his 13th league try of the season following fine work on the right wing by James Love.

Love missed the conversion and almost immediately Moseley worked their way up field, full-back Anthony Carter seemingly spilling the ball over the try line as desperate Scottish defending kept them at bay.

Eventually Scottish won a penalty from a scrum on their own line which eased the pressure.

Moseley try scorer Olly Robinson was sin-binned on 35 minutes and the 14 men were made to pay when Neil Best galloped in under the sticks from distance after a fine offload by fly-half Dan Newton.

It got even better for Scottish on the stroke of half-time when Bright cruised over in the right hand corner after Dave Lyons released him 10 metres from the line.

Love's conversion was missed but the Scots were 17-10 to the good at the interval.

A stop-start opening to the half saw Scottish claim the first points, James Love slotting over a simple penalty from right in front which eased his team into a 20-10 lead.

Moseley knew they has to score next and they did just that soon after, Olly Robinson going over unopposed for his second try in the left corner.

The conversion by Thomas was missed but it was now a five point game with more than a quarter of the match remaining.

With the wind against them, Moseley were keeping the ball in hand as often as they could which made for an entertaining spectacle.

They were rewarded for this enterprise when winger Matt Williams scored in the left corner after a quick tap penalty by scum-half Sam Brown began the attack.

Thomas's conversion was missed and right at the death James Love stepped up to kick the winning points.

Listen to penalty hero James Love's post match interview here.

Listen to Mike Friday's post match interview here.

Watch Neil Best's post match interview here.

London Scottish next take on London Welsh on Sunday, March 30th at the Athletic Ground, 2pm kick-off.

For full details and to purchase tickets, click here.

London Scottish:

15, Jim Thompson; 14, James Love; 13, Mike Doneghan; 12, PJ Gidlow; 11, Miles Mantella; 10, Dan Newton; 9, Jordi Pasqualin; 1, Nick Mayhew; 2, Adam Kwasnicki; 3, Tom Francis; 4, Tyler Hotson; 5, David Lyons; 6, Neil Best; 7, Matt Everard; 8, Mark Bright (c).

Used replacements: 22, Dante Mama, 21, Andy Reay; 17, George Hunter..

Unused replacements: 17, Tedd Stagg; 18, Lewis Thiede; 19, Paul Spivey; 20, Ben Pattenden

Tries: Bright (2), Best

Conversions: Love

Penalties: Love (2)



15, Anthony Carter; 14, Simon Hunt; 13, Scott Armstrong; 12, Will Owen; 11, Matthew Williams; 10, Ollie Thomas; 9, Sam Brown; 1, Craig Voisey; 25, Adam Caves; 3, Ben Evans; 4, Mike Powell; 24, Greg Charlton; 6, Neil Mason; 7, Oliver Robinson; 8, Chris Brightwell.

Used replacements:20, Buster Lawrence; 21, Ryan Glynn; 18, Adam Parkins; 16, Tom Warren; 19, Nigel Burrows.

Unused replacements: 17, Will Evans; 22, Mike Penn.

Tries: Robinson (2), Williams.

Conversions: Thomas

Penalties: Thomas.

Sin-Binned: Robinson.

Referee: Andrew Jackson

Assistant Referees: Marcus Caton and Lionel Spooner.

London Scottish Supporters' Man of The Match:  Adam Kwasnicki. 

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