March 19, 2017
A first half penalty try and Shane Buckley’s fourth try of the season failed to prevent another defeat on the road for Ian Costello’s side, as the Green & Whites were swept aside by an in-form Ealing Trailfinders, at Vallis Way on Saturday afternoon, losing by a 59-12 scoreline.
All back to full fitness, backs Vili Hakalo, Billy Robinson and Will Millett all claimed a place in the starting XV, whilst just two changes were made to the pack, with prop Ben Hooper replacing Will Stuart at tighthead and number eight Shane Buckley coming in for Josh Poullet.
On the bench, prop Tom West, lock Toby Freeman and winger Alex Goble all made welcome returns to the squad.
The home side exploded out of the blocks, finding themselves 17-0 ahead inside the opening 15 minutes of the match, via a 3rd minute converted penalty try, a Rory Clegg penalty in the 6th minute and a Lewis Jones try eight minutes later, with Clegg then kicking the conversion.
Having been caught on the back foot early on, Nottingham capitalised on a 16th minute yellow card for Trailfinders number eight Mark Bright, with a penalty try of their own, which was converted by Tiff Eden.
The hosts then came back with three unanswered scores in less than ten minutes. Will Harries, Miles Mantella and Jones all crossing the whitewash to all but finish the game as contest before half time.
After another Ealing yellow card, this time for fullback Harries, Buckley did pull a try back for the Green and Whites on 36 minutes, leaving the scores at 38-12 at the break.
Nottingham failed to trouble the scoreboard in the second half, as the home side continued their march towards play-off qualification, with three more tries, via Mantella, Josh Davies and Joe Munro, with the former Green and Whites centre making use of the extra man, after Murray McConnell had been sin-binned on 76 minutes.
With just two league games now remaining, the Green and Whites will now look to get back to winning ways at Rotherham Titans on Saturday 25th March. Kick-off at Clifton Lane is at 3pm.
Images courtesy of Rodney Wetton.