|Teams||Ealing Trailfinders vs London Scottish|
|Score||34 - 26|
|Venue||Trailfinders Sports Club|
Match Report - 19-Jan-2019
Ealing Trailfinders got back to winning ways after a five-try victory over London Scottish at Trailfinders Sports Club.
The hosts had to overturn a half time deficit but rallied strongly in the second half to ensure that they got their first win of the year courtesy of tries from James Cordy Redden, Rayn Smid, Matt Cornish and a double from Alun Walker.
The Trailfinders made an impressive start and played with real tempo in the opening stages as they looked to stamp their authority on the match. Harry Sloan broke through the middle and was brought down just short, but from the resulting penalty the ball was kicked to the corner and allowed Alun Walker to drive over the line from five metres out to open the scoring. Peter Lydon’s conversion went just wide but the hosts held a 5-0 lead after as many minutes.
However just as it looked as if the Green and Whites had made the ideal start, two quick scores from the visitors turned the scoreboard on its head with a quarter of an hour on the clock.
The Scots went through the phases on the half way line, and an inside ball opened up a huge gap which allowed Miles Mantella to race clear from 40 metres to dot the ball down. Rory Jennings added the extras to put them in front.
Just moments later they extended their lead after a Trailfinders lineout was over thrown and bounced up to the Scots. They instantly spun the ball wide and Tom Griffiths had the pace to run through the defence and slide over for their second try of the afternoon. Jennings again converted to put the visitors nine points in front.
Ben Ward’s side then began to dominate possession as they looked for a way back in to the match, and they were rewarded on the 20 minute mark as Alun Walker went over for his second try of the match. The hosts went through phase over phase deep in the 22, and the hooker carried from close range to bundle over the line. Peter Lydon converted to cut the deficit to just two points.
The hosts created a number of opportunities in the lead up to half time but were left frustrated as a number of knocks ons saw the chances missed. A rolling maul powered towards the line and just at the crucial moment the ball was popped in to Scottish hands, before Lydon broke through the middle but a last ditch tackle saw the Scots survive.
The Trailfinders couldn’t get over the try-line for the remainder of the opening 40, and went in at the break trailing by two points.
Scottish extended their lead straight away as Griffiths broke through again to run through from 40 metres, but the hosts responded when James Cordy Redden was the beneficiary of an overlap on the left wing to cut the deficit to just two points.
A lineout was stolen and straight away the ball was spun wide to the winger who dived in the corner as the Trailfinders got themselves right back in the match.
Ben Ward’s men eventually battled in front just before the hour mark as captain Rayn Smid went over for their fourth try after going through the phases in the 22, and Lydon’s conversion put them five points in front heading in to the final quarter.
Matt Cornish then put the result beyond doubt after powering over the line from close range with 15 minutes remaining for try number five, but the Scots refused to lie down and got a deserved try bonus point in the closing stages as Byron Hodge latched on to an offload to dive over the line.
That score meant that the lead was only five points with seconds left on the clock , but Lydon’s late penalty with the final play of the match ensured that the hosts registered a 34-26 win.
15 Peter Lydon 14 Will Harries 13 Lewis Jones 12 Harry Sloan 11 James Cordy Redden 10 Craig Willis (replaced by Laurence May, 60 mins) 9 Ryan Foley (replaced by Jordan Burns, 45 mins) 1 Alex Lundberg (replaced by Jordan Els, 45 mins) 2 Alun Walker (replaced by Matt Cornish, 30 mins) 3 Mark Tampin (replaced by Elliot Millar Mills, 55 mins) 4 Ben West 5 Harry Casson 6 Ben Landry (replaced by Max Davies, 75 mins) 7 Rohan O’Regan 8 Rayn Smid ©
16 Matt Cornish 17 Jordan Els 18 Elliot Millar Mills 19 Jordan Onojaife 20 Max Davies 21 Jordan Burns 22 Laurence May
Tries: Alun Walker (5, 22 minutes) James Cordy Redden (45 minutes) Rayn Smid (55 minutes) Matt Cornish (66 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (22, 55, 66 minutes)
Penalties: Peter Lydon (80 minutes)
15 Miles Mantella 14 Rob Stevenson 13 Tom Griffiths 12 Rory Jennings 11 Tom Fowlie 10 Jacob Perry 9 Grayson Hart 1 Jordan Brodley 2 Billy Harding 3 Richard Palframan 4 Theo Vukasinovic 5 James Tyas 6 Matt Eliet 7 Lewis Wynne 8 Mark Bright ©
16 Jared Saunders 17 Jonny Harris 18 Phil Cringle 19 Byron Hodge 20 Richie Vernon 21 Josh Barton 22 Matt Davidson
Tries: Miles Mantella (8 minutes) Tom Griffiths (15, 42 minutes) Byron Hodge (77 minutes)
Conversions: Rory Jennings (8, 15 minutes) Jacob Perry (77 minutes)
Referee: John Meredith
Assistant Referees: Peter Brunt & Nick Marshall
Fourth Official: Joe James
Half Time Score: Ealing Trailfinders 12 –14 London Scottish
Harrison’s Vintners & Delicatessen Man of the Match: Peter Lydon