23rd March 2013 London Scottish

PLYMOUTH Albion ended a losing run with a well earned victory over London Scottish in bizarre snowy conditions at the Richmond Athletic Ground on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday’s game in London survived the snowy weather, but conditions were pretty poor. The pitch was waterlogged and there was driving snow coming across the pitch blown in by a cold wind. But this didn’t stop the Albion fans from cheering their players on.

After beating London Scottish at the start of the season on Friday 9th November, Albion wanted to get the double over the London Based club.

London Scottish had two former Albion players from last season, 2nd row Tyler Hotson and winger James Love.

The final score ended London Scottish 9-16 Plymouth Albion.

Head coach Nat Saumi had made five changes from the last team that had played at home to Jersey.

Out went Keni Fisila, Sam Hocking, Paul Roberts, Harrison Tovey and injured Jack Andrew and in came Tom Bowen, Sam Matavesi, Herbie Stupple Lewis Warner, and Ben Rogers. Declan Cusack got the nod at fly half over Paul Roberts for the first time.

Albion opted to play with the wind for the 1st period, at the half way point Albion were in front 16-6 at the break thanks to a try from number8 Aaron Carpenter and 11 points from the boot of fly half Declan Cusack.

All London Scottish points came from winger and former Albion player James love.

Albion really had to dig deep in the final 40 minutes, especially after having Bevon Armitage sin-binned for a professional foul on the try line and losing Sean-Michael Stephen and Carpenter to injury. This didn’t stop the West Country side from not taking a backwards step at the tackle area.

Albion really dug deep and the lads celebrated in style when the final whistle went, players and staff were seen running onto the pitch.

The win has all-but mathematically secured our place in the Championship for next season.

The only way bottom club Doncaster could overtake us would be for the Yorkshire side to win all their remaining four fixtures and with bonus points. Their game against like many others in the Championship on Saturday were call off due to bad weather.

In theory it could still come down to the final game of the season when Albion is away to Doncaster on Friday 19th of April.

Albion’s next league game is next Sunday away at Bristol; kickoff is at 4:04 and being shown live on Sky Sports.

London Scottish: Jim Thompson; James Love, Oli Grove, Andy Reay, David Howells; Simon Whatling, Jamie Stevenson; Mark Irish, Adam Kwasnicki, Lewis Thiede; Paul Spivey, Tyler Hotson; Ben Russell, Chevvy Pennycook, Mark Bright (c) Reps: Ellis, Nic Mayhew, Eric Fry, Sam Twomey, Tommy Spinks, Richard Bolt, Phil Godman.

Albion: Rhodri McAtee; Lewis Warner, Toby Howley-Berridge, Bevon Armitage, Tom Bowen; Aaron Cusack, Ruairi Cushion (c) Ben Rogers, Jon Vickers, Lloyd Fairbrother; Brett Beukeboom, Sean-Michael Stephen; Herbie Stupple, Sam Matavesi, Aaron Carpenter. Reps: Paul Rowley, Paul Roberts, Ien Ascoft-Leigh, David Morton, Sam Hocking, Tom Cowan-Dickie, Paul Bailey.

Referee: Thomas Foley (RFU)