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Captain’s Call – Brown demands firm focus for Park clash

Ealing Trailfinders captain Tom Brown has called on his team to focus solely on defeating Rosslyn Park on Saturday and worry about what the result signifies later.

A win for Ben Ward’s side will wrap up the National 1 title with one match remaining. However, with Park trailing by nine points the team from across Hammersmith Bridge know a win will ensure that the title race goes down to the final day of the season. 

“You can easily get too lost in the focus of the game, ” Brown said. “Obviously we need the result, as do Rosslyn Park. It is one of those games where you need to perform, but you can’t get lost in that. 

“As a youngster I can remember that it is so easy to get caught up in the emotion of the game and you lose yourself and lose track of how you’re playing. So it will be about keeping calm, but doing all you can do to win.”

Both teams go into the match off the back of victories. Rosslyn Park beat Darlington Mowden Park 38-20 at home, while Ealing Trailfinders returned from Blackheath with a 45-12 win under their belts. 

Brown scored the fourth of Ealing Trailfinders seven tries on the day, while Will Harries scored two and Phil Chesters, Arthur Ellis, Andy Reay and Sam Wardingley crossed the line. 

“The performance and the result were paramount to how we wanted to approach the end of the season, ” Brown added. “It was another good performance. We put on constant pressure throughout the game and didn’t really step off the gas.

“We knew that they were on a good run and not really dropping points, so the pressure was on us to make sure we kept up that run against a very talented Blackheath side.”