First Team

Chesters leads the way in try-scoring

Phil Chesters 1st try v Bedford Blues (crop)Phil Chesters once again led the way in try scoring in his debut season in the Greene King IPA Championship.

The wing scored Ealing’s first ever five-pointer in the Championship on the opening day of the season against London Scottish at Allianz Park, and while it then took him till the end of November to add to his tally, he eventually found his form and ended the season with 13.

Three times this season he ran in a brace of tries; away to Jersey, away to Cornish Pirates and at home to Bedford Blues and in total he scored 12 times in the Championship. He also finished off a flowing team move against Leinster A in the British and Irish Cup.

Chesters’ fellow Salisburian and Supporters’ Player of the Year, Andrew Henderson was second in the scoring charts with 10 in the league and cup.

Henderson try v Bristol - crop

The 26-year-old found his best form after he was moved to fullback having previously played the majority of his rugby at Ealing as either centre or wing. He made history by scoring the first ever Ealing try televised live on Sky Sports, against Bedford Blues and fittingly he scored the third of four tries that the team scored in their final Championship match of the season against Rotherham Titans.

Also on the scoresheet against the Yorkshire side was hard-running centre Ronnie McLean who was third in the scoring stakes with five in the league and one in the cup.

The good news for Ealing Trailfinders fans is that all three players have committed to the club for next season.

Fly-half Ben Ward was the leading points-scorer with 96 points.

Ealing Trailfinders try scorers, 2013-14 (cup tries in brackets)
Phil Chesters – 12 (1)
Andrew Henderson 8 (2)
Ronnie McLean 5 (1)
Ed Siggery – 4 (1)
Tom Bedford – 2 (1)
Billy Robinson – 2 (1)
Morgan Thompson – 2
Tom Parker – 2
Chris Kinloch – 1 (1)
TJ Anderson – 1 (1)
Alex Bradley – 1
Adam Preocanin – 1
Josh Elliott – 1
Richard Townsend – 1
Penalty try – 1