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London Scottish 34 vs Nottingham 29 - Match Report

Nottingham slipped out of the Championship top four following a narrow 34-29 defeat at London Scottish, with Rotherham Titans overtaking them courtesy of a single point win against Doncaster.

Scottish Match Report Away 2015

Those two results mean that this weekend's game against Rotherham Titans at The Bay will go a long way towards deciding who takes the final play off spot.

London Scottish secured their place in those play offs in an absorbing and often breathless game at the Richmond Athletic Ground, one that could have gone either way.

It was a game in which a strong wind also played its part. With first use of it Nottingham built a 12-point lead, only to see the home side overtake that lead over the course of the second half.

The tone for the afternoon was set within four minutes as both sides ran in tries.

Shaun Malton started it all off, breaking clear from a ruck to touch down under the posts, Will Maisey converting.

Almost from the restart though the home side cancelled out that score as Peter Lydon kicked and chased, gathering the ball to cross for a try. The wind hampered his conversion attempt leaving Nottingham leading 5-7.

A penalty from Maisey increased that lead to five points before Scottish missed a golden opportunity to level as Lee Miller threw out a pass when it seemed easier for him to score.

But it was Miller who started the move that did bring a second try. When he was held up midway inside the Nottingham 22 Lydon took a pass and sent in Matt Williams for the equaliser.

Typical of this end-to-end game though Malton's second try restored the lead for the Green and Whites, Maisey off target with his conversion.

And they stretched further ahead when Billy Robinson broke through for a try, following a scrum against the head for the Nottingham pack. Maisey this time landed the conversion to give his side that 12-point lead at the break.

They almost got a fourth try minutes into the second half but were penalised just short of the home line.

Scottish replied quickly, a powerful drive form their pack taking them over, with Mark Bright getting the touchdown to bring them back to 15-22, Lydon again off target with his conversion.

A second from Bright midway through the second half, with Lydon this time converting, levelled the scores and brought Scottish a bonus point.

They took the lead minutes later with a try form centre Matt Hawke, who crossed under the posts to give Lydon a simple conversion.

Yet again though the action switched to the other end as Maisey beat the home defence for a try, adding the conversion to level at 29 points apiece.

But it was the home side who clinched the win with a try from Kieran Moffat.
That left Nottingham with two bonus points, but it was not enough to keep them in the top four and so all eyes will be on The Bay this Friday for what promises to be a decisive game.