REPORT: Ealing Trailfinders 1st XV 59 – 17 Sedgley Park


Ealing Trailfinders 1st XV produced a ruthless performance to comprehensively beat Sedgley Park 59-17 at Vallis Way. Having lost their two previous games one might expect the home side to be edgy and nervous, however these conceptions were quickly dispelled as Ealing Trailfinders began the game at a ferocious and physical intensity. The home side raced into a 14-0 lead thanks to a debut try for Adam Preocanin and Sam Wardingley scoring after the winger collected a perfectly placed Ander Henderson grubber-kick. Ronald Mclean-Dents successfully slotted both conversions. Sedgley Park hit back against the run of play as John Bishop crashed over after a powerful line-out drive. A well-read line-out steal from Gavin Curry saw the ball move swiftly through the hands before Wadingley waltzed over for his second of the day taking Ealing Trailfinders into a 19-5 lead. As the game progressed, the home sides forwards began to stamp their authority on the game, as their scrum in particular put heavy pressure on the Manchurian outfit. It was as a result of a supremely dominate scrum that allowed No.8 Sam Shires to dot the ball over the line as the Ealing Trailfinders forwards marched forward with effortless ease. Mclean-Dents’ conversion gave the home side a 26-5 lead going into the interval.

The second half saw the Ealing Trailfinders team continue in the same vein as they strung together barnstorming phases to continually breach the advantage line. After a run of phase play, Shires made an impressive break before off-loading to Wadingley who sprinted to the line to seal his hat-trick. The Ealing Trailfinders defence was proving an immovable object to a Sedgley Park side short of confidence and attacking ideas. However, a burst of individual brilliance by Simon Parrot saw Park register their second try of the game. An innocuous kick was gathered by the full-back who chipped a defender and used his footballing skills to kick the ball into his hands before sprinting 30 yards to the try-line to reduce the arrears to 33-10. Two further well-worked converted tries put Ealing Trailfinders firmly in the ascendancy. Firstly, Henderson marked his return from injury with a deserved score before McLean –Dents collected a kick from Peter Hodgkinson to stretch Ealing Trailfinders lead to 47-10. Sedgley Park hit back through a converted Chris Parrot try but their tiring bodies could do nothing about a final flurry from the scintillating Ealing Trailfinders. Wardingley capped off a memorable day as he bagged a further two tries to take his tally to a remarkable five on the day, which led to a deserved man of the match award.

Ealing Trailfinders will be hoping for a repeat performance when they travel to an in-form Loughborough Students side next week.

Ealing Trailfinders return home to Vallis Way for their big Christmas game against Cambridge RFC on the 15th December, to find out more click here