Ealing Trailfinder v Bedford Blues
Bedford Blues put in a huge second half fightback against high flying Ealing Trailfinders at Vallis Way on Saturday afternoon but they came up just a point short.
Trailing 17-3 at the interval, penalties from Myles Dorrian along with a converted Ollie Dodge try brought the Blues back into the game, but the home side went further ahead with a try ten minutes from time. The Blues kept knocking on the door and got their reward with a George Edgson try on the stroke of 80 minutes which ensured that Bedford left with a losing bonus.
Ealing took the lead in the third minute following a Blues mistake at the lineout. Pat Tapley had done a superb job in stopping Trailfinders winger Curtis Wilson but the resulting lineout was overthrown and landed in the hands of Ealing hooker Rhys Lawrence who dotted down with Aaron Penberthy converting.
Dorrian got points on the board for the Blues with a well struck penalty from 40 metres but it was soon cancelled out as Penberthy replied with one of his own to make it 10-3.
Ealing were in the ascendancy in the opening 40 and only a knock on stopped the Blues from falling further behind as the hosts created an overlap that they couldn’t quite exploit.
Ealing’s persistence finally paid off in the 33rd minute as Lawrence found lock Carwyn Jones who coolly offloaded to Aled Jenkins who scored and Penberthy slotted the extras.
Bedford finished the half in positive fashion with skipper Michael Le Bourgeois and lock Will Carrick-Smith coming close, but Ealing held firm to lead 17-3 at the break.
The Blues may have received a firework a week early as they started the second half with renewed vigour. George Perkins had made a fine break into the Ealing 22 before the ref blew his whistle and Dorrian pulled back three points with the resulting penalty.
Things got better still for the Blues and their travelling faithful as Dorrian pulled the strings to create a gap for Dodge who cut through the space to score with the fly half adding the extras.
Ealing continued to press and the Blues showed some solid defence. Penalties were going in the hosts direction but they decided to push for tries rather than taking the points on offer. The Blues pack did a superb job to repel the attacking lineouts and kept their team in the match.
Perkin and Jordan Burns gave the Blues an attacking platform and when Ealing were pinged by the referee, Dorrian converted the penalty to make it a one point game.
For all of their great efforts, the Blues were punished with ten minutes to go as Ealing prop Alex Penny found a way through the Bedford defence to score with Penberthy converting.
Bedford continued to press and they were able to secure a losing bonus point as Edgson crashed over under the posts with the conversion being dropkicked over, but there wasn’t enough time for a restart as the ref brought the game to an end.
The Blues return to Goldington Road next weekend to face Nottingham in the Greene King IPA Championship.
COME ON YOU BLUES!!!