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Scottish Close in on the League Leaders

Scottish Close in on the League Leaders

On a bitterly cold winter's afternoon, London Scottish recorded their 13th consecutive victory, winning 38 - 20 against a very spirited Otley side who never gave up throughout the match. Scottish also delivered their 5th consecutive 30 + points tally in front of their home supporters, to move within 2 points of the league leaders Barking, whose match at Macclesfield was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

On a bitterly cold winter’s afternoon, London Scottish recorded their 13th consecutive victory, winning 38 – 20 against a very spirited Otley side who never gave up throughout the match. Scottish also delivered their 5th consecutive 30 + points tally in front of their home supporters, to move within 2 points of the league leaders Barking, whose match at Macclesfield was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Scottish made two significant changes to their line up from the previous weekend. The Scottish supporters welcomed back winger Charlie Broughton for his first senior outing since suffering a serious injury early last year. Added to this, Craig Ratford also made his debut at fly half, following his move from Barking last summer and a period out with injury.

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Scottish kicked off and immediately put the Otley defence under pressure. The Scottish forwards worked the ball up field, which led to the ball being fed to winger Broughton who made his first searing run of the match. Scottish opened the scoring on the 3rd minute of the match. A good backs move passing the ball through hands for winger Howells to dive over in the corner. Ratford missed a difficult conversion attempt and hit the outside of the posts. On 6 minutes, Otley made progress through their forwards and were awarded a penalty on the Scottish 22 line. Full back Georgiou converted a simple kick in front of the posts to make the score 5 – 3. On 11 minutes Scottish kicked into the Otley 22. At the subsequent line out, Calder the Scottish flanker took the ball and drove at the Otley defence. The ball was recycled a number of times and prop McGrath drove over. Ratford converted to make the scoreline 12 – 3. Scottish further increased their lead on 14 minutes when captain and centre Trueman scored a try following good inter play by the Scottish backs. Ratford converted to make the score 19 – 3 to Scottish.

Otley came back into the match and were awarded a penalty immediately in front of the posts, however Georgiou missed hitting the outside of the post. After 31 minutes Scottish secured the bonus point, when winger Broughton announced his return in style, with a turbo boosted try. Broughton caught the ball on the Scottish 10 metre line and then carved his way through the Otley defence to score close by the posts. Ratford converted leaving the score 26 – 3. Shortly before half time Otley's woes just got worse, when their No 8 Stedman received a yellow card for foul play. The half time score was 26 – 3.

The first 10 minutes of the second half were evenly contested, however on the 53 minutes Otley announced their intentions of not rolling over, when their scrum half Depledge scored following a good forwards drive to the Scottish line, leaving the score 26 – 8. Scottish responded on 58 minutes when Calder scored his first try of the match to put the match beyond Otley. Ratford converted leaving Scottish leading 33 – 8. All credit to Otley, who have certainly been boosted by the return of their former captain Parr who rallied the Otley side and they struck back through a good try by fly half Barker. Georgiou missed the conversion leaving the score at 33 – 13. After 66 minutes Calder scored his second try of the match with Ratford missing the conversion. Otley scored the last points of the match, close to the final whistle when replacement winger Keinhorst finished off a good move down the right and the Otley replacement kicker, centre Hough converted leaving the final score 38 – 20.

This victory allowed Scottish to close the gap at the top of the league table and the three leading contenders are now only separated by two points. Scottish will be looking to maintain the pressure at the top of the table next weekend, when they make their first of two consecutive weekend visits to the North East. Tynedale will be first up and will be sure to provide a significant challenge on the next step of the 2010/11 season as Scottish certainly learned to their dismay last season. Look out for the match preview.

 

Home Team
Tries: Broughton, Trueman, Howells, McGrath, Calder (x2)

 

Con: Ratford x4

Away Team
Tries: Depledge, Barker, Keinhorst

Pen: Georgiou

Con: Georgiou

Home Team
15 Bordiss, 14 Broughton, 13 MacDougall, 12 Trueman, 11 Howells, 10 Ratford, 9 Amor

1 Johnson, 2 Standfield, 3 McGrath, 4 Newman, 5 Jo. Brown, 6 Lonergan, 7 Calder, 8 Lipp

 

Replacements: Clarke, Fahey, Soden, Walbyoff, Brown

Away Team
15 Georgiou, 14 Twomey, 13 Gill, 12 Hough, 11 Wilson, 10 Barker, 9 Depledge

1 Blades, 2 Freer, 3 McMillan, 4 Parr, 5 Quinn, 6 Afoa-Peterson, 7 Sutton, 8 Stedman

 

Replacements: Ellinson, Steele, O'Donnell, White, Keinhorst

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