Late Academy surge secures league draw

Old Fullerians v Ealing Trailfinders Academy drew 31-31

The hangover from last weeks Cup disappointment was evident for all to see today with an uncharacteristic first half display by the young Trailfinders.

Poor defence and sloppy passing let Fullers, playing with the wind, race to a 14-0 lead. Scrum half George Hawkins pulled a score back with an individual dart over the line but it was short respite from the rough stuff as another home side score opened up the gap again. Will Day scored the second try, converted by Yun Shun Luk showed that with possession and accuracy the home defence could be breached. The final score of the half however went again to Fullers with a well struck penalty. At 24-14 it didn’t look like being a good day for the boys.

The start of the second period couldn’t have been worse, poor execution gave the |Hertfordshire side the ball and yet another score 31-14, looked a winning score and the home fans were rightly pleased.

That score seemed to spark Ealing into life, a realisation that keeping the ball in hand and attacking the opposition would bring rewards, lifted the tempo and splintered the Fullerians defence, George Hawkins went over with a carbon copy of his first, followed by a strong run from short range by centre and top scorer Dan Clark and finally centre Conor Cordell ran round the defence.

Only one conversion of these three tries ultimately cost the win, but with pride salvaged the Academy boys can go into next weeks home game against Tring with a reality check taken on board.

Lots of work to be done and a season to finish off, see you at training!

Ealing Trailfinders Academy

Steadman, Isaac, Clarke, Day, Walker, Luk, Hawkins, Lowe, McCormack, Alton, Beaumont, Wake, Hitchcock, Joyce, Wells


Czop, Ajuchi, Cordell, Hissey, Mudzingyama


Tries – Hawkins 2, Day, Clarke, Cordell

Cons – Luk 3