Ealing Trailfinders 41 Wharfedale 13: Injuries leave Greens open to big defeat

Wharfedale’s game plan to stifle the attacking threat of the champions-elect lay in tatters as early as the 14th minute thanks to Ealing’s prolific winger Phil Chesters.

First Chesters fed centre Ronald McLean before going over for a try of his own. Neither effort was converted, although the home side did add a penalty, with Tom Barrett keeping the visitors in touch with two goal-kicks of his own to make it 13-6 at the half-time interval.

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The loss early in the second half of lock Richard Brown to a knee injury, following Alastair Allen’s 20th-minute back injury, meant any hope of challenging Ealing up front had gone.

It was only a matter of time before the floodgates opened, and four tries followed, although a more clinical side would however surely have added to this total.

Before the end, Barrett followed his own chip ahead to score a deserved try.