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Scots begin season with defeat to Moseley

Scots begin season with defeat to Moseley

London Scottish suffered defeat in their first match of the Greene King IPA Championship season, after a late Drew Cheshire try gave Moseley a 23-19 victory at the Athletic Ground. 

London Scottish suffered defeat in their first match of the Greene King IPA Championship season, after a late Drew Cheshire try gave Moseley a 23-19 victory at the Athletic Ground. 

The Scots scored three tries through Mark Bright, Jason Harries and Chris Walker, but were halted by poor discipline which gave Moseley kicker Glyn Hughes 18 points. 

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Scottish will now look to bounce back when they visit Ealing Trailfinders next Saturday afternoon.

The match began with a taste of what was to come, Hughes lined up his first penalty of the evening and his trustworthy right boot gave the visitors a 3-0 advantage.

Mark Bright, who was the top scorer in the Championship last season with 28 tries opened his account for the season after 10 minutes. It was a trademark score from the captain, who latched on to the back of a driving maul and dotted down. Dan Newton converted to put the hosts in front for the first time in the match. 

Three penalties in 11 minutes from Hughes put Moseley back ahead, the Scots were being penalised on multiple occasions and the fly-half punished them by keeping the scoreboard ticking for Kevin Maggs’ side. 

Scottish responded with their most fluent attacking move of the match, which saw Jason Harries score a memorable try. Whilst the referee played advantage, Newton saw an opportunity on the wing. A perfectly measured cross-kick was gathered by Harries who towered above his opposite number to score, despite juggling the ball before he was able to touch down. 

Newton’s conversion from the touchline looked to have given the Scots a half-time advantage, but yet another penalty from Hughes meant that Moseley held a narrow 15-14 lead at the break. 

Harries almost started the second-half in the same way that he had finished the first with a try, but Oli Grove’s kick bounced unkindly for the winger and the opportunity was missed.

Scottish were camped in the Moseley 22 for lengthy periods of the second period. Bright had a disallowed try after the referee had already blown his whistle, which eventually resulted in Aaron Flagg being sent to the sin-bin.

Chris Walker drove over the line on 53 minutes to put the Scots ahead. An overlap presented Matt Heeks with a chance, but after he was tackled short the ball was recycled to Walker who scored to the relief of the crowd. The conversion went wide, which meant that Scottish held a four-point lead heading into the final stages of the match. 

Hughes cut the gap to one point with his sixth penalty of the night with ten minutes remaining, before Cheshire went storming over the line to give Moseley victory. 

Scott Tolmie found himself in plenty of space charging through the defence, and the hooker off-loaded to the winger who couldn’t be caught.  

The conversion was unsuccessful which gave Scottish a small chance of salvaging a win, but they were unable to create an opportunity and Moseley held out for an impressive opening-day victory. 

See reaction from Head Coach Peter Richards and winger Jason Harries here: 

London Scottish: 
15 Craig Jackson (replaced by Peter Lydon), 14 Jason Harries, 13 Drew Locke, 12 Oli Grove, 11 Andrew Turner, 10 Dan Newton, 9 Matt Heeks (replaced by Russell Weir), 1 James Gibbons (replaced by Jack Cosgrove), 2 Adam Kwasnicki (replaced by David Cherry), 3 Max Maidment (replaced by Jimmy Litchfield), 4 Will Carrick Smith, 5 Josh Thomas Brown (replaced by Neale Patrick), 6 Rory Bartle (replaced by Chevvy Pennycook), 7 Chris Walker, 8 Mark Bright (c)

Replacements:
16 Jack Cosgrove, 17 Chevvy Pennycook, 18 Jimmy Litchfield, 19 Neale Patrick, 20 Russell Weir,21 David Cherry, 22 Peter Lydon
 
Scorers:
Tries: Mark Bright (9 minutes) Jason Harries (33 minutes) Chris Walker (52 minutes)
Conversions: Dan Newton (9, 34 minutes)

Moseley:
15. Charlie Foley; 14. Drew Cheshire; 13.Greg King; 12.Aaron Pinches; 11. Kyle Evans; 10. Glynn Hughes; 9. Dave Brazier, 1. Tom Fidler; 2. Scott Tolmie; 3. Craig Voisey; 4. Sam Raven (replaced by Harry Hone); 5. Greg Charlton; 6. Aaron Flagg; 7. Ed Siggery (replacedby Joseph Bercis); 8. Chris Brightwell (c)
 
Replacements: 
16 Tom Warren; 17.Jack Lea; 18. Aaron Gardiner;19. Harry Hone; 20. Joseph Bercis; 21. Sam Brown; 22. Rhys Williams

Scorers:
Tries: Drew Cheshire (75 minutes)
Penalties: Glyn Hughes (3, 18, 23, 29, 39, 70 minutes)
Yellow Card: Aaron Flagg

Attendance: 888

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