Bradders off mark in memorable victory
Alex Bradley ran in his first try of the season as Ealing Trailfinders recorded their first Greene King IPA Championship away win of the season with a 27-3 victory over London Welsh at Old Deer Park.
It came at a vital time, shortly after Joe Carlisle had kicked the Exiles first points to close the score back to 15-3 with just under 30 minutes remaining. However, Bradley’s control at the back of the rolling maul meant Ben Ward’s side scored next and along with Alex Davies’ conversion stretched the lead to 19 points.
James Stephenson applied further gloss to the victory when he ran in the second try and as the clock ran down the defence stayed on top to restrict the hosts to only three points.
“It wasn’t really my try, it was more a forward’s try off a maul, so I can’t really claim it, but it is always good to get my name on the scoreboard, ” Bradley said.
“It was a pretty tough in the first half, but it was a really good forward’s performance, especially Yorkie (Chris York) at eight and Caz (Carwyn Jones) in the second row and all of them who put a full shift in for the full 80.”
The win was Ealing Trailfinders second of the season and came at an important time as it took them off the bottom of the Championship table.
They were well in control by half-time after four penalties from Davies and the former London Welsh scrum-half then scored the first points of the second half before Carlisle put the hosts on the scoreboard.
After narrow losses to Rotherham Titans and Bedford Blues earlier in the season, it means the side can go into their two British and Irish Cup matches, away to Moseley and at home to Nottingham, in confident mood.
“It was really tough in the forwards, but it was really good to just get the W on the board, ” Bradley added. “It has been a tough few weeks, but we have been rewarded with the W today and the boys are ecstatic.
“We owed it to ourselves really. We’ve been putting the performances, but we haven’t been able to finish it and it was a convincing performance today.”