FEW of the elements of Nottingham's recent good form
were in evidence at the Richmond Athletic Ground as London Scottish
recorded a deserved 25-13 win.
EYE SPY: Joe Munro
spots a gap against London Scottish. PIC: Alison Bowden.
The hosts' success came despite being reduced to 13 men in the
In that time Nottingham camped deep in the Scottish 22, but
despite their numerical advantage, a combination of stubborn - and
at times desperate - defence, along with their own mistakes saw
them struggle to turn that advantage into points.
The Green and Whites did, however, manage to carve an opening
for David Jackson to score in the corner, with James Arlidge
converting. But an overall heroic effort from the home side
deservedly saw them claim the points.
It was the Exiles second success against top four opposition
since the turn of the year, having claimed an impressive home win
against Bedford in January.
Scottish took the lead with an early penalty from James Love,
but Nottingham looked to get back into the game when Jackson broke
through the defence and gave chase only to see the ball turned
The home side quickly turned defence into attack as Miles
Mantella raced away, and although the Nottingham defence managed to
stop him they conceded a penalty for Love to double the lead.
A third penalty on the half hour made it 9-nil to the
They extended that lead before the break as Mantella kicked
through and his pace took him clear to touch down in the left hand
corner for the first try of the afternoon.
Love was off target with the conversion, but that score meant
the home side led by 14 points at the break.
Arlidge got his side back into it though with two penalties in
quick succession in the early stages of the second half.
But thoughts of a fight-back took a big blow when Mantella
grabbed his second try of the game following a hack through from
Although off target with conversion, a fourth penalty form Love
made it 22-6.
Then came the yellow cards that robbed Scottish of both Adam
Kwasnicki and Nic Mayhew in quick succession.
With just nine points separating the sides Jackson's try
suggested that Nottingham could capitalise, but despite a series of
multi-phase attacks they simply could not break down the home
Once back up to full strength Scottish worked a fifth penalty
for Love to complete the scoring, and another victory against