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Late drama as last-minute Lydon drop goal gives Scottish one-point win over Welsh

Late drama as last-minute Lydon drop goal gives Scottish one-point win over Welsh

Peter Lydon's last minute 35-metre drop goal secured London Scottish a historic 11-10 victory over London Welsh at the Athletic Ground.

Peter Lydon’s last minute 35-metre drop goal secured London Scottish a historic 11-10 victory over London Welsh at the Athletic Ground.

Welsh took the lead with just five minutes to go and it looked like they had snatched the win, but with the clock going dead Lydon’s second last-minute winner in two weeks gave the Scots their fourth win in a row. 


In what was an uneventful first-half, the visitors opened the scoring through an early penalty from Joe Carlisle to give them a 3-0 lead after just three minutes. 

Lydon levelled the scores on the 20-minute mark, his penalty from just outside the 22 put the Scots back on terms. 

Drew Locke appeared to have scored in the corner after a period of sustained pressure from Scottish, but just as the celebrations began, referee Andrew Small blew his whistle, calling Jason Harries’ pass forward. 

The teams went down the tunnel at half-time with the scores level at 3-3, and the match was to explode into life in the second period. 

Mark Bright, who was given the man-of-the-match award scored just five minutes into the second half as Scottish looked to take control of the match. 

A penalty was kicked into the touch and a driving maul which rumbled towards the line from 20-metres allowed the captain to dot down for his fifth try of the season. Lydon’s conversion went narrowly wide, but Scottish had an 8-3 lead. 

Scottish again built their performance on defence, however Welsh broke through with just five minutes left as they appeared to have stolen the win.

Darren Waters broke away from a rolling maul and evaded the defence to score for the team from Old Deer Park. Joe Carlisle’s conversion gave them a 10-8 advantage with 76 minutes on the clock. 

The Scots had a great opportunity straight from the restart as they gathered the ball, but after closing in on the Welsh line they were penalised for crossing and the win looked out of their grasp.

However in dramatic fashion the Scots snatched victory to send the Athletic Ground crowd wild. With Scottish pressing, the referee gave advantage to the home side, and Lydon took a chance at a drop goal with the knowledge of a penalty to follow.

From a difficult angle and 35-metres out the ball fell through the posts and gave the Scots their second last-gasp victory in a row in the most challenging of circumstances. 

London Scottish:
15 Peter Lydon 14 Matt Williams 13 Drew Locke 12 Jason Harries 11 Joe Marchant 10 Oli Grove 9 Russell Weir (replaced by Matt Heeks) 1 Kurt Schonert (replaced by James Gibbons) 2 Adam Kwasnicki (replaced by David Cherry) 3 Max Maidment (replaced by David Young) 4 Neale Patrick (replaced by Will Carrick Smith) 5 Josh Thomas Brown 6 Rory Bartle 7 Chris Walker 8 Mark Bright (c)


19 David Cherry 17 James Gibbons 18 David Young 16 Will Carrick Smith 20 Alex Brown 21 Matt Heeks 22 Craig Jackson 

Tries: Mark Bright (45 minutes)
Penalties: Peter Lydon (19 minutes)
Drop-goal: Peter Lydon (79 minutes)

London Welsh:

15. Seb Jewell, 14. Chris Elder, 13. Nic Reynolds (replaced by James Lewis), 12. Olly Barkley, 11. Martyn Thomas, 10. Joe Carlisle, 9. Rob Lewis (replaced by Josh Davies), 1. Darryl Marfo, 2. Koree Britton (replaced by Harry Allen) 3. Ben Cooper, 4. Josh McNally, 5. Matt Corker (C), 6. Will Skuse (replaced by Darren Waters), 7. Ryan Hodson, 8. Kieran Murphy.


16. Harry Allen, 17. Ricky Reeves, 18. Jack Gilding, 19. Ben West, 20. Darren Waters, 21. Josh Davies, 22. James Lewis.

Tries:Darren Waters (75 minutes)
Conversions:Joe Carlisle (76 minutes)
Penalties: Joe Carlisle (3 minutes)

Referee: Andrew Small
Assistant Referees: Darryl Chapman & Phillip Watters
Fourth Official: Robert Warburton 

Half-Time: London Scottish 3-3 London Welsh 

Full-Time: London Scottish 11-10 London Welsh 

Attendance: 1438

Man-Of-The-Match: Mark Bright


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