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Scottish close in on semi-final place after bonus point win over Moseley.

Scottish close in on semi-final place after bonus point win over Moseley.

Third placed London Scottish took a major step towards securing a Championship semi-final spot for the very first time this afternoon after impressively seeing off struggling Moseley at Richmond Athletic Ground.

Third placed London Scottish took a major step towards securing a Championship semi-final spot for the very first time this afternoon after impressively seeing off struggling Moseley at Richmond Athletic Ground.

The Scots claimed a convincing 35-3 bonus point win, scoring five tries in the process which now moves them 12 points ahead of fourth placed Nottingham who lost on Friday to Cornish Pirates.

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Peter Lydon kicked five successful conversions and scored a try for a total of 15 points with Mark Bright netting a brace of tries.

Harry Sloan also went over for a try towards the end of the first half and scrum half Jamie Stevenson scored Scottish’s third try.

It was the perfect response to last week’s disappointing draw at Plymouth and comes ahead of a break from action before Scottish’s next match away to Jersey on Saturday March 7th.

Moseley scored their only points of the game inside five minutes courtesy of a long range penalty effort from stand-off Will Hooley.

The lead didn’t last long however with the Scots going over for their opening try on 10 minutes.

After winning a penalty from a collapse scrum near half way, Peter Lydon’s brilliant nudge pushed Scottish deep into Moseley’s 22.

Gregor Gillanders secured the line-out before a powerful attacking maul surged towards, then over, the line, with skipper Mark Bright touching down for his 18th league try of the season.

 


Lydon kicked the conversion for 7-3.

The Scots turned the screw for the rest of the half dominating both territory and possession.

Execution let the hosts down a number of times, the backs spurning a string of decent attacking opportunities and the forwards misfiring at line-out time when in sight of Moseley’s try line.

They did however get a second try which their pressure merited just before half time.

Following yet another line-out near Moseley’s line, scrum half Stevenson sent inside centre Harry Sloan through a hole, five metres out, allowing the dual-reg Quin to score under the posts.

Lydon kicked the conversion which opened up a 14-3 advantage at the break.

Moseley were reduced to 14 men early in the second half when prop Craig Voisey was sin-binned for collapsing one scrum too many.

This didn’t stop the visitors from enjoying their best spell of the game thereafter as they camped themselves in Scottish’s 22 in the third quarter, only for brilliant scrambling defence to deny them a score on several occasions.

As the hour mark approached Moseley saw another forward, Nathan Williams, sent to the bin before Scottish claimed their third try which was served up on a plate by the Birmingham outfit.

Hooker Adam Caves missed his man from a line-out right on Moseley’s line allowing Stevenson to collect the ball at the tail to score the simplest of tries.

Lydon again kicked the extras to edge Scottish 21-3 ahead.

The bonus point arrived within three minutes of the restart.

This time from a Scottish attacking line-out, Gillanders was found by David Cherry and Moseley had no answer to the driving maul with Bright scoring his second try of the day.

Lydon made no mistake once again from the tee before the Irishman scored Scottish’s fifth try soon after.

As Moseley tried to force their way back into the game, a pass went astray in the back division with Lydon doing well to read the move, intercepting and galloping in from 30 metres out.

He then made it a perfect five out of five from the kicking tee for 35-3 and although the Exiles had chances to add to their  lead, they were content to settle for a 32 point winning margin and the maximum five league points.


London Scottish host Doncaster Knights at Richmond Athletic Ground on FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 7.45pm kick-off.

Depending on results over the next few weeks, a win against Doncaster could confirm Scottish a place in the end of season play-offs!

Hospitality is already selling well for Friday Night Lights and you can book your space online here for just £30!

Match tickets start at just £12 for members and £15 for non-members and under-16s can get in for free (Clan, standing ticket).

Purchase tickets online here.

Richmond Card holders (excluding Visitor Richmond Cards) can get into the game for £10 (one Clan, standing, ticket per card holder) whilst Aviva Premiership club season ticket holders can watch London's ONLY Championship club for just £5 (one Clan, standing, ticket per season ticket holder) if they present their season ticket at the gate.

Under-16s get in for free (Clan, standing ticket).

London Scottish:

15, Lee Millar, 14, Matt Williams, 13, Matt Hawke (replaced by Mike Doneghan), 12, Harry Sloan, 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Peter Lydon, 9, Jamie Stevenson (replaced by Matt Heeks), 1, James Hallam (replaced by Mark Lilley), 2, James Stephenson (replaced by David Cherry), 3, Max Maidment (replaced by Ben Prescott), 4, James Phillips, 5, Josh Thomas Brown (replaced by Adam Preocanin), 6, Gregor Gillanders, 7, Chris Walker (replaced by Lewis Ludlow), 8, Mark Bright (c).

Replacements:

16, Mark Lilley, 17, David Cherry, 18, Ben Prescott, 19, Adam Preocanin, 20, Lewis Ludlow, 21, Matt Heeks, 22, Mike Doneghan.

Scorers:

Tries: Mark Bright (10, 60 minutes) Harry Sloan (39 minutes) Jamie Stevenson (57 minutes) Peter Lydon (66 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (10, 39, 58, 61, 68 minutes)

Moseley:

15. Anthony Carter; 14. Mike Penn; 13.Scott Armstrong; 20. Greg King (replaced by Drew Cheshire); 11. Josh Skelcey; 10. Will Hooley; 9. Sam Brown (replaced by Alex Day). 1. Craig Voisey; 2. Adam Caves; 3.Shaun Knight (replaced by Aaron Gardiner); 4. Neil Mason (replaced by Harry Hone); 25. Nile Dacres (replaced by Alex Woolford); 6. Buster Lawrence; 7. Ed Siggery; 8. Chris Brightwell.

Replacements:

16. Nathan Williams; 17. Scott Tolmie; 18. Aaron Gardiner; 19. Harry Hone; 24.Alex Woolford; 21. Alex Day; 22. Drew Cheshire

Scorers
Penalties: Will Hooley (4 minutes)
Yellow Cards: Craig Voisey & Nathan Williams
Officials:

Referee: Greg Macdonald

Assistant Referees: Richard Kelly & Simon McConnell

Fourth Official: Fergus Kirby

HALF TIME: LONDON SCOTTISH 14 – 3 MOSELEY

FULL TIME: LONDON SCOTTISH 35 – 3 MOSELEY

ATTENDANCE: 1553

MAN OF THE MATCH: Peter Lydon

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