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SCOTTISH CLAIM BONUS POINT IN AWAY AT BLAYDON

Blaydon 11 London Scottish 29 London Scottish yesterday achieved an emphatic victory against Blaydon, running in four tries to secure a bonus point and leapfrog the Tyneside club into fifth place in National League 1. It was the club's first league victory on the road this season following defeats away to Cambridge and high-flying Esher. On an overcast afternoon in the North East, the visitors took the early initiative, full back Frankie Neale kicking a first-minute penalty for a 3-0 lead, although Blaydon fly half Elliott O'Brien levelled the scores four minutes later through a drop goal that went over via the post. Blaydon 11 London Scottish 29

Blaydon 11 London Scottish 29 London Scottish yesterday achieved an emphatic victory against Blaydon, running in four tries to secure a bonus point and leapfrog the Tyneside club into fifth place in National League 1. It was the club’s first league victory on the road this season following defeats away to Cambridge and high-flying Esher. On an overcast afternoon in the North East, the visitors took the early initiative, full back Frankie Neale kicking a first-minute penalty for a 3-0 lead, although Blaydon fly half Elliott O’Brien levelled the scores four minutes later through a drop goal that went over via the post. Blaydon 11 London Scottish 29

London Scottish yesterday achieved an emphatic victory against Blaydon, running in four tries to secure a bonus point and leapfrog the Tyneside club into fifth place in National League 1. It was the club’s first league victory on the road this season following defeats away to Cambridge and high-flying Esher. On an overcast afternoon in the North East, the visitors took the early initiative, full back Frankie Neale kicking a first-minute penalty for a 3-0 lead, although Blaydon fly half Elliott O’Brien levelled the scores four minutes later through a drop goal that went over via the post.

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For the remainder of the first half, however, Scottish dominated, running in three tries before the interval. The first came on the quarter hour and was scored by skipper Gary Trueman after a scrum 15 metres out from the Blaydon line, Neale putting the conversion over to make it 10-3.

Ten minutes later, winger David Howells stretched the visitors’ lead, sprinting down the left to score, and again Neale’s aim was unwavering as he sent his conversion attempt over.

A yellow card for No.8 Jason Smithson for failing to release reduced Blaydon to 14 men shortly after the half hour and Scottish capitalised, centre Ian McInroy picking up a pass from fly half James Brown to weave his way through the home defence to score. This time, however, Neale failed to add the extra points.

O’Brien managed to send a penalty over as the first half drew to a close, but the 22-6 score at the break was a fair reflection of the visitors’ superiority in the opening 40 minutes.

The second half was a scrappier affair, the high spot for Scottish being a try from Neale in the 56th minute that secured the bonus point, the full back intercepting as Blaydon sought to break out of their own 22, and adding the conversion to bring his personal points tally from the match to 14.

With the game safe, Scottish eased off and on 65 minutes, Blaydon centre James Fitzpatrick claimed a try for the hosts to complete the scoring following a quick tap penalty.

London Scottish head coach Brett Taylor said afterwards that it was satisfying to have secured the first away win of the season, particularly after such a long journey, and to have claimed a bonus point in the process. “An away win was one of the things we hadn’t done this year,” said Taylor, and we’re really glad to have done it on a day when we had a long travel plan.”

Taylor continued, “we’ve succeeded in how we’ve gone about our business today and to have got a bonus point as well, away from home against a good side in terms of tactics and how they play. I’m proud of the boys, we set our stall out early and played very professionally today.”

Besides those fans who had made the long trip up from London, the match gave a rare opportunity for supporters living in Scotland to see the team in action, and Taylor acknowledged the importance of the away support to the side, saying “it it’s absolutely stunning, the boys went over to them and showed their appreciation, it means a hell of a lot to have a fantastic travelling support coming away with us especially such a long way from our home, it helps massively.”

Next week, Wharfedale visit the Athletic Ground. Currently second in the table, the Yorkshire side are likely to provide a stern test for Scottish as well as a good benchmark of how the side has adapted to the demands of National League 1.

Home Team
Blaydon 11 (Try: Fitzpatrick; Penalty: O’Brien; Drop Goal: O’Brien)
Away Team
London Scottish 29 (Tries: Trueman, Howells, McInroy, Neale; Conversions: Neale (3); Penalty: Neale)
Home Team
Blaydon: Dematy, Barber, Rock, Fitzpatrick, McShane, O’Brien, Thorne, Kalbraher, Hall, Clarke, Pretorius, Wearmouth, Wood, Riddell, Smithson (Replacements: MacKenzie, Graham, Jones, Wilson, Baggett)
Away Team
London Scottish: Neale, Piotrowski, McInroy, Trueman, Howells, Brown J, Amor, Johnson, Standfield, Fahey, Karonias, Palmer, Brown O, Lonergan, Lipp (Replacements: Silvester, Johnson, Volley, Damant, Smith)
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