National 2 Hots Up!

National 2 South must be the tightest league in the country at the moment.

Leaders Barking’s unbeaten run came to an end away at Clifton while Ealing Trailfinders and Rosslyn Park also won, leaving Ealing in second place with a game in hand over Barking. It’s tight at the top!
Barnes 17-43 Lydney
What a difference a week makes. After Barnes took the scalp of neighbours Richmond, Lydney came knocking! They did just that knocking Barnes all over the place. Infact Lydney were 43/3 up before Barnes staged a fight back scoring 14 points in the last 4 minutes!
Clifton 17-13 Barking
Game of the day at Station Road, as Barking took their unbeaten record on the road!  As the saying goes it’s not over till the fat lady signs, and she didn’t stop singing until the 87 minute apparently when Clifton lock Ben Glynn went over for the winning try! All records are there to be beaten!  That narrows the gap at the top to 6 points with a game in hand to us!
Henley 24-12 Bridgwater & Albion
Despite their loss at Vales Way the previous week, the Hawks returned to Dry Leas and with it winning ways. A comprehensive win 24-12 that was made more respectable as Bridgwater score their 12 points in the last 9 minutes.
Rosslyn Park 14-11 Shelford
Holford almost took Parks home record. Dreadful conditions meant that this was never going to be an open game, but it was left to Parks reliable stand off Ross Laidlaw to knock over an 80th minute penalty to ensure that Park came out winners . Those bonus points continue to escape them though!
Southend 30-17 Dings Crusaders
Dings dreadful record on the road continues as Southend, our next visitors on the 28th, took the spoils . Three tries each though. maybe the sun was shining in Southend?
Westcombe Park 13-22 Canterbury
Canterbury took the bragging rights in this first local-ish derby for 3 seasons. They mastered the conditions and the opposition pack to take all 5 points on offer.
So with Barking loosing at Clifton, and Park failing to pick up the bonus point at home, Ealing’s next games will make it an interesting run into Christmas.
Next up on the 28th we have Southend as our visitors. The 5th December sees us on the road at Westcombe park, before Clifton come knocking on the 12th December. Our 2009 schedule ends with a visit to neighbours Barnes. Put the dates in your diary – It could make for an interesting 2010!