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Ealing completed a remarkable 11-year rise from London Three (North West) to the RFU Championship after clinching the National One title on Saturday. The west London outfit went into the game against Cinderford at Vallis Way needing only one point to be mathematically certain of promotion and they achieved their aim, but not without a fright.

At one point Cinderford looked on course to be cast in the role of party-poopers, as the Forest of Dean side, beaten at home to lowly Sedgley Park the week before, enjoyed a 17-13 half-time lead thanks to tries from Jack Adams and Will Foden. However a strong second-half showing, which saw Ealing score 15 unanswered points, meant the champions-elect were not to be denied.

Esher look favourites to finish as National One runners-up, as they are tied on 98 points with Blaydon but with a game in hand after a 21-17 win over Tynedale. Tries from scrum-half Andrew Garner and Richard Smart gave the Surrey side a lead they never relinquished although a late try from the visitors ensured a nervy finish.

An outstanding display from Newcastles teenage prodigy, Zach Kibirige, helped Blaydon to a 39-25 win over Coventry at Crow Trees. The England age group winger bagged two tries, as did flanker Robert Bell, as Blaydon secured their 16th try bonus point of the season.

Rosslyn Park host Blaydon this weekend knowing a win would keep alive their chances of leapfrogging the north-east outfit into third place. However they will need to improve on their last showing: a disappointing 17-16 defeat in difficult conditions away to Old Albanians.

Not surprisingly the game between Wharfedale and Macclesfield featuring the two prime candidates for the third and final relegation spot - was a fiercely competitive affair, but in the end it was Wharfedale who won the day. The Dalesmen overcame a slow start to pull through and win by 19 points to 5 and in doing so boosted their chances of an 18th consecutive season at this level.

The battle of the bottom two went the way of Sedgley Park who overcame the loss of two forwards to the sin-bin to beat Cambridge 29-19.

Elsewhere, Fylde overcame a four-point interval deficit to win 35-17 at Loughborough Students, while Richmond claimed bagging rights over hosts Blackheath in the oldest club fixture in the book.

Round 28 results

Blackheath 12 - 21 Richmond

Ealing Trailfinders 28 - 17 Cinderford

Esher 21 - 17 Tynedale

Old Albanians 17 - 16 Rosslyn Park

Wharfedale 19 - 5 Macclesfield

Blaydon 39 - 25 Coventry

Sedgley Park 29 - 19 Cambridge

Loughborough Students 17 - 35 Fylde

Round 29 fixtures

Wednesday April 17

Coventry Vs. Esher 20:00

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Cambridge Vs. Ealing Trailfinders

Cinderford Vs. Loughborough Students 14:30

Rosslyn Park Vs. Blaydon 14:30

Coventry Vs. Sedgley Park 15:00

Fylde Vs. Blackheath 15:00

Macclesfield Vs. Old Albanians 15:00

Richmond Vs. Esher 15:00

Tynedale Vs. Wharfedale 15:00

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