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Johnson off the mark as team return to winning

Ealing Trailfinders 63-36 win over Richmond on Saturday may have signalled a return to winning form following the loss away to Cinderford a week earlier, but second row Gary Johnson has warned that there are still areas where the team can improve.

Ben Ward’s side ran in nine tries in their victory over their rivals from across Kew Bridge and secured the bonus point before the 20-minute mark. However, Richmond scored six of their own and after Luke Daniels converted Alex Walker’s try in the 55th minute, the visitors were the only side to add to the scoreline for the remainder of the match. 

“Obviously we’re happy that we’ve bounced back from our loss the week before, ” Johnson said. “It was nice to score some tries and we scored plenty of tries.

“There’s plenty to work on moving forward though; we don’t want to concede as many tries as we did at the weekend so I’m sure Andy Reay will have a few things to say and we will move forward to next week, tighten our belts and not let so many points slip.”

Johnson was one of five Ealing Trailfinders players to score at the weekend. It takes his career total to three after his a try apiece for Cornish Pirates and Esher. 

While he conceded that “it had been a long time” between tries, it was a score well worth waiting for. He was first to Ward’s restart and held off three would-be tacklers before plunging over the line. 

“It was my first try for Ealing Trailfinders, which was nice, ” he said. “Will Davis keeps having a go at me, saying I stole the ball from him. 

“Wardy kicked it; it bounced up and was there. I just put my head down and kept going and the line was getting closer so just thought about keeping going. I had a few of them hanging on and saw the line and just about got over it.”

Next up for Ealing Trailfinders is a visit to Macclesfield, who currently sit bottom of the table with 13 points. 

The Cheshire side are scrapping hard to stay in National 1 and will go into the match with their confidence buoyed by their 22-20 win away to Tynedale. 

“They are one of the teams with nothing to lose so they will throw everything at it and there will be no pressure on them, ” Johnson said. “If anything all the pressure will be on us, so it will be time for us to stand up and be the professional team that we are and are aspiring to be. 

“We need to worry about ourselves and not get dragged down to the kind of game we don’t want to play. We just have to play the game and be as precise as we can and hopefully get the victory.”