After a tremendous first half Nottingham were unable to maintain their lead in the second half, ultimately losing to the league leaders Ealing Trailfinders.

Trailfinders ran in five tries after the break to take their match tally to eight, with Matt Cornish scoring a hat-trick.

The first half very much belonged to Nottingham though. After Billy Twelvetrees took an intercepted pass to the house to give the hosts an early lead, Nottingham put together two well worked attacks to get Ryan Olowofela and Beltus Nonleh over the line for tries.

Ealing equalised with a driving maul five minutes after Nonleh had powered over the line, but Nottingham got another one back after Joe Woodward finished a great move from a penalty.

The hosts kept coming though and right before halftime Cornish powered over the line once again to bring the gap to just two, and they were awarded a penalty try minutes after the second half began to take the lead.

Slick hands from the Nottingham backs put Dafydd-Rhys Tiueti away in the corner to level, with Arden adding the conversion to retake the lead but that would be the last points the visitors would be able to put on the scoreboard.

Just moments latet the familiar sight of an Ealing maul was followed by a series of pick and goes which ended in Biyi Alo crashing over and Twelvetrees converted.

After that Ealing started to cut loose and Angus Kernohan scored after good work from the backs. Jonah Holmes sealed the win with strong work down the right.

Despite the scoreline, Nottingham can take pride in the fact they gave a team 13 points clear at the top of the table such a good game, and they will take that confidence into next week when they will host Hartpury at The Bay.