EALING Trailfinders got their National League 2 South promotion bid back on track after their slip-up at Rosslyn Park, with a 36-25 triumph over struggling Henley at Vallis Way on Saturday.
Ealing adopted their familiar open style, but lacked accuracy early on.
But man-of-the-match Peter Hodgkinson provided the spark they needed with an astute kick, almost picked up by Phil Chesters, which centre Marcus Burcham collected to score the first try.
Elusive running by Bryan Young and Ben Ward's superb cross-kick then set up Chesters for his 11th try of the campaign.
Henley replied just before the break and Ealing had to weather early second-half pressure before another well-judged Ward cross-kick was gathered by Chesters and the wing off-loaded for Dave Essien to score.
Henley hit back once again, but Ealing's response was immediate, with Young strolling in for a bonus point try.
Chesters was denied a probable second touchdown by a blatant obstruction, with the ensuing penalty try securing victory.
Henley got a third try of their own late on but Ealing ran out deserved winners to maintain second place in the league behind Barking.
Ealing director of rugby Mike
Cudmore was delighted to regain that winning feeling, but was keen to keep feet on the ground ahead of Saturday's trip to Worthing.
"It was a reasonably good win, but we know we have to improve," he said.
"I know a few of the guys at Worthing and know they are a very proud team. They will have targeted a win against us, so we must have no complacency"
Kiba Richards missed the Henley game, but Ealing are confident his knee injury will not keep the wing
out for too long.
"Kiba is going to have a scan, but it doesn't look serious. I expect him to only be out for a few weeks," said Cudmore. [25cf] Ealing town centre will play host to a rugby promotional day on Saturday at Haven Green, organised by the Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club.
A multi-activity fun bus will be parked opposite Ealing Broadway station from 9am to 6pm, showcasing the sport to members of the public with audiovisuals and
demonstrations of mini rugby from the club's junior section.
The event, staged in association with the RFU and Sport Ealing, will also include appearances by players from Ealing's first XV.
"This is a fabulous way for us to spread the word that rugby is a fun, social sport and that Ealing boasts one of the leading clubs in London," said club chairman David Steene. "We hope we can attract those who have maybe never considered the sport was for them, to support their local club."