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Scots disappointed as Ealing Trailfinders scrape victory at the Athletic Ground

Scots disappointed as Ealing Trailfinders scrape victory at the Athletic Ground

London Scottish were left frustrated as they couldn't convert their second-half dominance, and eventually fell to a 28-22 defeat to Ealing Trailfinders.

London Scottish were left frustrated as they couldn’t convert their second-half dominance, and eventually fell to a 28-22 defeat to Ealing Trailfinders.

In what was a topsy turvy match when both sides looked to have taken the initiative, it was the visitors who prevailed. The Scots trailed 14-5 at the break and found themselves camped on the Ealing line in the final 10 minutes, but were unable to get over the line and the hosts were condemned to a third consecutive defeat in all competitions. 


Ealing had the better of the opening exchanges and went in front after just three minutes with a try from Alex Bradley. The flanker was able to drive over the line from a rolling maul, and Alex Davies’ conversion gave them a 7-0 lead. 

Rory Hughes scored his second try in as many matches after eight minutes to open the Scottish account for the afternoon. The Scotland winger beat his defender in the midfield and broke clear to score, however Peter Lydon’s conversion went narrowly wide. 

Hughes had a golden chance five minutes later but was unable to stretch over the line. The Scots executed an impressive set move from the base of a lineout, but with an overlap on the left hand side Hughes stretched for the line and knocked on which allowed Ealing to clear the danger. 

Adam Preocanin came back to haunt his old side five minutes before half time to increase Ealing’s advantage. The ex-London Scot evaded the defenders from just five-metres out to score under the posts. Davies’ conversion gave them a 14-5 lead at the break. 

Luke Daniels scored within a minute of the restart to give Ealing’s travelling supporters even more reason to smile. An up-and-under bounced awkwardly for the Scottish defence, and allowed the full-back to race clear and score. Another Davies conversion gave them a 21-5 advantage, and also gave Scottish another second-half mountain to climb. 

A Lydon penalty cut the gab to 13 with a strike from just outside the 22, before Chris Walker scored to bring the Scots right back in to the match. The flanker was able to drive over from a forwards drive, and the conversion from Lydon made it 15-21 with 55 minutes on the clock. 

Ealing scored straight after to give them some breathing space. Alex Bradley went over for his second try of the match as they showed their dominance from another five-metre lineout, and the conversion put them 13 points ahead with one quarter of the match left. 

After some massive pressure from the Scots they scored through Oli Grove’s fourth try of the season in the 69th minute. Dan Newton’s grubber allowed the centre to get in behind the defence and score to cut the gap again. Lydon’s conversion set us up for a grandstand finish with 11 minutes to play. 

Alex Davies was sin-binned to give the Scots even more cause for optimism, and George Horne looked to have scored the match-winning try after side-stepping three defenders, but referee Andre Jackson judged that the scrum-half was held-up before putting the ball down. 

Scottish were putting huge pressure on the Ealing line, but the visitors held them out and celebrated a precious victory in the Greene King IPA Championship.

The Scots now face Bedford Blues at Goldington Road on New Year’s Day, in a match which kicks off at 15:05 and is being broadcast live on Sky Sports. 

London Scottish: 
15 Peter Lydon 14 Jason Harries 13 Robbie Fergusson 12 Oli Grove 11 Rory Hughes 10 Dan Newton 9 George Horne 1 James Gibbons (replaced by Jack Cosgrove) 2 Adam Kwasnicki (replaced by David Cherry) 3 Matt Shields (replaced by Geoff Cross) 4 Neale Patrick (replaced by Rory Bartle) 5 Will Carrick Smith 6 Mark Bright (c) 7 Chris Walker 8 Freddie Clarke

16 Jack Cosgrove 17 David Cherry  18 Geoff Cross 19 Rory Bartle 20 Tyrone Moran  21 Matt Heeks  22 Lee Millar

Tries: Rory Hughes (8 minutes) Chris Walker (53 minutes) Oli Grove (69 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (53, 69 minutes)
Penalties: Peter Lydon (47 minutes)

Ealing Trailfinders:
15 Luke Daniels 14 Callum Wilson 13 Sam Stanley 12 Joe Munro 11 James Stephenson 10 Tristan Roberts 9 Alex Davies 1 Will Davis 2 Rhys Lawrence (captain) 3 Michael Halford 4 Carwyn Jones 5 Adam Preocanin 6 Harrison Orr 7 Alex Bradley 8 Chris York

16 Jamie Kilbane 17 Alun Walker 18 Sam Rodman 19 Llewelyn Jones 20 Arthur Ellis 21 Alex Walker 22 Will Harries

Tries: Alex Bradley (3, 56 minutes) Adam Preocanin (35 minutes) Luke Daniels (41 minutes)
Conversions: Alex Davies (3, 35, 41, 56 minutes)
Yellow Card: Alex Davies 

Referee: Andrew Jackson
Assistant Referees: Philip Watters & Michael Hudson
Fourth Official: Veryan Boscawen

Half-Time: London Scottish 5 – 14 Ealing Trailfinders

Full-Time: London Scottish 22 –  28 Ealing Trailfinders

Man-Of-The-Match: George Horne 

Attendance: 1260



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