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Ealing Trailfinders Amateurs 1sts 17 - 0 Rosslyn Park
Date: 25-01-2014 14:00
Type: Match
Section: Adults

LocationVallis Way
CompetitionZoo Sports Shield Division 3
CaptainAdam Hulmston
Vice Captain
CoachesNick Lambert
Team ManagerVittorio Spadavecchia
PhysioMatt Knights
Press AttachéRob Williams
PhotographerPaul Clarke
Team MeetingChanging room 12:30. £5 fine into team kitty for late arrival.
Team Rota
Dress code post-match

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Team Selection

1 Phil Cotter
2 Liam McDonagh
3 Patrizio Bancher
4 Sean Kennett
5 John Worthington
6 Des Crinion
7 Oliver Mayo
8 Adam Hulmston
9 Olly Miller
10 Alex Gillespie
11 Steve Verma
12 Aaron Buller (Devs)
13 Eoghan O'Sullivan
14 Hugh Williams
15 Alex Ward (Devs)


16 Otto Castle
17 Matt Lowen
18 Stuart Miller
19 Will Day (Academy)

The Amateurs remain unbeaten since late November following a satisfying victory over one of their main rivals for the Zoo Sports Shield Division 3 South title, for the second consecutive week avenging an away loss suffered earlier in the season.

On a sticky pitch following weeks of persistently wet weather, the two old rivals served up a game of high quality and intensity, notable for outstanding defence. With Park enjoying the benefit of the breeze in the first half, there were few openings in the opening quarter, although Ealing missed with an attempt at the posts following a high tackle.

Half an hour into the game the deadlock was finally broken when Alex Ward kicked Ealing into the lead with a penalty awarded for offside. As the half-time whistle approached, Rosslyn Park started to string together a few moves but the Ealing defence held firm, with crunching tackles notably by the front row of Phil Cotter, Liam McDonagh and Patrizio Bancher. On the stroke of half-time the home side had the chance to double the lead with a second penalty, but the kick sailed wide.

Ealing coach Nick Lambert felt that the only real problem in an impressive first-half performance was the score, and with the advantage of a stiffening breeze the Amateurs dominated for most of the second period. On 45 minutes Ealing opted for a scrum when Park were penalised for a deliberate knock-on, and captain Adam Hulmston plunged over between the posts, leaving Ward with an easy conversion.

With 20 minutes left on the clock tight-head prop Bancher, who had carried and tackled with equal ferocity, was yellow-carded, but the numerical disadvantage seemed to make the home side even more determined, with debutant substitute scrum-half Matt Lowen launching waves of attack. The Park defence held firm, but eventually right wing Hugh Williams stepped inside his opposite number and had the strength to beat the last-ditch defence and record his second try in two weeks. Steve Verma, taking over the kicking duties, converted well from half-way out via an upright.

Two more tries would have brought a bonus point, but Park continued to defend valiantly and benefited when the referee disallowed a try by flanker Des Crinion with a couple of minutes to go because he was unable to see the ball under a pile of bodies.

This Saturday sees the Amateurs in North West Middlesex Cup action away to Wasps Amateurs 1st XV of London Division 3 North-West.

Won 17-0. Tries Hulmston, Williams
Conversions: Ward 1, Verma 1
Penalty: Ward

Report by: Rob Williams

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