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Scots Hold On To Remain Top Of The Table

Scots Hold On To Remain Top Of The Table

London Scottish withheld a valiant Bedford Blues fight back this afternoon to remain top of the Greene King IPA Championship after three rounds thanks to a 36-30 win.

London Scottish withheld a valiant Bedford Blues fight back this afternoon to remain top of the Greene King IPA Championship after three rounds thanks to a 36-30 win.

The 1379 in attendance were treated to a nine try thriller at Richmond Athletic Ground with the Scots scoring five tries to the visitors four.


However they nearly let slip a 36-20 advantage after 62 minutes allowing Bedford a way back into the game inside the final quarter – Mike Rayer’s side eventually coming away with a deserved two points.

The Scots impressed in attack but time and again their defence let them down which kept Bedford within striking distance of pulling off what would have been a remarkable victory.

Scottish took the lead on six minutes, winger Matt Williams scoring his first try for his new club, collecting a superb cross kick from Dan Newton to power in under the posts.

Lydon kicked the simple extras before Bedford’s James Pritchard did likewise from the tee with a penalty after nine minutes.

The Scots claimed their second try two minutes later. A powerful catch and drive by the forwards took the attacking side within 15 metres of the line.

A neat snipe by Jamie Stevenson then saw the scrum-half feed Adam Preocanin who had the presence of mind to offload to centre PJ Gidlow, making his 50th Scottish appearance, who crashed over.

Lydon’s conversion opened up a 14-3 advantage.

Bedford struck back with a try of their own midway through the half.

It followed a fine break by stand-off Steffan Jones who took advantage of some weak defence before Henry Staff fed Canadian Prichard who went over.

The full-back converted his own try to moved Blues to within four points.

Scottish hit back in impressive style almost immediately.

A now customary catch and drive from a line-out near Bedford’s line ended with skipper Mark Bright dotting down for his seventh try of the season.

Lydon’s confident conversion moved Scottish 11 points ahead one again before a Prichard penalty made it 21-13.

Right on half-time the Scots secured their bonus point.

Alert nine Jamie Stevenson touched down after stealing the ball from the base of a Bedford scrum right on their line which was under huge pressure from the home pack.

Lydon’s conversion was missed but the Athletic Ground outfit were 26-13 ahead at the interval.

A determined Blues outfit hit back early in the second half.

Pritchard barged his way over Mike Doneghan inside his own half before a delightful flicked pass allowed winger Dean Adamson to score under the posts.

Pritchard’s conversion made it 26-20 but a quick fire Lydon penalty moved the Scots nine points ahead.

Matt Willams was convinced he had his second try just before the hour mark when he latched on to Lydon’s grubber kick only for referee Dean Richards to adjudge he had knocked on over the line.

It mattered little however because the Scots soon got their fifth try.

From an attacking line-out, Bright peeled off the resulting maul, feeding Stevenson for his second try of the afternoon.

Lydon’s touchline conversion made it 36-20.

Bedford then went over at the other end with outside centre Michael Lebouregois collecting a Jake Sharp’s crossfield kick and touching down.

The conversion was missed but the visitors were now trailing by just 11 points.

It got better for Blues when winger Pat Tapley went through a weak tackle by Lee Millar to make it a six point game with less than 10 minutes remaining. Jake Sharp missed the resulting conversion.

The visitors pressed for a fifth and potentially winning score near the end but Scottish held on to make it a perfect 15 points from a possible 15 after three league games.

Listen to Matt Williams' post match interview here.

Watch Mike Friday's LSTV interview here.

Gidlow – We Must Raise Our Game – click here.

London Scottish's next home match is against Plymouth Albion on Sunday, October 5, 3.15 kick-off.

Tickets and hospitality for this Greene King IPA Championship clash at Richmond Athletic Ground is now on sale here.

London Scottish:
15 Peter Lydon (replaced by Lee Millar), 14 Matt Williams, 13 Mike Doneghan, 12 PJ Gidlow, 11 Miles Mantella, 10 Dan Newton, 9 Jamie Stevenson (replaced by Sam Stuart), 1 James Hallam (replaced by Mark Lilley), 2 Adan Kwasnicki, 3 Max Maidment (replaced by Stewart McGuire), 4 Sam Twomey, 5 Adam Preocanin, 6 Neil Best (replaced by Gregor Gilanders), 7 Chevvy Pennycook, 8 Mark Bright (c)
16 Mark Lilley, 17 David Cherry, 18 Stewart McGuire, 19 Tai Tuisamoa, 20 Gregor Gilanders, 21 Sam Stuart, 22 Lee Millar
Tries:   Matt Williams (5 minutes) PJ Gidlow (10 minutes) Mark Bright (28 minutes) Jamie Stevenson (40, 62 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (5, 11, 28, 63 minutes)
Penalties: Peter Lydon (44 minutes)
Bedford Blues: 
15 James Pritchard (replaced by Jim Wigglesworth), 14 Pat Tapley, 13 Michael Lebouregois, 12 Henry Staff, 11 Dean Adamson, 10 Steffan Jones (replaced by Jake Sharp), 9 Peter White (replaced by Darryl Veenendaal), 1 Billy Moss (replaced by Camilo Parilli-Ocampo), 2 Jared Saunders (replaced by Charlie Clare), 3 Phil Boulton (replaced by James Currie), 4 Mike Howard, 5 Harry Wells, 6 Paul Tupai, 7 Josh Buggea, 8 Nick Fenton-Wells (c).
16 Charlie Clare, 17 Camilo Parilli-Ocampo, 18 James Currie, 19 Eoin Sheriff, 20 Darryl Veenendaal, 21 Jake Sharp, 22 Jim Wigglesworth
Tries: James Pritchard (23 minutes) Dean Adamson (41 minutes) Michael Lebouregois (67 minutes) Pat Tapley (74 minutes)
Conversions: James Pritchard (23, 41 minutes)
Penalties:  James Pritchard (8, 35 minutes)
Yellow Card: Harry Wells
Referee: Dean Richards
Assistant Referees: Clare Daniels and Roy Maybank
Fourth Official: Veryan Boscowan
MAN OF THE MATCH: Jamie Stevenson

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