Ealing Trailfinders v Bedford Blues

Saturday, 20 April, 2019 - 15:00
1st XV
Lost 54-21

Bedford were on the wrong end of a 54-21 score line on Saturday afternoon against a rampant Ealing Trailfinders.

While the Blues scored three good tries through Dean Adamson, James Lennon and Pat Tapley, they conceded eight in the process against the side who had seen their Premiership ambitions thwarted 24 hours earlier when London Irish secured the Championship title with a win at Richmond.

The home side started impressively and secured the try bonus point within half an hour. Rayn Smid crossed in the 12th minute before a Will Harries double made it 21-0 as Craig Willis converted all three.

Bedford sparked into life and got their first try of the afternoon following some good pressure to set up camp in the Ealing 22. Lennon and Will Hooley combined before Adamson somehow stepped and shimmied past four defenders to score and Hooley added the extras.

The revival was short lived though as the hosts turned the screw and crossed for a fourth thanks to a powerful finish by winger James Cordy Reddy. Willis may have missed the conversion but he was able to make amends before the break when Reon Joseph skipped beyond the Blues defence to score and the fly half made it 33-7 at the interval.

Whatever was said at the break had the desired effect as the Blues came out firing and scored when a penalty was sent to the corner. The driving maul did its job before Lennon broke, dummies and scored with Holley converting once again.

Sadly, the comeback was quickly stamped out as Ealing flexed their muscles once more. This time, an Ealing penalty went to the corner with former Blues Jordan Burns sniping over for the score which Willis converted to make 40-14.

As the hour struck, so did Ealing. This time Kieran Murphy drove over from close range and Willis duly added the extras. 

The hosts eighth came courtesy of Alun Walker who broke from the back of a maul to score on his 100th appearance for the Trailfinders and Willis converted.

Bedford scored a late - and wonderful - consolation try when Tapley danced his way from the halfway line, beyond the defence and over the line for the score which Ed Coulson converted but it was too little too late as the Blues left Vallis Way empty handed.

Ealing Trailfinders: 15 Will Harries 14 Reon Joseph 13 Lewis Jones 12 Pat Howard 11 James Cordy Redden 10 Craig Willis 9 Jordan Burns 1 Jordan Els 2 Matt Cornish 3 Elliot Millar Mills 4 Sam Dickinson 5 Harry Casson 6 Ben Landry 7 Rayn Smid (c) 8 Kieran Murphy

Replacements: 16 Alun Walker 17 Matt Beesley 18 Ben Betts 19 Tom Denton 20 Max Davies 21 Ben Williams 22 David Johnston

Scorers:  Tries: Rayn Smid (12 minutes) Will Harries (17, 20 minutes) James Cordy Redden (27 minutes) Reon Joseph (40 minutes) Jordan Burns (48 minutes) Kieran Murphy (59 minutes) Alun Walker (79 minutes)

Conversions: Craig Willis (12, 17, 20, 40, 59, 79 minutes)

Yellow Card: Will Harries

Bedford Blues: 15. Rich Lane 14. Ryan Hutler 13. Ed Coulson 12. Lewis Robling 11. Dean Adamson 10. Will Hooley 9. James Lennon 1. Sean McCarthy (c) 2. Charlie Clare 3. Alex Penny 4. Ed Taylor 5. Will Carrick-Smith 6. Oli Curry 7. Huw Worthington 8. Jarad Williams

Replacements: 16. Jacob Fields 17. Hayden King 18. Ben Cooper 19. Justin Blanchet 20. Josh Buggea 21. Chris Czekaj 22. Pat Tapley

Scorers:  Tries: Dean Adamson (23 minutes) James Lennon (45 minutes) Pat Tapley (80 minutes)

Conversions: Will Hooley (23, 45, 80 minutes)

Yellow Card: Oli Curry

Match Officials:

Referee: Dean Richards

Attendance: 1636

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