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Ealing Trailfinders 1871 1sts 73 - 19 Kilburn Cosmos
Date: 06-11-2021 15:00
Type: Match
Section: Adults

LocationVallis Way
Pitch type4G
CompetitionHerts & Middlesex 1
CaptainMatt Donnelly
Vice CaptainLewis Steadman
CoachesTom Gamage
Team ManagerVittorio Spadavecchia 07956 442502
PhysioMatt Knights
Touch JudgeKyle Beck
Press AttachéRob Williams
TravelHome game
Team MeetingChanging room 13:30. £5 fine into team kitty for late arrival. Message or phone team manager if running late.
Team RotaPost-match duties players bench
Dress code post-matchWhite shirt plus Ealing tie

If Friday or later cry-off then message or phone Ricky immediately 07956 442502

Team Selection

1 Leighton Price
2 Evan Poole
3 Pat Nash
4 Spencer Hills
5 Jonathan McKeogh
6 Nyall Wake
6 Matt Donnelly
7 Andrea Costa
8 Oscar Avis
9 Josh Steadman
10 Callum Nolan-Hutchinson
11 Luca Townsend
12 Jack Hobbs
13 Stanislas Duhamel
14 Toby Holt
15 Lewis Steadman


16 Chris Joyce
17 Matt Lacour
18 Dominic Taylor

After two narrow defeats and a draw in their last three games, Ealing 1871 rediscovered their form with a crushing victory that leaves them still in fifth position but sitting just one league point behind Wasps Amateurs and Saracens Amateurs and with an average of over 40 points scored in their first five games, more than any of the teams above them.

Ealing made an impressive start and were on the score sheet within 2 minutes. From a cleanly won line-out the ball was moved across the back line, and an overlap enabled centre Stan Dumahel to finish emphatically wide on the left, from where Callum Nolan-Hutchinson landed a fine conversion. Ten minutes later, powerful scrummaging put Ealing on the front foot, and full back Lewis Steadman came into the back line to finish well, the conversion attempt from the right missing the uprights. Soon afterwards Steadman had space to run in opposed for a converted second try. Knock-ons at key moments kept the score at 19-0 until Duhamel intercepted a wayward Kilburn pass and outpaced the despairing chasers to finish under the posts for the final score of the half.

Just one minute after the restart, scrum half Josh Steadman accelerated through a gap to score under the sticks, and with the second period only two minutes old right wing Toby Holt ran a good angle to beat the last defender. With steady possession from line-outs, scrums and turnovers, the tries kept coming, the next on the score sheet being stand-in captain and man of the match Matt Donnelly, up in support of a break by left wing Luca Townshend. With a quarter of the game to go, Lewis Steadman scored his third of the afternoon before Kilburn finally got off the mark, quickly followed by Steadman's fourth, taking a well-timed inside pass from Dom Taylor. An aimless kick downfield by Kilburn was then collected at pace on the half-way line by Josh Steadman, who carved his way through the defence for his second score of the day. After a second consolation try for the Cosmos, Townshend started and finished a move on the left, evading the last defenders courtesy of a one-two with the pacy Donnelly. The fourteenth and last score of the day went to Kilburn.

Next up for 1871 in their Herts & Middlesex League 1 campaign are mid-table Bank of England, followed two weeks later by a crucially important trip to Barnet Elizabethans, currently top of the table but not having yet encountered any of the four teams immediately below them.

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