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Lunny aiming for more derby delight

Alun Walker is out to keep up Ealing Trailfinders’ winning run in London derbies having made his return from injury in the 19-11 victory over London Welsh on Saturday.

The Scottish hooker came off the bench for his first appearance since pre-season and helped the pack secure a penalty try from a scrum that sent them on their way to victory. Now he is eyeing a victory over London Scottish on Friday. 

“It has been 16 long weeks,” he said. “It is nice to get back on the pitch with the boys. With the new squad that arrived in the summer I didn’t have much of a chance to play with them and the main thing is to get to know them. 

“Surprisingly I wasn’t as tired as I thought I’d be and the main thing now is getting as much game time and helping the squad progress throughout the season to kick on from now.”

Walker is likely to be in the squad for the next match, away to London Scottish on Friday evening at the Athletic Ground. 

Last year Ealing Trailfinders edged a thrilling 28-22 victory on Boxing Day after the Exiles had won earlier in the season at Vallis Way. Like Ealing Trailfinders, Scottish left it late to beat Bedford Blues last weekend when Peter Lydon kicked a penalty with four minutes to go.  

Ealing Trailfinders’ penalty try came with five minutes remaining and Aaron Penberthy’ subsequent conversion put the hosts into the lead for the first time in the match. The fly-half then added a penalty and drop-goal before fulltime. 

“A hard-fought win from a London derby is all you can ask for,” Walker said. “We didn’t play as well as we should have, but to walk away with the win and deny them the bonus point is good. 

“There a very good side and they’ve come onto a good bit of form. It is going to be another tough battle and another tough London derby.”