Ealing Trailfinders 25 Jersey 23


A disappointing night for the Islanders saw them narrowly lose to bottom-side Ealing Trailfinders by 25-23.

Jersey started brightly and scored the first try, and at one point were 5-17 ahead, but that lead had been reduced to 15-20 by half time.


The second half was a much tighter affair. Just after the restart Ealing scored a converted 3rd try out wide on the left through that man Chesters again, and aside from that there was only an exchange of penalties to follow. Jersey were roared on by a loud and passionate group of fans, who may not have made up half the crowd, but certainly made more than 50% of the noise.

Ealing therefore complete the double over Jersey this season and narrow the deficit between the two sides to 9 points, with Nottingham - who travel to Cornish Pirates on Sunday - a single point ahead of the Islanders.

Forwards: Sean McCarthy, Elvis Taione, Dave Young, Nick Campbell, James Voss, Alex Rae (capt), Ryan Hodson (YC 32), Latu Maka'afi.
Nicky Griffiths, Aaron Penberthy, Mark Foster, Mark McCrea, Drew Locke, Grant Pointer, Jack Burroughs.
Replacements: Nick Selway (YC 38) for Young (36min), Sam Lockwood for McCarthy (48), Jimmy Williams for Griffiths (49), David Bishop for Pointer (61), Joe Buckle for Hodson (71). Not used: Luke Stratford, Niall O'Connor.

Forwards: Ryan Storer, Andrei Radoi, Conor Carey, Steve Pape, Gavin Curry, Adam Preocanin, Alex Bradley, Matt Evans (capt).
Morgan Thompson, Ben Ward, Phil Chesters (YC 19), Tom Bedford, Harry Sloan, Chris Kinloch, Andrew Henderson.
Replacements: Richard Townsend, Steve Neville, Tim Brockett, George Merrick, TJ Anderson, Tom Parker, Billy Robinson.

Referee: Matt Carley
Attendance: 843
Half-time: 15-20

Ealing Trailfinders
Tries: Bradley 10, Penalty Try 32, Chesters 41
Conversions: Ward 32, 41
Penalties: Ward 21, 56

Tries: McCrea 3, Maka'afi 19
Conversions: Penberthy 3, 19
Penalties: Penberthy 8, 35, 48

Full report here.

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