EALING Trailfinders stumbled at The Rock on Saturday, losing a very competitive game 31-24 at Rosslyn Park.
But a last-gasp score at least secured Ealing a losing bonus point that meant Rosslyn, the victors, dropped a place to fourth, while Ealing maintained second.
National Two South leaders Barking kept their 100 per cent winning record, but bonus points might decide the fate of chasing clubs, and Ealing have the best record with seven points from their eight games.
Fly-half Ross Laidlaw scored with a penalty for the home side, but then Ealing took the lead with a penalty try when the everthreatening Phil Chesters - Ealing's top try-scorer - chipped through only to be taken out late.
Ealing were made to defend in their own half for the rest of the first period and eventually they were beaten by winger James Strong, who gave Park a 13-7 inter-val lead.
A try from second row Russell Forster and a penalty from Laidlaw left Ealing 23-7 down and they were in danger of taking nothing from the game. But their ability to keep going to the final whistle is one reason they have accumulated bonus points this season - albeit not from quite such a desperate position.
In the 66th minute an inch-perfect Ben Ward cross-kick released winger Bryan Young to score in the corner and on 76 minutes, it was Ealing centre Peter Hodgkinson's turn.
At 26-22 to Park, the home team must have feared Ealing might snatch the win, but they drove forward once more to score through hooker Chris Ritchie with a minute to go. But Ealing showed the resolve that has been their hallmark this season and Ward coolly stroked over a penalty to claim that bonus point. Ealing return to Vallis Way tomorrow (Saturday) against Henley.