First Team

PREVIEW: Ealing head to the coast

Last weekend the green and whites got over a sticky start to triumph 36-25 over Henley at Vallis Way, and now face another struggling side down on the South Coast.

Tries from Marcus Burcham, Phil Chesters (his 11th of the season), Dave Essien, BryanYoung and a penalty try, resulting from obstruction on Chesters, secured victory over the Hawks. Ealing go into the Worthing match in second place, nine points behind leaders Barking but with a game in hand.

Ealing director of rugby Mike Cudmore was delighted to regain that winning feeling, but was keen to keep feet on the ground ahead of Saturday’s trip.

He said: “Henley were on a bit of a resurgence, after two good wins, so I told the players that they could expect them to come out strongly and test us. We didn’t control the game as well as wanted in the first period, but it was a reasonably good win. However, we know we have to improve.

“I know a few of the guys at Worthing and know they are a very proud team. They will have targeted a win against us, therefore we must have no complacency.”
Kiba Richards missed the Henley game, but his knee injury should not keep the wing out for too long. “Kiba is going to have a scan, but it doesn’t look serious. I expect him to only be out for a few weeks,” added Cudmore.