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Scots fall to Doncaster at Castle Park

Scots fall to Doncaster at Castle Park

London Scottish fell to their third defeat in a row after a 19-10 loss to Doncaster Knights at Castle Park. 

London Scottish fell to their third defeat in a row after a 19-10 loss to Doncaster Knights at Castle Park. 

The Scots had a 10-6 lead at half-time after an impressing opening first 40 minutes, but Doncaster put in a huge second half display to come from behind and deny Scottish. 


Peter Lydon’s try, conversion and penalty had Scottish 10-3 ahead after 20 minutes, but in the closing stages of the first half they failed to turn possession into points which ultimately exposed the Scots. 

Doncaster took an early lead with a penalty from Dougie Flockhart, the hosts put the Scots under a huge amount of pressure in the opening 10 minutes and had a 3-0 advantage in as many minutes. 

Scottish responded well and nearly crossed for their opening try on 18 minutes. With multiple phases in the Knights 22, the ball was spun wide to Matt Williams but the winger was dragged down just short of the line. Oli Grove then made a dart from the base of a ruck but again was just inches short and eventually Doncaster earned themselves a penalty. 

The Scots got themselves on the scoreboard shortly after. Freddie Clarke chased an up-and-under and was impeded in the process, giving Peter Lydon his first attempt of the afternoon. His kick sailed through the posts to bring the scores level at 3-3. 

Just two minutes later Scottish scored their first try of the afternoon. Peter Lydon sent the ball high, and it dropped in space in the Doncaster 22. The bounce fooled the defenders and allowed the full-back to score under the posts, showing impressive pace to dot the ball down before it went past the dead-ball line. His conversion put the Scots 10-3 ahead. 

Flockhart cut the deficit to four points just before the half-hour mark, before Scottish applied a huge amount of pressure before the break. 

Matt Williams gathered another up-and-under, which led to the Scots being awarded a penalty, but Lydon’s strike went narrowly wide. 

With the clock ticking towards 40 minutes, Scottish had a scrum five metres from the Doncaster line but as they inched closer to the line the defence held firm and a turn-over sent the teams down the tunnel with the Scots holding a slender 10-6 advantage. 

Doncaster started to dominate in the second period, a break from Paul Jarvis down the wing spelled danger for the Scots, but he was eventually hauled down by Matt Heeks after seeing off a number of defenders. 

The pressure eventually told with 15 minutes to go. September’s Championship Player of the Month Latu Makaafi was on the end of a driving maul to put the Knights in front, and Flockhart’s conversion from the touchline gave them a 13-10 lead. 

Flockhart scored his third penalty of the afternoon to extend the advantage to six points just two minutes later as the Knights took control. 

Scottish spent the majority of the closing stages in the Doncaster half as they pushed for the victory. Despite a couple of scrums deep in the 22 the Knights held firm and were able to clear.

The Scots were denied a losing bonus-point with the last kick of the match, as Flockhart’s fourth penalty saw the gap grow to a defining nine points.

With no fixtures in the Greene King IPA Championship next weekend, the next match sees Scottish host Jersey at the Athletic Ground on Saturday, 7th November at 14:00, when the Scots will look to get themselves back on track. 

Doncaster Knights:
15) Paul Jarvis, 14) Dougie Flockhart, 13) Mat Clark, 12) Will Hurrell, 11) Tyson Lewis, 10) Ollie Bryant, (replaced by Sam Olver) 9) Sam Edgerley, (replaced by Brad Field) 1) Richard List, 2) Ben Hunter (replaced by Vili Veikoso), 3) Colin Quigley, 4) Tyler Hotson, (replaced by Glen Young)  5) Jon Phelan, 6) Latu Makaafi, 7) Michael Hills ©, 8) Alex Shaw.

16) Jack Bergmanas, 17) Vili Veikoso, 18) WillGriff John, 19) Glen Young, 20) Will Owen, 21) Sam Olver, 22) Brad Field.

Tries: Latu Makaafi (65 minutes)
Conversions:Dougie Flockhart (65 minutes)
Penalties: Dougie Flockhart (3, 27, 69, 80 minutes)

London Scottish:
15 Peter Lydon 14 Matt Williams 19 Jason Harries 12 Mark Bright (c) 11 Joe Marchant 10 Oli Grove 9 Matt Heeks (replaced by Ben Calder) 1 James Hallam (replaced by James Gibbons) 2 Adam Kwasnicki (replaced by David Cherry)  3 Jimmy Litchfield 4 Josh Thomas Brown 5 Will Carrick Smith (replaced by Rory Bartle) 6 Kieran Treadwell 7 Chris Walker (replaced by Eoghan Grace). Blank Freddie Clarke 

David Cherry, James Gibbons, Andrew Turner, Rory Bartle, Eoghan Grace, Ben Calder, Craig Jackson.

Tries: Peter Lydon (21 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (21 minutes)
Penalties: Peter Lydon (19 minutes)

Referee: John Meredith
Assistant Referees: Ross Campbell & Simon Adams
Fourth Official: Jamie Leahy

Half-Time: Doncaster Knights 6  – 10 London Scottish

Full-Time: Doncaster Knights 19 – 10 London Scottish


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