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Ealing Trailfinders 1871 1sts 80 - 19 Tabard
Date: 03-02-2024 13:30
Type: Match
Section: Adults

CompetitionCounties 2 H&M
RegulationsRFU Regulation 6 Adult Competitions
LocationSee "Related Records & Places"
CaptainLewis Steadman
Vice CaptainLiam McDonagh
CoachesEddie Beck, David Brathwaite
Team ManagerDarren Walker
PhysioMatt Knights
RefereeGavin Nichols 07535 904971
Press AttachéRob Williams
HospitalityPaul Clarke
TransportMeet at opposition ground
Match Day
12.00 Arrival Changing Room
13.30 KICK OFF
£5 fine into team kitty for late arrival. Message or phone team manager if running late.
Team RotaPre-match/post-match duties players: 1 - 3
Dress code pre-matchEaling logo grey polo
Dress code post-matchEaling logo grey polo

Team Selection

1 Luke Beasley
2 Tim Hitchcock
3 Laurence Troke
4 Devis Acellam
5 Harry Reed
6 Toby Holt
7 Will Day
8 Alex Walker
9 Kyle Beck
10 Harry Vidler
11 Josh Steadman
12 Ben Parkinson
13 Darragh Sinnott
14 Louis Aitcheson-Walker
15 Lewis Steadman


16 Carlos Duarte
17 Kavan Fitzpatrick
18 Harrison Slater

Ealing Trailfinders 1871 returned to their high-scoring ways of the autumn with a ruthless display against mid-table Tabard, running in 12 tries, the only blemish on the afternoon being the concession of three tries by what remains the league’s meanest defence.

Ealing made full use of the opportunities for attacking rugby presented by the 4G pitch at Wasps’ Twyford Avenue ground and took an early lead when Ben Parkinson passed out of the tackle to fellow centre Darragh Sinnott, who sliced effortlessly through the visiting defence. Harry Vidler added the extras, as he did a total of 10 times during the course of the game. Four minutes later, Josh Steadman, playing on the wing, added to his impressive total for the season, easily outpacing the would-be tacklers.  Further attacks followed, based on a solid scrum and line-out platform, with Josh Steadman notching his second of the day before Parkinson’s first score after Lewis Steadman had drawn the last man secured the four-try bonus point with less than 30 minutes played. Louis Aitcheson-Walker finished well under the posts to add to his own impressive total for the season, and there was just time for Josh Steadman to complete his hat-trick before the half-time whistle. An impressive first half left Ealing 42 points to the good, having conceded just three penalties.

There was no let-up in pace at the start of the second period, with replacement Harrison Slater immediately making his mark on the game by chasing an astute grubber kick by Vidler down the left wing and touching down unopposed. After seven tries all scored by the backs, the next score went to Tim Hitchcock, who was in the right place at the right time to seize on a loose ball just short of the try line and touch down. Four minutes later Parkinson added his second, easily outpacing the visiting defence to finish under the posts. Tabard finally broke their duck 16 minutes into the second half with a try on the fringes of the breakdown and doubled their tally in similar fashion 9 minutes later. 1871 responded with a second try by Aitcheson-Walker and a fourth by Josh Steadman, whose pace and balance caused problems for Tabard all afternoon. The visitors added a third try, again from the breakdown, but Toby Holt, having moved from flanker to hooker in a front row alongside Hitchcock and Devis Acellam following the loss of both props, Laurence Troke and Luke Beasley, to injury, stretched to plant the ball over the line to complete 1871’s highest total of the season. A Tabard player, no doubt also remembering the 67-6 drubbing in the reverse fixture at Radlett, was heard to say he hoped never to have to play Ealing again.

Coaches’ joint man of the match were Parkinson and UWL student Carlos Duarte, who made an assured debut off the bench at flanker.

Ealing 1871 remain top of the table, six points ahead of Brunel University, who have a game in hand. Two more victories in the remaining five games will make promotion a certainty, but the target is to finish ahead of Brunel and win the league.

1-02Darragh SinnottTry5 - 0
1-03Harry VidlerConversion7 - 0
1-06Josh SteadmanTry12 - 0
1-07Harry VidlerConversion14 - 0
1-22Josh SteadmanTry19 - 0
1-23Harry VidlerConversion21 - 0
1-28Ben ParkinsonTry26 - 0
1-29Harry VidlerConversion28 - 0
1-34Louis Aitcheson-WalkerTry33 - 0
1-35Harry VidlerConversion35 - 0
1-39Josh SteadmanTry40 - 0
1-40Harry VidlerConversion42 - 0
2-02Harrison SlaterTry47 - 0
1-03Harry VidlerConversion49 - 0
1-08Tim HitchcockTry54 - 0
2-12Ben ParkinsonTry59 - 0
2-13Harry VidlerConversion61 - 0
2-16TabardTry61 - 5
2-17TabardConversion61 - 7
2-25TabardTry61 - 12
2-26TabardConversion61 - 14
2-28Louis Aitcheson-WalkerTry66 - 14
2-29Harry VidlerConversion68 - 14
2-30Josh SteadmanTry73 - 14
2-31Harry VidlerConversion75 - 14
2-34TabardTry75 - 19
2-39Toby HoltTry80 - 19
Event Photos 25
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