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Victory in last Saturday’s top v bottom clash sees Ealing Trailfinders lead SSE National League One by four points from Blaydon at the halfway point of the campaign. Phil Chesters and Morgan Thompson both grabbed try doubles in the 47-11 victory while there were further scores for Peter Hodgkinson, Lee Starling and Sam Wardingley. The result made for a bad 24 hours for Cambridge who suffered a five-point deduction in the build-up to the game. Cambridge were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player in the previous weekend’s game against Sedgley Park.

Both sides scored four tries apiece to take bonus points from the game of the day at Crow Trees, but it was Blaydon who narrowly came out on top at home to fellow title challengers Rosslyn Park. Blaydon owed their success to a flying start which saw them lead 28-5 after just half an hour. Park’s valiant fightback saw them close the gap to six points but the clock counted against the Londoners who had to be content with a losing bonus point.

Blaydon swap places with Park and move into second place, with Esher back in fourth. Richmond ended Esher’s unbeaten home record with a 23-19 win at Molesey Road watched by 1,102-strong crowd. They owed their win to first-half tries from James Greenwood, James Attlee and Jason Phipps. Two yellow cards either side of half-time stymied the home side’s efforts.

An eight-point gap exists between Esher and Old Albanians, the side immediately below them in fifth. Old A’s scored 19 points without reply in the second half to finally see off Macclesfield and win 32-6.

Tynedale won away from home for the first time in seven attempts this season, following a 34-15 victory over Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales. Tynedale had the result effectively in the bag by the interval having posted 27 points without reply. Hamish Smales bagged a brace of tries in that purple patch to add to earlier tries from Andrew Moralee and Christopher Harris. Tynedale went on to win 34-15.

Sedgley Park clung on to record their first victory in nine outings after withstanding a late comeback from Coventry. Fly-half Steve Collins was the star of the show for Tigers after kicking four penalties and the conversion to Garth Dew’s try in a 19-17 win.

There were also narrow wins for Loughborough Students (28-25) v Cinderford, who recovered from a 17-0 deficit at the break to win their seventh game of the season, while Fylde came away from the Rectory Field with four points after a 17-14 win against Blackheath.

Round 15 results

Blackheath 14 - 17 Fylde

Ealing Trailfinders 47 - 11 Cambridge

Esher 19 - 23 Richmond

Old Albanians 32 - 6 Macclesfield

Sedgley Park 19 - 17 Coventry

Blaydon 28 - 22 Rosslyn Park

Loughborough Students 28 - 25 Cinderford

Wharfedale 15 - 34 Tynedale

Round 16 fixtures

Loughborough Students Vs. Cambridge

Tynedale Vs. Blaydon

Rosslyn Park Vs. Ealing Trailfinders

Blackheath Vs. Esher

Coventry Vs. Cinderford

Fylde Vs. Wharfedale

Macclesfield Vs. Sedgley Park

Richmond Vs. Old Albanians

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