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Scots Earn Hard Fought Win At Doncaster

Scots Earn Hard Fought Win At Doncaster

London Scottish claimed a valuable 19-9 victory over Doncaster Knights this afternoon at Castle Park to further consolidate their position in the Greene King IPA Championship's top four.

London Scottish claimed a valuable 19-9 victory over Doncaster Knights this afternoon at Castle Park to further consolidate their position in the Greene King IPA Championship’s top four.

Tries in either half from Matt Heeks and Matt Williams proved the difference between the sides which gave the Scots back-to-back victories heading into the remaining B&I Cup fixtures.


Superior game management and a clever kicking game by the Scots throughout tailored with a never-say-die attitude in defence also contributed to this hard-earned victory.

Full-back Peter Lydon gave Scottish a lead inside five minutes through a penalty before the visitors scored their opening try on eight minutes.

From an attacking maul 10 metres out, scrum-half Matt Heeks found space down the blind side, dummying a pass to winger Matt Williams, then diving over the line.

Lydon’s conversion drifted wide before Donny piled on the pressure for a five minute spell which Scottish survived thanks to some terrific defending on their own line.

Donny did reduce the deficit before half time through a Dougie Flockhart penalty but in truth the opening half was a frustrating one for spectators not helped by a huge amount of scrums which were incomplete.

Flockhart made it a two point game early in the second half courtesy of his second penalty before Peter Lydon replied in kind from near halfway for 11-6.

The Scots scored their second try just after the hour mark.

A powerful half break by PJ Gidlow ended with the ball going through the hands of the backline, Lydon eventually feeding Matt Williams who scampered in at the right corner.

The conversion by Dan Newton was missed but Scottish were now crucially two scores ahead at 16-6.

In the final ten minutes, Matt Williams summed up a stellar defensive effort from the Scots with a try saving tackle on opposite man Tyson Lewis following a fine George Catchpole break.

In the closing stages Flockhart thought he had earned the hosts a losing bonus point with his third penalty but Lydon denied them even a point, kicking his own third penalty with the last play of the game after former London Scot Tyler Hotson was penalised for going over the top of a ruck.

London Scottish take on Connacht Eagles in a B&I Cup clash next Saturday, November 29th, 7pm kick-off.

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London Scottish:

15, Peter Lydon, 14, Matt Williams, 13, Lee Millar, 12, PJ Gidlow, 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Dan Newton, 9, Matt Heeks, 1, James Hallam, 2, Adam Kwasnicki, 3, Ben Prescott, 4, James Phillips, 5, Gregor Gillanders, 6, Neil Best, 7, James Chisholm, 8, Mark Bright (c).

Used replacements:  22, Chris Auld, 19, Tai Tuisamoa, 16, Mark Lilley, 17, David Cherry, 18, Max Maidment.

Unused replacements:  20, Chris Walker, 21, Ben Calder.

Tries: Heeks (8mins), Williams (65mins)

Penalties Lydon (5mins, 55mins, 80mins.)

Doncaster Knights:

15, Paul Jarvis, 14, Dougie Flockhart, 13, George Catchpole, 12, Bevon Armitage, 11, Tyson Lewis, 10, Paul Roberts, 9, Bruno Bravo, 1, Richard List, 2, Ben Hunter, 3, Colin Quigley, 4, Matt Challinor, 5, Tyler Hotson, 6, Phil Eggleshaw, 7, Michael Hills (c), 8, Alex Shaw.

Replacements: 16, Jack Cosgrove, 17, Jack Bergmanas, 18, Tiziano Pasquali, 19, Latu Makaafi, 20, Will Foden, 21, Stephen Hihetah, 22, Jack Maplesden.

Penalties Flockhart (29mins, 44mins, 79mins)

Referee Darren Gamage

Assistants Claire Daniels and Andrew Jackson

Attendance: 1487

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