First Team

REPORT: Moseley 20 – 15 Ealing Trailfinders

Ealing Trailfinders were unable to end their pre-season preparations with a third straight victory over a team from a higher division, but they did score three tries against Moseley from the Greene King IPA Championship.

Once again Ben Ward’s side made a strong start and after they reclaimed their kickoff the ball moved wide to the left wing where the returning Phil Chesters dived over for his second try of pre-season.

Moseley had the chance to hit back after ex-Ealing Trailfinders flanker Ed Siggery won a penalty, but after the hosts offended at the ensuing lineout Matt Jarvis used the prevailing wind to hammer the visitors deep into opposition territory.

The visitors went down to 14 men just after the quarter of an hour mark when hooker Alun Walker was send off for a dangerous tackle and while it momentarily reinvigorated Moseley’s attack Ealing’s defence held firm.

With the wind behind them Ealing Trailfinders continued to enjoy the bulk of territory and possession and they continued to stretch the play whenever they had the chance.

Sam Wardingley and Chris Kinloch combined well on the right to attack the line, Kevin Davis and James Love came close to opening up the Moseley defence down their left flank and only scrambled defence stopped Tom Brown after Danny Kenny had put him clear.

Moseley then went down to 14 men when prop forward Simon Gardiner was send off for punching Will Davies, however the home sided ended the first half on the attack after a break by Chris Brightwell.

The teams agreed to return to 15 players at halftime and soon after the restart Love went into action with a try-saving tackle.

Both sides had made a number of changes at the break and the match took time to find its rhythm, but eventually it was Moseley scrum-half David Brazier who broke the deadlock with a sniping try following a rolling maul to the line.

Moments later Moseley fly-half Ollie Thomas put the hosts ahead with a penalty from straight in front of the posts and then wing Scott Armstrong swept up a loose ball to run in a try.

Either side had their chances to attack, but as the wind picked up the defences stayed on top. Eventually Ealing scored their second when Arthur Ellis dotted down after a rolling maul, but Moseley hit back straight from kick off when Armstrong scored another opportunist try that Thomas converted.

Ealing Trailfinders enjoyed the final word though when wing James Copsey found space on the right to sprint home.

Ealing Trailfinders
James Love, Chris Kinloch, Sam Wardingley, Tom Wheatcroft, Phil Chesters, Matt Jarvis, Alex Walker; Kevin Davis, Alun Walker, Nathan Buck, Michael Walker-Fitton, Paul Spivey, Danny Kenny, Arthur Ellis, Tom Brown (captain)
Reserves
Will Davis, Andrei Radoi, Ignas Darkintis, Gary Johnson, Carwyn Jones, Llewelyn Jones, Alex Bradley, Morgan Thompson, Ben Ward, Andy Reay, George Eastwell, James Copsey
Moseley
Mike Penn, Drew Cheshire, Will Owen, Greg King, Scott Armstrong, Ollie Thomas, David Brazier; Tom Warren, Adam Caves, Simon Gardiner, Nile Dacres, Mike Powell, Ed Siggery, Joseph Carpenter, Chris Brightwell
Reserves
Craig Voisey, Stefan Thorp, Scott Tolmie, Greg Charlton, Sam Brown, Caolan Ryan
Anthony Carter