Knights hold strong: London Scottish 20 Doncaster Knights 25

Fred Burdon scored his first try for the Knights in the 25-20 win at London Scottish.
Fred Burdon scored his first try for the Knights in the 25-20 win at London Scottish.

THE Knights held off a second half fight back from hosts London Scottish to seal their first away win in four matches.

Brett Davey’s injury ravaged side made a strong start at the Athletic Ground but it was the Exiles who opened the scoring when skipper James Brown slotted over a penalty.

David McIlwaine drew the Knights level as both sides suffered from discipline in the early stages.

After a strong spell of pressure, Matt Challinor spun into the corner for his first try of the season with McIlwaine superbly slotting over from the touchline.

Recent signing Fred Burdon snatched his first try for the club as he ran in unopposed under the sticks giving McIlwaine a simple conversion.

Scottish’s first period of sustained pressure saw Knights flanker Latu Makaafi yellow carded for killing the ball from the base of the scrum.

Stephen Pape touched down the Exiles first try after several scrums but Brown missed the conversion to keep the gap at nine points heading into the break.

Fly half Daniel Mugford – a constant threat for Scottish in the reverse fixture – was introduced at the break but his first act saw him slice wide a simple penalty chance.

Several turnovers brought a frantic start to the half and Scottish were the first to strike with James Kellard ran in from 25 metres.

The Knights hit back and pressure in the 22 brought a penalty which McIlwaine successfully landed.

But the hosts continued to battle and Kellard powered through for a second try with Mugford’s conversion levelling the scores.

With the outcome certainly in the balance it was the Knights who had the answer as Ben Toft dived over in the corner with ten minutes to go.

McIlwaine’s missed conversion ensured a tension-filled final period as Scottish threw everything at Doncaster.

But they held firm to earn their first league double of the campaign.

Knights: Flockhart, Toft, Goss, Burdon, Keating, McIlwaine, Hallam, Davies (Corsar), Boden (Yeandle), Burke-Flynn, Challinor, Parsons, Makaafi (Boyde), Farivarz, Planchant.

Replacements not used: Davey, Noone, Bradford, Bateman.

Scottish: Grove, Gosio, MacDougall (Heeks), Hayter, Westren, Brown (Mugford, Lalanne, Clarke, Kwasnicki (Standfield 20), Thiede (Liffchak 65), Pape (Rudzki 65), Brown, Kellard, Lonergan, Lipp.

Replacements not used: Calder, Sole.