Welcome back to The Athletic Ground for our first Friday night fixture of the season, as we play our last Championship Cup fixture before heading into the Greene King IPA Championship. Welcome to all the travelling Yorkshire Carnegie supporters, the match officials and the London Scottish supporters.
Our Cup campaign has got off to a great start and we’re looking to secure another win today. Not only have the results been brilliant, including last weekend’s win against Nottingham, but the performances have been equally as impressive with a resolute defence and some exciting attacking flair to match. To see three of the players who have joined us this season go over and score their first tries in a Scottish shirt last Saturday was confirmation of some good recruitment over the summer.
I would also like to give a warm welcome back to Ed Hoadley and Joe Luca Smith, who have both recovered from long term shoulder injuries and are on the bench for us this evening.
Tonight we welcome Yorkshire Carnegie, who after a difficult summer of reorganization, remain a part of the Championship of which they have been a key member for many years. We wish them well in their new structure.
Last year’s fixture at the RAG ended in a win for the men from Yorkshire, we will be looking to come out on top today. A victory would go a long way to ensure our quarter final spot in the Cup.
We’ll be looking to continue our recent good form and re-establish home team supremacy. After this weekend’s game, the Championship Cup takes a back seat and the Greene King IPA Championship will take precedent for the next six weeks. We will kick off our league campaign at home next week against Newcastle Falcons.
Back to tonight’s fixture and here’s to an entertaining and eventful evening at The Athletic Ground and hopefully our London Scots can pull off a victory to cement themselves in the top spot of Group 3 of the Cup.