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London Scottish Frustrated by early season form

London Scottish Frustrated by early season form

Following promising form and pressure during the early stages of the game, Barking proved too strong an opponent for Scottish; with the home side going down 17-24 and falling to their second defeat of the season at the Richmond Athletic Ground.

Following promising form and pressure during the early stages of the game, Barking proved too strong an opponent for Scottish; with the home side going down 17-24 and falling to their second defeat of the season at the Richmond Athletic Ground.

The second game of the 2010/11 Season and the second of back-to-back games at home started with Scottish on the front foot making all of the running. The first 20 minutes of Saturday’s game showed that Simon Amor and his team had worked hard during the week to cut out the error rate which plagued their first match against Blackheath.

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During this period David Howells opened the scoring with a try in the corner on 15 minutes through superbly worked play which Frankie Neale stepped up and converted.

At 7-0 up with Scottish in the ascendancy and creating more opportunities, Barking scored against the run of play and in their first visit to the Scottish 22m. After a lineout led to an under pressure Neale misjudging a chip kick, Samuel Stanley gathered the loose ball and went under the posts which Adam Armstrong dually converted.

The momentum then swung in Barking’s favour when a penalty converted by Armstrong was shortly followed with a try by Henry Staff. Scott Alfred grabbed a loose ball and broke the defense setting Staff up for the score. Armstrong converted to give Barking a 10 point lead going into half-time.

With Adam Kwasnicki and Matt Johnson coming on for Clarke and Standfield, the second-half began in similar fashion to the first with London Scottish dominating proceedings. Their efforts were rewarded by a superbly taken try from Sam Harding running in from 30 yards.

However, almost immediately from the restart a cross field kick from Barking’s fly half Sam Stanley bounced off a Scottish defender and was gathered by winger David Vincent who sprinted 40 meters to score, giving Barking the lead 12 – 24.

It would appear that lady luck was not to be on Scottish’s side as Frankie Neale had to receive attention for a serious injury which saw him stretchered off the field and replaced by Rory Damant.

After the lengthy injury delay both teams battled hard to gain the upper hand and wrestle for momentum. Following a period of sustained pressure Scottish through a pick and drive brought the score to within seven with a try from front row forward Head Prop Craig McGrath. Unfortunately James Brown was unable to convert, leaving Scottish one from five with the boot.

With a possible victory within their grasp, Scottish worked hard to get the final match winning points. However, it was simply not meant to be as the referee appeared to blow his whistle, as much as 7 minutes early by some calculations, and leave Scottish having to settle with a losing bonus point for the second game in a row.

Following another hard fought defeat London Scottish Head Coach Simon Amor said “This was an incredibly frustrating result. I was pleased on one hand as we certainly cut down the errors from our previous match, but was very disappointed with some of our first phase play and the lack of urgency in some of our play during certain periods. We certainly have not made it easy on our self’s but we also know that this season is going to be very tough with the league having so many good teams.”

As Scottish now look ahead to next weekend’s local derby against Rosslyn Park, Amor and his team will be looking to right some of the wrongs of the past two games and find themselves in a stronger position ahead of Redruth’s visit to the Richmond Athletic Ground on Saturday September 25th kick-off 3pm.
 

Home Team
David Howells (15), Samuel Harding (43), Craig McGrath (58)
Away Team
Samuel Stanley (18), Henry Staff (39), David Vincent (47)
Home Team
(15) Frank Neale, (14)  Stephen Hihetah, (13) Ian McInroy, (12) Gary Trueman (C), (11) David Howells, (10) James Brown, (9) Callum Grant, (1) Alexander Clarke, (2) Thomas Standfield, (3) Craig McGrath, (4) Andrew Newman, (5) Alexander Karonias, (6) William Lipp, (7) Thomas Yellowlees, (8) Samuel Harding SUBSTITUTES: (16) Matthew Johnson, (17) Adam Kwasnicki, (18) Darrell Ball, (19) Owain Wallbyoff, (20) Rory Damant
Away Team
(15) Adam Armstrong, (14) David Vincent, (13) Henry Staff, (12) Kevin Sorrell, (11) Scott Alfeld, (10) Samuel Stanley, (9) Matthew Heeks, (1) Jared Saunders, (2) Jack Owens, (3)Aaron Liffchak, (4) Thomas Burns, (5) Benjamin Thomas, (6) James Ngan, (7) Anthony Andrews, (8) James Kellard (C) SUBSTITUTES: (16) Michael Pointing, (17)Edward Ambrose, (18) Lee Griffiths, (19) Harry Owens, (20) Nico Fraser
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