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SCOTTISH TAKE WHARFEDALE’S 100% RECORD TO GO FOURTH IN TABLE

London Scottish 37 Wharfedale 16 London Scottish ran in five tries yesterday to claim an emphatic victory over previously unbeaten Wharfedale in a National League 1 encounter at the Athletic Ground. The win puts Scottish fourth in the table on 25 points, the same as Wharfedale, although the Yorkshire side have a superior points diference and lie third. On an overcast, blustery afternoon, there was an early scare for the hosts as Wharfedale left wing Simon Horsfall picked up a loose ball inside the Scottish 22 and almost put Chris Malherbe over for a try, the outside centre spilling the pass.

London Scottish 37 Wharfedale 16 London Scottish ran in five tries yesterday to claim an emphatic victory over previously unbeaten Wharfedale in a National League 1 encounter at the Athletic Ground. The win puts Scottish fourth in the table on 25 points, the same as Wharfedale, although the Yorkshire side have a superior points diference and lie third. On an overcast, blustery afternoon, there was an early scare for the hosts as Wharfedale left wing Simon Horsfall picked up a loose ball inside the Scottish 22 and almost put Chris Malherbe over for a try, the outside centre spilling the pass.

On six minutes, a penalty for pulling down just outside the Wharfedale 22 gave full back Frankie Neale the opportunity to put Scottish ahead, and his kick sailed over between the posts for a 3-0 lead. But Wharfedale were subsequently rewarded for their early pressure, a penalty giving fly half Joe Ford an opportunity to level the scores.

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Scottish replied three minutes later, a huge drive from the pack down the right resulting in second row Alex Karonias touching down. Neale’s conversion attempt appeared to be heading wide, but the full back had judged the wind perfectly for the ball to fade and go through the uprights, putting the home side 10-3 ahead.

Despite that setback, Wharfedale continued to press, Ford attempting an ambitious penalty kick from inside his own half, but the ball drifted short and wide. On 20 minutes he had an easier chance from 25 metres, and this time the ball went over. However, four minutes later, a penalty to Scottish resulted in Neale’s third successful kick of the game. Then, on 30 minutes, Neale had an opportunity to give Scottish a ten-point cushion, but his effort fell short.

The hosts then put together the best move of the half as the ball was spun out from right to left, centre Ian McInroy finding a gap in the Wharfedale defence to cross the line from 25 metres out. However, Neale was unlucky to see his conversion attempt hit the left-hand post.

Wharfedale’s outside centre Mark Bedworth then reduced the deficit through a very well taken drop goal from 40 metres, but a subsequent attempt at another drop goal, which fell short, and a missed penalty kick, meant that the initiative remained with Scottish and just before half time Neale scored after picking up David Howell’s pass following a lightning-quick run from the winger, converting his try to put his side in 25-9 ahead at the break.

Straight after the restart, the Scottish pack again had Wharfedale on the rack, securing the bonus point through a penalty try, which Neale converted, and the visitors were reduced to 14 men for ten minutes after the sin-binning of No. 8 Rob Baldwin.

Just after the hour, Scottish scored a great team try, Roman Piotrowski gathering his own kick over the visitors’ defence before being held up on the line, offloading to Steljes’ Man of The Match Simon Amor – who received his award after the game from match sponsor John Scott – who passed to Tom Standfield for the try.

Although Scottish continued to push forward, that was their last score of the afternoon, and with ten minutes left, Wharfedale claimed a consolation try, Baldwin going over in the corner after a flowing move across the back line and Ford converting to make the final score 37-16.

London Scottish head coach Brett Taylor said afterwards that beating a side that had come into the game with a 100% record was “fantastic”, adding that “our preparation all week was spot on and I’m very proud of the boys”.

Next week, Scottish travel to Manchester, where they won 33-25 earlier this year in an EDF National Trophy 5th round clash. The north-west side has endured a wretched start to the season, losing all their matches and shipping an average of over 100 points a game while scoring a total of just 28 in reply.

Home Team
London Scottish 37 (Tries: Karonias, McInroy, Neale, Penalty Try, Standfield; Conversions: Neale (3); Penalties: Neale (2))
Away Team
Wharfedale: 16 (Try: Baldwin; Conversion: Ford; Penalties: Ford (2); Drop Goal: Ford)
Home Team
London Scottish: Frankie Neale, Roman Piotrowski, Ian McInroy, Gary Trueman ©, David Howells, James Brown, Simon Amor, Matt Johnson, Tom Standfield, Andrew Fahey, Alex Karonias, Dan Palmer, Oli Brown, Ben Lonergan, Willie Lipp (Replacements: Stuart Silvester, Chris Johnson, Darrell Ball, Paul Volley, Rory Damant)
Away Team
Wharfedale: Luke Gray, Ian Culligan, Chris Malherbe, Mark Bedworth, Simon Horsfall, Joe Ford, Alex Black, Tom Horner, Gavin Hindle, Mark Chivers, Oliver Renton, Alastair Allen, Latu Maka'afi, Dan Solomi, Rob Baldwin (Replacements: Adam Mason, Steve Graham, Richard Rhodes, Ian Dixon, Andrew Hodgson)
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