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Scots defeated by London Welsh in Exile Derby

Scots defeated by London Welsh in Exile Derby

London Scottish suffered a disappointing defeat in their first home match of the season, as London Welsh ran out 36-9 winners at the Athletic Ground.

London Scottish suffered a disappointing defeat in their first home match of the season, as London Welsh ran out 36-9 winners at the Athletic Ground.

The Scots started the match positively and had a 9-0 advantage after 24 minutes, but the visitors responded with five tries to secure a bonus-point win. 

Pete Lydon edged the Scots in front on the 10 minute mark with his first penalty of the afternoon, and just five minutes later the lead was doubled with another penalty. 

A third penalty made it 9-0, and with the crowd encouraged after an impressive opening 25 minutes of defence and discipline it was difficult predict what was to follow. 

From the re-start Welsh got their first try of the match. A penalty allowed them to get the ball within five metres of the try-line, and Josh McNally drove over the line to cut the score to 9-5. 

Scottish withstood some extreme pressure for the following 10 minutes, but Welsh scored on the brink of half time to head down the tunnel in the lead. Kieran Murphy turned the ball over and scored, with Joe Carlisle edging them 12-9 ahead. 

The visitors started the second-half in similar fashion, and extended their advantage on 45 minutes when Barney Maddison drove over the line from close range to put them 19-9 in front. 

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Both sides were struggling with handling in the rain, and on the hour mark Welsh secured their try bonus point to make it even more of an uphill task for the Scots.

Seb Jewell found a gap in the defence to dance through and score under the posts, with the conversion that was quickly followed by a penalty making it 29-9. 

The Scots looked to end the game on a high and had the ball within inches of the Welsh try-line, but the ball was agonisingly knocked-on, summing up a frustrating afternoon. 

Welsh rounded off the scoring with a try from Kristian Phillips in the corner with the clock dead to give them a 36-9 victory. 

Scottish now face a trip to Yorkshire next weekend to face Rotherham Titans on Saturday as they search for their first victory of the new Greene King IPA Championship season.
 
London Scottish:

15 Ben Rath (replaced by George Cullen) 14 Ben Robbins 13 Tom Galbraith 12 Harry Sheppard 11 Cameron Ives 10 Pete Lydon 9 Jamie Stevenson (replaced by Hugh Fraser) 1 Grant Shiells (replaced by Jonny Harris) 2 Dave Cherry (replaced by Cameron Fenton) 3 Ewan McQuillin (replaced by Dan Koroi) 4 Charlie Hewitt (replaced by Dom McGeekie) 5 Rory Bartle (c) 6 Ally Miller 7 Joe Atkinson 8 Danny Kenny (replaced by Matt Marley)

Replacements:

16 Cameron Fenton 17 Jonny Harris 18 Dan Koroi 19 Dom McGeekie  20 Matt Marley 21 Hugh Fraser 22 George Cullen

Scorers: 
Penalties: Peter Lydon (10, 17, 24 minutes)

London Welsh: 

15. Chris Elder, 14. Kristian Phillips, 13, Nick Reynolds 12. Seb Jewell, 11. Miles Mantella, 10. Joe Carlisle, 9. Rob Lewis, 1. James Hallam, 2, Adam Kwasnicki, 3. Ben Cooper, 4. Josh McNally, 5. Ben West, 6. Barney Maddison, 7. Ryan Hodson (C), 8. Kieran Murphy.

Replacements: 

16. Koree Britton, 17. Nathan Trevett, 18. Lovejoy Chawatama, 19. Aaron Carpenter, 20. Ben Pienaar, 21. Ryan Glynn, 22. Heath Stevens.

Scorers: 
Tries: Josh McNally (26 minutes) Kieran Murphy (37 minutes) Barney Maddison (45 minutes) Seb Jewell (59 minutes) Kristian Phillips (80 minutes)
Conversions: Joe Carlisle (37, 45, 59, 80 minutes)
Penalty: Joe Carlisle (64 minutes)

Officials: 
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth 
Assistant Referees: Lionel Spooner & Andy Watson
Fourth Official: Matt Turvey

Half-Time Score: London Scottish 9-12 London Welsh

Attendance: 1146

Man of the Match: Ally Miller 

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