Good evening and welcome to the Richmond Athletic Ground for today’s Round 4 game with Yorkshire Carnegie. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the travelling Yorkshire support, the match officials and of course the London Scottish faithful.
I hope everyone enjoyed Halloween and like me was grateful to have an extra hour’s sleep with the changing of the clocks. The weather has certainly gone a lot chillier since then so we will all be wearing our warmest coats, and I for one am looking forward to watching the fireworks next week.
Having played Yorkshire Carnegie at the start of last month, we welcome them again this time on the first day of the new month. Pinch, punch, first of the month to you all. Last time we met we secured a convincing 50-7 win over, with a Matt Eliet hattrick, a great charge down try from Matas Jurevicius and Jonny Harris all scoring in the first half. The score at half time was 33-0, and then Luke Hibberd and Rob Stevenson went over the whitewash in the second half.
Since that victory we’ve suffered two disappointing defeats and a draw last week against Ampthill. I’m sure though that the boys will put in a great display this evening in what is set to be an entertaining fixture.
Carnegie arrive here today still without a win this season, indeed last time out they suffered a 26-66 defeat to Coventry last weekend.
Today’s fixture is an important one for us to move up the league table and I’m sure that the London Scottish coaching staff have reflected on past performances and briefed the players this week so they are ready to deliver the big performance which is needed. I’m looking forward to seeing these two sides go head to head under the Friday night lights!