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Chesters aiming to back up Irish double

Phil Chesters was left with a bitter sweet feeling following Ealing Trailfinders’ 23-22 defeat to London Irish in the Greene King IPA Championship on Saturday.

While he ran in two tries, he and the rest of the team were left to rue losing to a Tommy Bell penalty nine minutes from time after Chesters’ second and Aaron Penberthy’s conversion had put them 22-20 ahead on 67 minutes. 

Despite the loss Ben Ward’s team took a lot of credit for their attacking approach that earned them a losing bonus point that keeps them fourth in the table.

“We’ve got to take a lot of positives from that game today,” Chesters said. “We had a game plan and we wanted to come out and no matter how much they threw at us we knew we had to throw everything back at them. 

“It has always been the way we like to play. Sometimes you have to be a bit more pragmatic in this league, but we said this week, ‘let’s give it a go’. We did that for 70 minutes and not the 80 minutes and a couple of silly errors at the end cost us.”

Chesters was back in the starting team for the first time since Christmas Eve and he didn’t hang around and scored after six minutes. 

He was part of a team that continually put the Exiles under pressure and showed how comfortable they are with the ball in hand. 

“It is great to be back, I love playing for Ealing Trailfinders,” Chesters said. 

“I’ve been in and out of the team, but the competition in the back three is really strong, so you have to take your opportunities when you do get the chance and hopefully I gave a good account of myself today.”

Next up for Ealing Trailfinders is an away clash against last season’s defeated play-off finalists Doncaster Knights at Castle Park. 

The Yorkshire side at currently eight points clear of Ealing Trailfinders in third place and they won last year’s encounter there 23-17. 

“They’re all big games in the second half of the season,” Chesters said. “We need to go there next week, travel well and put a performance in.”