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Chesters expecting no let up against Park

Ealing Trailfinders wing Phil Chesters wants to make it two victorious London derbies in a row when they take on second-placed Rosslyn Park on Saturday.

Ben Ward’s side face their biggest test of the season against a side who trail them by one point and whoever wins the clash at the Rock will top the table at the halfway stage of the season. 

“Everyone has been talking about this match, but we see it as another stepping stone as we don’t focus on one match more than another, ” Chesters said. 

“This is one of the bigger matches of our season, we know that, it is a top three game and we are looking to win it and push on at the halfway point of the season and see how we go in the turnaround.

“There are a couple of old boys; Kiba (Richards) and Neville (Edwards). They both played here before and recently Sam Shires who played here when we won National 1 a couple of seasons ago. So it will be good to catch up with those guys and enjoy a little ding dong against them.”

Ealing Trailfinders go into the match on the back of a 31-27 win over Blackheath in which Chesters scored one of the five tries. It meant that Ealing Trailfinders recovered from their first loss of the season, 32-26 away to Coventry. 

“Coventry was very disappointing and we all knew we didn’t perform to the standards that we expect and that we needed to play to against a top three side, ” he said. 

“The thing about losing is that you need to bounce back and with two London derbies in a row over the next two games we had to put in a performance against Blackheath and I think we did that. It was a bit tighter than people expected and that is what we did.”

The match against Blackheath was particularly poignant for Chesters as his late try was his 200th competitive score for the club. 

It came at a vital time as it pushed the result out of reach and meant that Ealing Trailfinders were able to escape a late rally by the south east Londoners late on.

“It was quite surreal, 200 tries, quite a big number, ” Chesters said. “But it was quite a close game at that point, so it wasn’t thinking about personal achievements, it was all about getting that win and the five points on the Saturday.”