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Spiv happy to banish West Country demons

Paul Spivey was a satisfied man on Saturday after he helped Ealing Trailfinders exorcise the ghosts of their previous visit to the Forest of Dean with a 39-22 win away to Hartpury College.

The last time Ealing Trailfinders travelled to Gloucestershire they succumbed to a 27-22 defeat to a fired-up Cinderford side, only their second defeat of the season. However, against Hartpury College, there was no danger of a repeat as the men from Vallis Way built an early lead that they didn’t look like letting slip at any stage.

“It was a big driving force for the last few games we’ve played when we’ve got five points, ” Spivey said. “Cinderford was a very bitter pill to swallow but it is one we’ve put well away now and we’re moving forward.”

Danny Kenny opened the scoring with a try in the corner after eight minutes and there were further scores through a penalty try, Sam Wardingley, Arthur Ellis, Alex Walker and Karl Gibson, while Luke Daniels kicked three conversions and a penalty. 

It meant that Ealing Trailfinders returned to the top of National 1 after Rosslyn Park had temporarily grabbed top spot following their 44-6 win over Richmond on Friday evening. They now lead their West London rivals by four points, with a match in hand. 

“It was a very good win, ” Spivey added. “It has been a very good week for the boys in training. We talked about our intensity and our professionalism through the week and I think we delivered that today with a very professional and decent performance.

“We’ve trained really hard this week and we’ve focused on ourselves a lot. We’ve let ourselves down over the last couple of weeks in certain areas and wanted to put that right today and I think we did.”

Ealing Trailfinders return to familiar surrounds when they host Darlington Mowden Park on Saturday. It precedes three consecutive matches on the road, against Macclesfield, Tynedale and Fylde, with the next match at Vallis Way against Coventry on 28 March.

It promised to be another stiff examination of Ealing Trailfinders’ promotion credentials. In November in the north-east side came within seven points of a shock victory in which their defence kept out the Ealing Trailfinders attack for the entire second half. Currently they are on a run of six wins from seven matches in 2015.

“We had a tough game up there earlier in the season, ” Spivey said. “We’ll be looking to put a few things right and put in another professional performance that I know we can do.”