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Tries from wing Phil Chesters and replacement front-rower Jon Moyce and 11 points from the boot of Tom Wheatcroft earned SSE National One leaders Ealing a hard-fought 21-14 victory over Blackheath. It was the seventh time this season that Mike Cudmore’s men have come out on top in a game where a single score separated the sides at the final whistle.

The win sees Ealing remain on course for promotion to the RFU Championship, with a six-point advantage and a game in hand over second-placed Blaydon. Blaydon, though, made up some ground after taking maximum points from their fixture against Wharfedale. An eventful game, that ended 36-31 to the Crow Trees outfit, saw eight tries scored and five yellow cards and a red produced by referee Phil Davies. Blaydon led by 16 points early in the second half, but Wharfedale fought back strongly despite the dismissal of prop Adam Howard to produce a nail-biting finish.

Scrum-half Andrew Garner scored a try either side of half-time for Esher who kept their promotion hopes alive with a 34-22 win at Sedgley Park.

Loughborough Students scored 35 unanswered points in as many second-half minutes to produce the comeback of the day away to Old Albanians. A sixth try saw Old A’s race into a 40-7 lead shortly after the re-start, but the students refused to give in and responded with five tries of their own in a remarkable finale at the Woolams. Joe Atkinson, a first half try-scorer, added another on 54 minutes and there was a try double for centre George Eastwell as the visitors won 42-40.

Cinderford continued Fylde’s miserable run of form away from home this season with an emphatic victory over the Lancastrians at Dockham Road. Inconsistent Fylde have only won twice on their travels this term and they never looked like improving on that record against a Foresters side determined to maintain its place in the top half of the table. Fly-half Mark Davies converted all seven of his side’s tries – all scored by different players - and added a penalty to contribute 17 points in a 52-19 victory.

Coventry extended their winning run to four games with a 29-19 success at home to Tynedale. South African points machine Cliffie Hodgson scored one of Cov’s four tries as well kicking three conversions and a penalty. The former Rotherham player is just three points shy of reaching a double century of points scored for the season.

Former All Black Craig Newby almost enjoyed a dream start to life as Cambridge boss only for his side to fall just short in his first game in charge at home to Richmond. Considering their 104 point hammering at the hands of Rosslyn Park in their previous outing, the Blood and Sands will take a lot of pride from a two-point defeat against the league’s fifth-placed side.

Rosslyn Park became the league’s top points scorers following a 46-10 victory over Macclesfield. Each of Park’s starting back row grabbed a try, including Hugo Ellis, their seven-try hero against Cambridge, and there were further scores for Steve Parsons (2), Paul Mackey and David Vincent.

Round 19 results

Ealing Trailfinders 21 - 14 Blackheath

Old Albanians 40 - 42 Loughborough Students

Cinderford 52 - 19 Fylde

Coventry 29 - 19 Tynedale

Rosslyn Park 46 - 10 Macclesfield

Sedgley Park 22 - 34 Esher

Blaydon 36 - 31 Wharfedale

Cambridge 7 - 9 Richmond

Round 20 fixtures, Saturday, February 9 2013

Blaydon Vs. Blackheath 14:00

Cinderford Vs. Tynedale 14:30

Coventry Vs. Rosslyn Park 15:00

Ealing Trailfinders Vs. Richmond 15:00

Fylde Vs. Wharfedale 15:00

Macclesfield Vs. Sedgley Park 15:00

Old Albanians Vs. Esher 15:00

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