Ealing Trailfinders 29-45 Yorkshire Carnegie
Ealing Trailfinders were unable to stage a late rally to finish with a four-try bonus point against a powerful and well-drilled Yorkshire Carnegie side.
Callum Wilson, James Stephenson and Alun Walker scored tries and Alex Davies slotted four penalties and a conversion for Director of Coaching Ben Ward’s side, who remain one place off the bottom of the Greene King IPA Championship on points difference from Moseley.
It didn’t take Yorkshire to take a grip on the match and after Kevin Sinfield pushed an early penalty wide, fullback Jonah Holmes slipped through the Ealing defence to touch down between the posts.
They continued to dominate after Sinfield had broken the line, he slipped the ball to Andy Saull to race through for their second.
Ealing Trailfinders didn’t capitulate and Alex Davies knocked over a penalty on 34 minutes to ensure they wouldn’t go in pointless at half-time and the scrum-half added a second just before the break.
The hosts continued their good form immediately into the second half. Harrison Orr broke the line and when the ball went wide Callum Wilson powered over in the corner.
Davis drew the hosts level with a penalty from the halfway line, but the visitors him back almost immediately through their pack to win a penalty-try and while Davies slotted his fourth penalty David Doherty swept on a loose kick by Pete Lucock to secure the four-try bonus point.
Another penalty-try stretched Yorkshire’s lead further, but Ealing Trailfinders hit back through James Stephenson despite being down to 13 men at the time.
Ryan Burrow’s driven try and Doherty’s second appeared to end the contest, but after Alun Walker was driven over with a minute to go the home side scented a four-try bonus point of their own, but ultimately were unable to get through the Yorkshire defence for a fourth time.
Tries (Wilson 43, Stephenson 71, Alun Walker 79), Conversions (Davies 71), Penalties (Davies 34, 38, 47, 55)
Tries (Holmes 7, Saull 19, Penalty 50, 68 Doherty 57, 76, Burrows 73), Conversions (Sinfield 7, 19, 50, 58, 68)
Luke Daniels, Callum Wilson, Danny Barnes, Joe Munro, James Stephenson, Tristan Roberts, Alex Davies; Will Davis, Rhys Lawrence, Alex Penny, Carwyn Jones, Llewelyn Jones, Harrison Orr, Arthur Ellis, Chris York
George Porter, Alun Walker, Sam Rodman, Nathan Hannay, Danny Kenny, Alex Walker, Will Harries
Jonah Holmes, Taylor Prell, Pete Lucock, Harry Leonard, David Doherty, Kevin Sinfield, Chris Pilgrim; Lee Imiolek, Phil Nilsen, Rob O'Donnell, Dean Schofield, Chris Jones (captain), Richard Beck, Andy Saull, Ryan Burrows
Jordan Poole, Charlie Beech, Ben Hooper, Matt Smith, Mike Myerscough, Joel Hodgson, Andy Forsyth
Attendance – 621
Referee – Matt O’Grady