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Three try Scots end season with defeat against ruthless Nottingham at the Athletic Ground

Three try Scots end season with defeat against ruthless Nottingham at the Athletic Ground

London Scottish ended the season with a defeat as a clinical Nottingham took their chances to secure a 46-19 win at the Athletic Ground.

London Scottish ended the season with a defeat as a clinical Nottingham took their chances to secure a 46-19 win at the Athletic Ground.

The Scots scored three tries with two from man-of-the-match Jason Harries and one from Peter Lydon, but it was the visitors that would leave with the points after an eight-try performance. 

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The result means that Scottish end the season in seventh place in the Greene King IPA Championship, with seven wins from their 20 league matches. 

Nottingham started strongly and had scored two tries within the first 10 minutes to take control of the match. A rolling maul saw Ben Hooper drive over the line and his try was converted by Tiff Eden, before James Stephenson took advantage of an overlap on the right wing to score and give his side a 12-0 lead. 

With the rolling maul causing Scottish real issues, Nottingham scored their third try just before the 20 minute mark as TJ Harris drove over from five metres out and extend the advantage to 17-0. 

Scottish then started to enjoy some more possession as they looked for a way back in to the match, but despite creating a number of opportunities it was Nottingham who were next to score.

Ben Hooper’s second try of the match secured them a try bonus point and put them 24-0 in front, before the Scots sparked in to life just ahead of half time. 

Peter Lydon, who was making his final appearance for the Scots made a break around the half way line, audaciously chipped over the top of the full-back and gathered his kick to race clear and dot down in the corner. His touchline conversion cut the deficit to 7-24 at the break. 

The Scots started the second half with more composure in possession and were making chances for themselves as they looked to fight their way back in to the match.

Jason Harries scored his first try of the match eight minutes in to the second half with an excellent try to give the 1330 in attendance further hope. Alec Coombes offloaded to Joe Atkinson who broke clear, and the flanker drew in the last defender before passing to the Welsh winger who dived over the line. The conversion cut the gap to 10 points.

However just as the Scots started to look like they could respond, Nottingham scored next to put the match beyond doubt. James Stephenson grabbed the ball from the side of a ruck and used his strength to power over the line, and he then completed his hat trick on the hour mark after finding a gap in the defence and racing away from 30 metres. Those tries extended the visitors’ lead to 14-36. 

Billy Robinson then scored Nottingham’s seventh with just over 10 minutes remaining after an overlap on the left wing allowed him to stretch his legs and run over the line from just outside the 22, but the Scots refused to lie down and got a consolation try with two minutes left on the clock. 

Scottish had the ball in the 22 and some neat hands saw Harries find himself with space, and he showed all of his pace to score in the left corner and mark his first time captaining the Scots with another try. 

Nottingham had the last word as Charlie Thacker gathered his kick over the top to score and condemn the Scots to a 19-46 defeat at the Athletic Ground on the final day of the campaign. 

Scottish will now focus on recruiting their squad for the 2017/18 season, stay tuned to the club’s social media channels for all the latest news in the coming weeks. 

London Scottish:
15 Peter Lydon 14 Ben Rath (replaced by Matt Williams) 13 Alec Coombes 12 Tom Galbraith 11 Jason Harries 10 Harry Sheppard (replaced by George Cullen) 9 Ed Hoadley (replaced by Craig Holland) 1 Grant Shiells (replaced by Jonny Harris) 2 Matti Williams 3 Ewan McQuillin (replaced by Phil Cringle) 4 Dom McGeekie (replaced by Michael Liness) 5 Alex Woolford 6 Matt Marley (replaced by Charlie Hewitt) 7 Joe Atkinson 8 Dave Sisi 

Replacements:
16 Michael Liness 17 Jonny Harris 18 Phil Cringle 19 Charlie Hewitt 20 Craig Holland 21 George Cullen 22 Matt Williams

Scorers:
Tries: Peter Lydon (40 minutes) Jason Harries (47, 79 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (40, 47 minutes)
Yellow Card: Peter Lydon 

Nottingham Rugby:
15 George Worth 14 Billy Robinson 13 Oli Evans 12 Vili Hakalo 11 James Stephenson 10 Tiff Eden 9 Darryl Veenendaal 1 Harry Morley (replaced by Tom Heard) 2 TJ Harris 3 Ben Hooper 4 Tom Holmes 5 Toby Freeman (replaced by Rob Langley) 6 Ben Morris (C) 7 Jordan Coghlan 8 Shane Buckley

Replacements:
16 Jimmy Stevens 17 Tom Heard 18 Rob Langley 19 Josh Poullet 20 Murray McConnell 21 Gearoid Lyons 22 Charlie Thacker

Scorers: 
Tries: Ben Hooper (2, 38 minutes) James Stephenson (8, 51, 58 minutes) TJ Harris (19 minutes) Billy Robinson (69 minutes) Charlie Thacker (80 minutes)
Conversions: Tiff Eden (2, 39 minutes)
Yellow Card: Tom Heard

Officials: 
Referee: Anthony Woodthorpe 
Assistant Referees: Lionel Spooner & Andy Watson
Fourth Official: Simon Harding 

Attendance: 1330

Man of the Match: Jason Harries

Half Time Score: London Scottish 7 – 24 Nottingham Rugby 

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