REPORT: Ealing Trailfinders 73 - 15 Macclesfield
Ealing Trailfinders consolidated their place at the top of National 1 with a strong performance against bottom of the table Macclesfield.
Ben Ward’s team secured the four-try bonus point before halftime after scoring six tries in the first half and then added five more after the break. Wings Phil Chesters and James Love ran in a brace of tries and fly-half Matt Jarvis scored a try and nine conversions.
Macclesfield showed great fighting spirit and scored two tries by Elliott Brierley and Elliott Millar-Mills, while their fly-half Tom Morton scored a penalty and conversion. Flanker Redford Pennycock made his first appearance since joining Ealing Trailfinders over the summer and he was named STORM Watches man of the match in an impressive appearance.
It didn’t take long for Ealing Trailfinders to start the scoring when Love escaped down the right wing to score within the first minute and five minutes later captain Danny Kenny added a second when he picked up and ran home from the back of a scrum.
Macclesfield hit back though when a clever chip from Morton was collected by Brierley who scored between the posts.
Centre Sam Wardingley broke through the midfield defence just before the 10 minute mark to score Ealing Trailfinders third of the match and his first of the season, Steve Pape then used his power to score his first time in over a year and Love scored his second to stretch Ealing Trailfinders’ lead further.
Morton knocked over a penalty to take Macclesfield into double figures, but Chesters ran in his first of the match just before the halftime whistle.
Prop Alex Penny scored his second of the season on the 48th minute and he then teamed up with the rest of the pack to score a penalty try from a rolling maul.
Macclesfield didn’t throw in the towel though and grabbed their second try when a tricky bounce caught out the Ealing Trailfinders defence and Hearn collected the ball to race home from a few yards out.
Loose-head prop Jamie Kilbane became the fourth player in the match to score his first try of the season and as the match wore down Jarvis added a try to his conversions and five minutes from time Chesters ran in his ninth try of the season to take him to joint top of the National 1 try-scorers chart.
Will Harries, James Love, Sam Wardingley, Ronnie McLean, Phil Chesters, Matt Jarvis, Morgan Thompson; Kevin Davis, Alun Walker, Alex Penny, Steve Pape, Michael Walker-Fitton, Redford Pennycock, Arthur Ellis, Danny Kenny (captain)
Jamie Kilbane, Will Davis, Gary Johnson, Llewelyn Jones, Ben Ward
Matthew O’Reagan, Matthew King, Elliott Brierley, Greg Newton, Josh Fowles, Tom Morton, Tom Eaton; Shane Hefferman, Sam Moss, Will Robinson, David Marwick, Oliver Macaulay, Max Smith, Phil Williams, Mike Finnemore
Ryan Jackson, Elliott Millar-Mills, Josh Hearns, Matt Thorp, Ashley Platt-Hughes
Tries (Love 1, 29, Kenny 5, Wardingley 9, Pape 36, Chesters 37, 75, Penny 48, Penalty 58, Kilbane 66, Jarvis 68), Conversions (Jarvis 2, 5, 10, 36, 49, 59, 67, 69, 76)
Tries (Brierley 5, Millar-Mills 64), Conversions (Morton 8), Penalties (Morton 31)
Man of the match – Redford Pennycock
Referee – James Sullivan
Attendance - 312