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Matt hoping for happy return

New boy Matt Thompson is looking forward to showing the folks back home what they’ve been missing when Ealing Trailfinders take on Tynedale on Saturday.

The Newcastle native is hoping to be in the squad for the trip to the north-east, where he previously played for Newcastle Falcons, Darlington Mowden Park and Blaydon before signing on at Vallis Way three weeks ago. 

“I’ve played with a lot of their boys before and there are a lot of academy boys from Newcastle there, ” he said. “They’ve got a good team spirit there and love to throw the ball around. It will be a real hard battle. 

“They are in the same boat as Macclesfield and are fighting to stay in the league.”

The 32-year-old Thompson made his Ealing Trailfinders debut in the 45-7 win over Macclesfield last time out. 

He played the entire 80 minutes as Ben Ward’s side ran in seven tries in the victory at Priory Park and showed an ability to quickly pick up the myriad calls and plays that came with a place in the team. 

“I really enjoyed it and it was a good result as the lads got the five points, ” he said. “Some of the boys gave me a crash course on the lineout calls, but it was just a case of keeping it simple with the ball and let the 15 do the damage when we’ve got the ball.

“It was do or die for Macclesfield because if they lost that game they were going to get relegated, so there was always going to be a period of that game where they threw everything at us, but I think the damage was done in the first 30 minutes with the forwards dominant and the backs finishing off some great tries.”

Prior to joining Ealing Trailfinders Thompson played over 200 matches in 13 seasons with Newcastle Falcons and won the Churchill Cup with England Saxons. 

Earlier in the season he played on loan for DMP, including their 21-14 loss to Ealing Trailfinders in November, so he is in his first spell away from the north-east.

“It’s the first time I’ve really been down here for an extended period of time, but I’m really enjoying it, ” he said. “The club have been really good with me and it is an excellent group of boys, so long may it continue.”