Ealing 29 Yorkshire Carnegie 45: Doherty’s try milestone as Redpath is left delighted by Carnegie haul

David Doherty passed a try milestone for Yorkshire Carnegie
David Doherty passed a try milestone for Yorkshire Carnegie
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Yorkshire Carnegie head coach Bryan Redpath praised his side after they secured maximum points over the Christmas and New Year period as they ran out winners at relegation-threatened Ealing Trailfinders in the first game of the year.

Carnegie backed up their bonus-point win over Rotherham at Christmas as they ran in seven tries.

Redpath said: “The boys came with a positive mindset from the off today and that showed itself in the opening 20 minutes when we started so well in wet and blustery conditions. We came into this four-game block looking to gain some consistency and we have managed to win all four games.

“I am delighted for the boys. They have had to take some criticism because of the narrow defeats we have suffered already.”

The visitors made the best possible start in the wet and murky conditions as they raced into a 14-0 lead inside the opening 20 minutes with tries from Jonah Holmes and Andy Saull, which Kevin Sinfield converted.

Ealing showed their fighting spirit and Alex Davies kicked two penalties before the break.

Winger Callum Wilson was awarded a try in the corner after the interval and Carnegie were rocked as Davies made it 14-14 with his third penalty.

Carnegie, however, took control and scored a penalty try before David Doherty marked his 100th appearance in all competitions for the club with a converted try.

Davies had kicked a fourth penalty for the hosts between the tries. A second penalty try followed as Ealing found themselves down to 13 men before Ryan Burrows crossed from close range.

Doherty finished the visitors’ scoring with his second try before Ealing replacement hooker Alun Walker crossed.

Ealing Trailfinders: Daniels, Wilson (Harries, 72), Barnes, Munro, Stephenson, Roberts, A Davies (Alex Walker, 74), W Davis (Porter, 76), Lawrence (Alun Walker, 73), Penny (Rodman, 63), C Jones (Hannay, 67), L Jones, Orr, Ellis (Kenny, 62), York

Yorkshire Carnegie: Holmes, Doherty, Lucock, Leonard (Forsyth, 73), Prell, Sinfield (Hodgson, 73), Pilgrim, Imiolek (Beech, 63), Nilsen, O’Donnell (Hooper, 53), Schofield (Myerscough, 63), Jones (Smith, 73) Beck, Saull, Burrows.

Referee: M O’Grady (RFU).