National Division One
Fylde 14-39 Ealing Trailfinders
The Ealing juggernaut rolled another win off the production line at Fylde - and ran in six tries while they did it.
The Lancs side could have done with calling up the legendary Bill Beaumont out of retirement to help his old club. But even the England hero in his prime might have been hard pressed to rein in a rampant Trailfinders, who took another 39 steps towards the championship.
Early doors, Ben Ward kicked to the corner. Paul Spivey caught the lineout and the wonderfully named Red Pennycook was driven over to open the scoring.
Good defence by Llewelyn Jones and Anders Nilsson kept Fylde attacking intentions at bay. However, a driving maul took them close to the visitors’ line. On the third push, Paul Spivey was yellow carded, but the resulting lineout was long and Harries again ran the danger clear.
Pressure off, Arthur Ellis got his hands on the ball and darted through a gap for his 22nd try of the season.
Chris Kinloch came close to adding a third before he was bundled into touch, but soon after Nathan Buck was driven over from a lineout to put Trailfinders in touching distance of the bonus point after 30 minutes.
The next score came from the hosts. Scott Rawlings punched a hole in the defence and when scrum-half Ryan De La Harpe passed the ball smartly, and it soon made its way into the hands of wing Jordan Dorrington who dotted down in the corner.
Phil Chesters was then held up in the corner, but on the stroke of halftime, Ellis collected a deft offload from Jones to score between the posts to secure the anticipated bonus point.
Sam Wardingley sparked the second half into life when he spotted a gap in the Fylde defence and used his pace to break through. He was unable to set Chesters free outside him, but Ward kept the well oiled scoreboard with a penalty.
Chesters was not be denied and he rounded off a well-worked try having been set free after Alex Penny, Ellis and Kinloch linked up in a flowing move between forwards and backs.
Fylde captain Evan Stewart powered through to score the hosts’ second try, but the final word came from Luke Daniels, when he cut a strong line from a backs move to round off a clinical performance.