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Godman Gives Scottish Dramatic Last Gasp Win Over Pirates

Godman Gives Scottish Dramatic Last Gasp Win Over Pirates

A Phil Godman penalty in the final act of the game gave London Scottish victory by a solitary point to send The Athletic Ground into ecstasy.

A Phil Godman penalty in the final act of the game gave London Scottish victory by a solitary point to send The Athletic Ground into ecstasy.

Scottish made the worst possible start with flanker Chevvy Pennycock being sent to the sin bin after 90 seconds.
Cornish Fly-half Kieran Hallett missed with his penalty attempt but the Pirates soon capitalised on their numerical advantage with a converted try from Ben Maidment.
Scottish gradually eased their way into the game with wingers Miles Mantella and new loan signing Joe Ajuwa looking dangerous.
Colin Quigley thought he had scored a try but was adjudged to have been held up over the line. However, Scottish applied pressure from the resulting five metre scrum and Pennycock atoned for his earlier indiscretion by bundling over from close range. Full-back James Love kicked the conversion and the scores were level.


The visitors regained the lead after they were awarded a penalty try following a series of powerful scrums close to the home side’s line.
Love reduced the deficit to 4 points with a penalty from the half way line but with the final play of the first half the Pirates scored a well worked try through full-back Jack Nowells who took advantage of some weak Scottish tackling to wriggle over in the right hand corner. Hallett nailed the touchline conversion and the visitors went in at half-time 21 – 10 ahead.

Scottish almost made the perfect start to the second half but Mantella dropped the ball with the line at his mercy after a quick tap penalty from captain Mark Bright. Hallett then kicked a penalty to extend the Pirates’ lead to 14 points.

Scottish once again responded with Pennycock’s second try of the game. The rampaging Bright made a telling burst in midfield and off loaded to his back row partner to surge over from 22 metres. Godman kicked the conversion and the home side was within one score of their opponents.

The game entered a scrappy phase and it looked like the Pirates would hold out for the victory but Scottish had other ideas.
The home side defended stoutly and then launched a spirited late attack from deep in their own half into Cornish territory. The visitors were penalised at the breakdown and Jim Thompson kicked the penalty into touch five metres from the Cornish line.

Scottish won the line out and, after a series of drives and darts from the forwards, Bright powered over in the corner. The officials consulted with each other and eventually awarded the try.

Godman had the chance to tie the game but he missed the difficult conversion and it looked like Scottish would fall just short. However, Scottish caught the kick-off and attacked with enterprise from their own 22 fully aware any mistake would end the game.

Scottish threw the ball from side to side and gradually worked their way up the pitch. After multiple phases, the Cornish defence cracked and Scottish were awarded a penalty on the Cornish ten metre line.
Godman showed incredible composure to slot the winning penalty and the crowd erupted as the referee blew the final whistle.

Scottish will hope to build on this thrilling comeback win next week when they travel to Scotland for their British and Irish Cup contest with Gala.

Tickets are available to buy for our next home match, our first home game in the British & Irish Cup, v Moseley, Saturday 20th October.

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