Greene King IPA Championship
Yorkshire Carnegie 40-28 Ealing Trailfinders
The crumb of consolation was a second point for Trailfinders when they scored four tries - but it’s still no win in three.
Carnegie hit six of the best in reply, and while Nathan Hannay crossed on his first return to Headingley after moving to Vallis Way - it was uphill pretty much most of the match.
Phil Chesters added an Ealing second, Danny Kenny the third, and Rhys Crane dotted down the fourth with two minutes left.
But it took just three minutes for the hosts to open the lead when Max Green set up long-serving winger David Doherty to run in the first points.
Ealing hit back quickly and Alex Davies took advantage of Carnegie ill-discipline to knock over two penalties and give the visitors the lead.
But the home side added a further two tries though coach Ben Ward’s side regrouped and quickly found themselves with a man advantage after Burrows was yellow-carded.
They closed the gap when Hannay forced his way over from a tapped penalty and with Davies converting, Trailfinders closed the gap to six points.
But Carnegie were far from done to score again and sit back on a 26-13 lead at half-time.
It took time for both sides to find a breakthrough after the break, but it was the home side who ended the stalemate when Burrows raced away from the halfway line to send Seb Steggman over.
Trailfinders fought back once again when Phil Chesters regathered his chip ahead to open his account in the Championship. Charlie Beech then became the second Carnegie player to be sent to the sin-bin, and the visitors took advantage when Danny Kenny touched down from the back of a rolling maul after a fine lineout catch by Llewelyn Jones.
Jonah Holmes then set up Phil Nilsen for Carnegie’s sixth, but the last word went to Ealing when Crane found a way to the line and ensured that for the second time in three weeks the west London side did not leave Yorkshire empty-handed.
Tries (Doherty, Holmes, Green, Forsyth, Stegmann, Nilsen), Conversions (Leonard x 5)
Tries (Hannay, Kenny, Chesters, Crane), Conversions (Davies), Penalties (Davies x 2)