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Nottingham Edge Out Scots At Meadow Lane

Nottingham Edge Out Scots At Meadow Lane

Nottingham Rugby leapfrogged London Scottish into third place in the Greene King IPA Championship this afternoon thanks to a nervy 22-21 win in their final match at Meadow Lane.

Nottingham Rugby leapfrogged London Scottish into third place in the Greene King IPA Championship this afternoon thanks to a nervy 22-21 win in their final match at Meadow Lane.

Will Maisey’s 78th minute penalty proved to be the winning kick for the Greene and Whites with Peter Lydon’s subsequent penalty effort in the final minute drifting wide of the left hand post at the other end.


It was harsh on Scottish and particularly Lydon who had kicked 21 points, seven perfect penalties, before his late miss.

Lydon’s opening penalty gave Scottish a 3-0 lead inside two minutes before Nottingham hit back quickly through a try by scrum half Sean Romans following a concerted period of pressure in the visitors 22.

Dan Mugford kicked the conversion then Lydon’s second penalty straight from the restart made it 7-6 before the Irishman restored Scottish’s lead with a third successive penalty on 16 minutes.

Another superb strike from near halfway by Lydon moved Scottish 12-7 ahead only for Martin Haag’s side to respond impressively scoring a second try midway through the half.

It came from a rolling maul which was pulled down illegally in the left corner, referee Steve Lee having no hesitation in awarding a penalty try.

Mugford’s conversion pushed Nottingham 14-12 ahead before full-back Lydon was at it again kicking his fifth penalty meaning Scottish had a one point lead at the interval.

The former Stade Francais youngster continued his kicking form straight after the restart, his latest penalty moving Scottish 18-14 ahead.

Scottish were totally dominant at scrum time and the referee’s patience ran out with Nottingham’s pack, Steve Lee sin-binning props Michael Holford and Conor Carey in quick succession with the visitors pressing for a try.

Crucially, the Meadow Lane outfit withstood the huge pressure on their own line, before going up the other end of the pitch and scoring a third try, Tongan winger Pila Iongi dotting down in the left corner.

Mugford missed the tricky conversion which allowed Lydon to restore Scottish’s lead, 19-21, again straight from kick off, with his seventh penalty.

Replacement Will Maisey nudged Nottingham back in front, 22-21, when the referee remarkably penalised Scottish for a scrum offence with two minutes remaining.

Referee Lee then penalised Nottingham at a scrum inside their own half but Lydon’s kick, the final act of the game, drifted wide.

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London Scottish: 15, Peter Lydon, 14, Matt Williams, 13, Matt Hawke, 12, Connor Braid, 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Dan Newton, 9, Matt Heeks, 1, James Hallam, 2, Adam Kwasnicki, 3, Max Maidment, 4, James Phillips, 5, Gregor Gillanders, 6, Neil Best, 7, Chris Walker, 8, Mark Bright (c).

Used replacements: 19, Josh Thomas Brown, 20, Chevvy Pennycook, 22, Harry Sloan, 21, Jamie Stevenson.

Unused replacements: 16, Mark Lilley, 17, David Cherry, 18, Ben Prescott.

Penalties: Lydon, 2mins, 10mins, 16mins, 21mins, 38mins, 41mins, 69mins.

Sin-Binned: Neil Best

Nottingham Rugby: 15, Billy Robinson, 14, Ryan Hough, 13, Ed Styles, 12, Javiah Pohe, 11, Viliame Iongi, 10, Dan Mugford, 9, Sean Romans, 1, George Porter, 2, Sean Malton, 3, Conor Carey, 4, Toby Freeman, 5, Dan Montagu, 6, Rupert Cooper, 7, Brent Wilson (c), 8, Paul Grant.

Used replacements: 16, Campese Ma'Afu, 17, Jon Vickers, 20, Tom Calladine, 18, Michael Holford, 19, Tom Price, 22, Will Maisey.

Unused replacements: 21, Alex Smit

Tries: Romans, 8mins, Penalty Try, 23mins, Iongi, 68mins.

Conversion: Mugford, 8mins, 23mins

Penalties: Maisey, 79mins.

Sin-Binned: Michael Holford, Conor Carey

Referee: Steve Lee.

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