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Howley-Berridge aiming to double up against old friends

Toby Howley-Berridge may have made a belated Ealing Trailfinders debut, but he quickly made an impression as Ben Ward’s side beat Cornish Pirates 28-17 to record their first win since their return to the Greene King IPA Championship.

The former Plymouth Albion centre was named as STORM Watches man of the match after an energetic 80 minutes and he is now aiming to put in a similar performance against Doncaster Knights on Saturday. 

The Yorkshire side are a team that the 25-year-old Howley-Berridge knows well, having spent six months with the Knights in 2012. 

“We’ve started on our winning process now and hopefully we can follow that up. I’ve no doubt we can go up there and win, ” Howley-Berridge said. 

“I know the ground well and some of the boys well. The facilities are outstanding. The facilities are among the best in the league and the pitch is immaculate. Nothing in the environment will hamper us and it is about whether we turn up.”

Ealing Trailfinders win over the side from the Duchy were their first points at home after losing 37-17 to London Scottish a fortnight earlier. 

Their two points had come on the road, first to Rotherham Titans and then Yorkshire Carnegie, where despite scoring four tries at Headingley the team’s work in attack had been underdone by some porous defence. 

It meant a tough week under the watchful eye of defence coach Andy ‘Razor’ Reay, but the benefit was felt against Cornish Pirates, who were limited to two tries at Vallis Way. 

“We worked a lot on our defence in the week because Yorkshire Carnegie wasn’t good enough, ” Howley-Berridge said. “We came up trumps, listened to Razor and managed to put everything he put to us in place. 

“Home has to be a fortress, because anyone can beat anyone. Getting a win like that to get the ball rolling is really important.”