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Next Up: Yorkshire Carnegie v London Scottish, 28th April 2018, kick off 3pm

17th April 2018 11:58 pm By Leanne Flynn

Yorkshire Carnegie will play their final game of the season against London Scottish.  It will be the fourth time the teams have played each other this season, having also clashed in the British and Irish Cup.

Carnegie opened this year’s campaign with a 28-12 away defeat against Scottish, but secured victory in the first Cup game at Ilkley followed by a loss in the second game.  The London side are currently second from bottom in the league, with just six wins this season.

Yorkshire Carnegie Match day pricing 2017-18
Adults: £17
Concessions* £10
Juniors** £5

Concession: *Seniors are 65 and over and students upon production of a valid student card ** Junior denotes a child who is 16 and under.  Children under 5 do not need to pay.

Advance tickets can be bought in person in the club, online at www.yorkshirecarnegie.com or by calling 0371 423 1315

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17th April 2018 11:09 pm By .

After coming back from a 13-0 deficit in the opening 12 minutes to leading 23-16 in the 79th minute, Carnegie were left disappointed to only come away with only a draw in the penultimate game of the Greene King IPA season.

Head Coach James Lowes was faced with a growing injury list heading into the game, meaning he had to make five changes to his side and move Andy Forsyth to fly half with Alex Davies, Callum Irvine and Pete Lucock all sidelined.

Ealing took just four minutes to open the scoring, with winger Reon Joseph going over in the corner on his debut for the club.  After Carnegie conceded a number of early penalties, Ealing were able to make good ground to get them in a good attacking position before Aaron Penberthy and Peter Lydon combined to get the ball out wide to Joseph and the winger her off his defender to go through a gap.  Lydon was on target with the conversion and then extended his team’s lead further with two successful penalties, as Carnegie continued to be punished by  referee Adam Neal.  Ealing’s clinical start and a string of penalties against them, meant that Carnegie saw little ball in the opening fifteen minutes of the game.

Carnegie hit back on 16 minutes with a superb try.  Richard Beck won the high ball in the line out and Mayhew distributed the ball to Oli Fox, who made a great jinking run through the Ealing defence and then offloaded to the supporting Tom Bullough and the young player held off the tackle from Lydon to crash over.  Stevie McColl added the extra to bring his side within six points.

Just as Carnegie were finding a way back into the game they were reduced to 14 men, when Richard Beck was shown a yellow card for persistent team infringements.  Despite being a man light the hosts were able to create some good attacking opportunities and a good break from Andy Forsyth was supported by Chris Elder.  The full back chose to go it alone instead of passing to Oli Fox and was brought down by the Ealing defence.

They did reduce the gap to three points on 25 minutes with a McColl penalty in front of the posts, but Ealing soon restored the six point gap on the 30th minute when Carnegie fumbled a high kick from Lydon and then gave away another penalty for offside.  Lydon had the simple job of adding the penalty in front of the posts to nudge his side 16-10 in front.

Carnegie finished the half positively.  Firstly a McColl penalty brought them to within three points of the visitors before they took the lead for the first time in the final play of the first period.  After winning a penalty the hosts opted to kick to the corner and a good line out drive saw Mike Mayhew powered over the line for Carnegie’s second try.  McColl once again added the extras to his side go in 20-16 in front.

Both sides made good starts to the second half, and Miles Mantella looked like he was in for Trailfinders but good defence saw him dragged into touch.  McColl’s penalty in the 56th minute gave Carnegie a seven point lead before the Ealing’s Calum Waters was shown a yellow card for deliberately knocking the ball into touch to deny Carnegie a scoring opportunity.

There were calls from the hosts for a penalty try after Ealing gave away a three consecutive penalties, and the referee continued to reset the scrum as Carnegie put their opponents under pressure from 5 metres out, but the appeals were denied by the referee.  Richard Beck then looked like he had got over for a try, but he was judged to have gone forward and Ealing were awarded a scrum.

Carnegie looked like they were heading twelfth win of the season, but Ealing had one more trick up their sleeve to deny them the victory.  In the 79th minute Joseph collected the ball outside the 22 and found space to run through unopposed for his second try, and a debut to remember.  Lydon’s conversion from the touchline levelled the game at 23-23 and with four minutes of injury time played there was chance for more late drama.  McColl, however was unable to land a late penalty opportunity from 55 metres out and then Ealing tried to sneak the win with the final play of the game, but Aaron Penberthy’s drop goal attempt was way off target.

The squad in full is:
15. Chris Elder
14. George Watkins
13. Harry Dunne
12. Tom Bullough
11. Stevie McColl
10. Andy Forsyth
9. Oli Fox
1. Charlie Beech
2. Mike Mayhew
3. Craig Mitchell
4. Jack Whetton
5. Matt Smith
6. Josh Bainbridge
7. Richard Mayhew (c)
8. Richard Beck

16. Harry Newborn
17. James Thraves
18. Kevin Bryce
19. Ben West
20. Elliot Ward
21. Tom Mann
22. Harry Davey

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