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Match Guide: Hartpury (H)


Ealing Trailfinders host Hartpury University at Trailfinders Sports Club this Saturday.

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RFU CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 3

Date: Saturday 24th September

Kick-Off: 3pm

Location: Trailfinders Sports Club, W13 0DD

Tickets: Available from £16 - click here to purchase

Coverage: Live coverage of the game will be available via our Twitter feed and website


MATCH DAY SCHEDULE:

11:15am: Ealing Trailfinders Colts v Grasshoppers Colts

12pm: Ealing Trailfinders Football Club (Games & Activity)

1:30pm: Shop Trailer Open (Kit & Merchandise)

2:55pm: Guard of Honour - Ealing Trailfinders Football Club

3pm: Ealing Trailfinders v Hartpury University

Half-Time: Ealing Trailfinders Football Club (Games & Activity)

Full-Time: Bread Street Café Player of the Match Announced

5pm-9pm: Live DJ playing in the clubhouse / bar open


ABOUT THE OPPOSITION:

After another strong campaign in 2021/22, Hartpury University have added a handful of fresh faces to help ensure another good season.

The most noticeable of them is Mitch Eadie from Bristol Bears. The back-row spent last year on loan at Hartpury but the move has now been made permanent. They have also signed experienced Championship campaigners Sam Rodman and Jack Davies from Cornish Pirates and Doncaster Knights respectively, as well as bringing in Harry Fry and Ellis Shipp from the Dragons. 

Hartpury also have strong relationships with Bristol Bears and Gloucester and regularly have some of their players involved in their match-day squads. This relationship works both ways, as Hartpury have lost Jame Williams, Oscar Lennon and the Benz-Salomon brothers to the Bears. Last season’s club co-captain Will Crane left to go to the Pirates while George Simpson and Robbie Smith both moved to Doncaster.


WHAT TO EXPECT:

Hartpury started the season strongly as they travelled to Championship new boys Caldy. In what was an end-to-end encounter, the men from Gloucestershire came out on the correct side of the 22-33 scoreline with JB Bruzulier grabbing a brace.

In Round 2 they faced a dominant Doncaster side who were frustrated by their opening day defeat to Trailfinders. After a strong start by Hartpury, the Knights grew into the contest and eventually ran out 34-16 winners. Hartpury will be looking to bounce back strong this Saturday.


MATCH OFFICIALS:

Referee: Neil Chivers

Assistant Referee 1: Peter Brunt

Assistant Referee 2: Simon Adams 


LAST TIME WE MET:

Our last meeting came in February 2022 when we travelled to The Alpas Arena to face a dominant Hartpury side who were on a six-game unbeaten run. The Green and Whites started the stronger, and secured the bonus point within 35 minutes as we raced out to a 0-28 lead. The hosts did answer back but ultimately the damage was already done as the game finished Hartpury 14-Ealing Trailfinders 33. 

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FORM GUIDE:

Ealing Trailfinders:

W: Ampthill 17 - Ealing Trailfinders 32 (Saturday 17th September)

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W: Ealing Trailfinders 29 - Doncaster Knights 10 (Saturday 10th September)

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Hartpury University:

L: Hartpury University 16 - Doncaster Knights 34 (Saturday 17th September)

W: Caldy 22 - Hartpury University 33 (Saturday 10th September)


PLAYER OF THE MATCH SPONSOR:

Thank you to Bread Street Café, Ealing Broadway - our 2022/23 Player of the Match Sponsor. Book your table at Bread Street Café.


DIGITAL MATCH PROGRAMME:

Our free digital match programme will be published on Friday afternoon. The programme will be available on our website and social media channels. You can also scan the QR code posters at the ground to read for free.


HOW TO FIND US:

By Road:

From the A40 take the B452 turn-off towards Ealing (actually signposted as Perivale) along the Argyle Road. Pass through a set of traffic lights and across a roundabout. At the second roundabout, (about 0.5km) turn right into Vallis Way. Trailfinders Sports Club entrance is at the end of the road. Click here to view map.

Car parking is available at the ground and costs £5 per vehicle. 

By Rail:

You can take a national rail train from Paddington to Ealing Broadway and then hop on a bus (see below). Alternatively, you can take a train from Paddington to Castlebar Park.

By Tube:

You can take the Central Line, District Line or Elizabeth Line to Ealing Broadway, and then take a bus, taxi or walk to the ground (approx 20 minute walk). 

Alternatively, you can take the Elizabeth line from Paddington to West Ealing and then walk to ground (approx 15 walk). 

By Bus:

Many buses stop in the vicinity of Trailfinders Sports Club, including the 297, E1, E2, E7, E9 and E10. The walk to the ground from the nearest bus stop is approx five minutes.


CUSTOMER SUPPORT:

For further information or assistance please email us on: info@etprm.com.


WE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR MATCH-DAY AT EALING TRAILFINDERS!