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Kinners keeping head down as run-in heats up

With three matches remaining this season Chris Kinloch is well aware that he and his Ealing Trailfinders teammates cannot allow their efforts to drop.

Ben Ward’s team sit atop National 1, nine points clear of their nearest rivals Rosslyn Park. However, the next two matches are crucial for the team’s promotion hopes; first they face a tricky cross-London away trip to take on Blackheath this weekend and then welcome Rosslyn Park to Vallis Way seven days later. 

Blackheath lie fourth in the table and are a side that have caused problems for a number of teams, especially at their Rectory Park home ground where they have been known to cut loose with a fast and entertaining style of play.

“They like to play a similar style to how Fylde play and throw it around and like us they like to move the ball, ” Kinloch said. “They’ve some big carriers up front, but like to move it around in the backs a lot and spread it wide. 

“They have some dangerous runners in the back three and some good ball carriers in the centres. They have threats all over; they have a couple of decent 10s who can make anything happen out of nothing so we have to be wary of all aspects of their game and really front up.”

For all the teams in National 1, this weekend’s matches will be their first for two weeks after they enjoyed a break over the Easter weekend. 

In fact for Ealing Trailfinders the match will be only second in four weeks. Their most recent outing was at home to Coventry on 28 March, which followed a free weekend for postponed matches. 

Ealing Trailfinders were pushed hard to secure the bonus point win against their rivals from the west Midlands and required a Luke Daniels try two minutes from the final whistle to wrap up the victory and all five points on offer. 

“The mood is good, the guys are feeling pretty well rested and looking forward to the end of the season, with the focus starting on this match on Saturday, ” Kinloch added. 

“All the games are a must-win for us at the moment. To beat Coventry who are third in the league was an absolute crucial win for us. It did a lot for the confidence, though it was a bit closer than we would have wanted, but in terms of momentum for these last three games, it was absolutely crucial.”