Ly­don’s late score brings up bonus for Eal­ing

The Rugby Paper - - Greene King Ipa Championship - ■ By TOM RI­LEY

EAL­ING Trail­find­ers scored four tries in a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory over Jersey Reds at Val­lis Way.

The hosts dom­i­nated the match but lacked a clin­i­cal edge, how­ever a 78th minute try from Peter Ly­don se­cured a valu­able bonus point to keep them sec­ond in the ta­ble.

Trail­find­ers head coach Alex Codling was de­lighted to get back to win­ning ways in front of the home supoprters.

“If you’d have of­fered us 25 points out of 30 from the first six matches we’d have been very pleased and we know that we can keep im­prov­ing. We’re in a good place as we head in to the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Cup.”

In a match in which both sides failed to play with a huge amount of in­ten­sity due to a high er­ror count, it was Ben Ward’s side who started strongly.

Alun Walker drove over the line from a rolling maul to score for the fifth con­sec­u­tive match to give the hosts an early 7-0 lead af­ter Ly­don’s con­ver­sion.

Bren­dan Cope cut the deficit to 7-3 with a penalty from out­side the 22, and the Jersey de­fence held firm un­til just be­fore the break.

It looked as if they would head in to half time trail­ing by just four points, but a try from Miles Man­tella with the last play gave Eal­ing breath­ing space.

A break out wide from An­drew Du­ru­talo gave Eal­ing front-foot ball, and the ball was re­cy­cled to Man­tella who dived over the line in the cor­ner.

Ly­don kicked a penalty four min­utes into the sec­ond half to ex­tend the lead to 17-3, and An­drew Du­ru­talo then scored his fifth try of the sea­son to give his team a com­mand­ing ad­van­tage.

The Amer­i­can in­ter­na­tional drove over from close

range un­der the posts, and Ly­don con­verted to put the hosts 24-3 in front.

Eal­ing were chas­ing the bonus point and were guilty of over-play­ing at times with a num­ber of han­dling er­rors, but they breathed a huge sigh of relief when they scored their fourth try with just two min­utes re­main­ing.

Calum Wa­ters took a quick tap penalty and raced away from the de­fence, be­fore pass­ing to Ly­don who beat the fi­nal de­fender to dot down over the line.

There was still time for the re-start, and Jersey had the fi­nal word with Tom Pin­cus cross­ing the line with the last play of the match to give the Chan­nel Is­lan­ders a con­so­la­tion try.

Jersey head coach Har­vey Biljon had no com­plaints with the re­sult. “Eal­ing are a for­mi­da­ble out­fit and they de­serve credit, they didn’t give us a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties. We’ve got a lot of work to do and will keep work­ing hard.”

Late try: Peter Ly­don

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