Chesters' chat - Up and running
Flying wing Phil Chesters continues his series of blogs that give fans an insight to working of the Ealing Trailfinders squad as they compete in National 1.
Two matches, two wins and a 10 points from a possible 10 points. Nothing to complain about when you look at it like that is there? Yes, we are pleased to have started the season with two victories home and away, however, everyone involved with the Club, the staff, the players and I'm sure the supporters know there is plenty to work on and we are now way near the level that we expect, but most importantly need to be.
Loughborough Students were a tough opening test for us; they are fearless and will play from anywhere so we had to be focused for the full 80 minutes. If I'm honest think in the second half we boxed clever and used our power game to gain the ascendancy and take the five points.
There were plenty of positives, however the cons outweighed those and meant we had a tough week of training last week, working on our energy in both attack and defence and making we are more efficient at the breakdown across the park.
The first half against Old Albanian is what we were looking for; we caused them problems with our energy and line speed in defence and were very clinical in attack, claiming the bonus point before halftime.
We were pretty disappointed with our second half performance though. Did we switch off? Were we complacent? Probably. We allowed them back into the game during a 20-minmute spell which certainly set the nerves jangling. We regrouped and managed to score a couple to late tries to see out the game and I think we have learned a very valuable lesson, that there is no easy game in this highly competitive league.
After the Loughborough Students match there was some live music in the club house and the squad and supporters mingled and chatted about all things rugby late into the evening. It was a great atmosphere and I urge as many of you reading this not only to get down to some of our games this season, but to stay around for a while post match and enjoy the bonhomie in the clubhouse.
The hottest topic of conversation was the 2015 charity calendar, which is currently flying off the shelves and we have already sold around 200 in the first week alone. Make sure you don't miss out on yours, either here on the website where you can order online or when you are down at the Club where they are selling them in the clubhouse.
Remember all the proceeds are going to a fantastic cause - The Jack Fishwick Discretionary Fund - which is helping one of our own and a Club stalwart. Also going towards the Fund is the Jack Fishwick lunch on 4 October before the match against Cinderford.
That match itself should provide entertainment galore and I am sure this weekend's fixture with Blaydon should too, so enjoy the match and stick around afterwards to enjoy the atmosphere.
Bring on Blaydon!