First competitive game for the newly formed Ealing Trailfinders 1871 RFC in Herts & Middlesex 2.
|Competition||Herts & Middlesex 2|
|Coaches||Mark Percival, Tom Gamage, David Brathwaite, Paul Johnson|
|Team Manager||Vittorio Spadavecchia|
|Press Attaché||Rob Williams|
|Travel||All to go direct|
|Team Meeting||Changing room 12:30. £5 fine into team kitty for late arrival. Message or phone team manager if running late.|
|Team Rota||Post-match duties players 1-4|
|Dress code post-match||Grey Ealing polo|
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1 Tim Hitchcock
2 Liam McDonagh
3 Andrew Barton
4 Sean Kennett
5 Nyall Wake
6 Matvey Boguslavskiy
7 Luke Parry
8 Oscar Avis
9 Lucas Brathwaite
10 Harrison Slater
11 Chris Monponbanua
12 Afzaal Mir
14 Arian Shehu
15 Nathan Oti
16 Liam Woolford
17 Haseen Hashim
18 Jack Marsh
19 Alex Horncastle
Newly formed Ealing Trailfinders 1871 play first league fixture
After a long struggle to gain acceptance in the national league structure, the newly affiliated Ealing Trailfinders 1871 team finally made its debut in Herts & Middlesex division 2 on a warm mid-September afternoon against local rivals Actonians, and despite a sluggish start eventually came good to score nine tries in an entertaining encounter.
The historic occasion was watched by a sizable crowd, whose cheers turned to groans when Actonians notched two tries in the opening quarter, seizing on Ealing errors. Undaunted by the early setback, 1871 gained the upper hand and increasingly looked the more likely team to score, and full back Nathan Oti duly touched down for the team’s first try in the league. Slick passing along the back line led to an equalising try by centre Afzaal Mir, swiftly followed by another score by Oti, who also added the conversion. In the last play of the first half flanker Luke Parry capped a man-of-the-match performance with his team’s fourth try, securing a bonus point in the process.
Brimming with confidence after a strong end to the first half, 1871 put the contest beyond doubt on the re-start, with scores by replacement Haseen Hashim and prop Tim Hitchcock, stretching for the line for his second try in two weeks. Actonians never gave up, and with 30 minutes left on the clock scored under the posts. Just 3 minutes later the gap was restored with a fine try by Jack Marsh on the right wing. Second row Liam Woolford ran powerfully to notch his team’s eighth try before Hasim scored again. Actonians, having already secured their own try bonus, finally added their fifth and game’s fourteenth try.
Next Saturday, 21 September, 1871 will aim to build on their successful start to the league season on the short away trip to West London.
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