- Phil Chesters scores another hat-trick in making it 24 tries for the season
- Richmond and Jersey both win to maintain pressure on the table-toppers
Photo: Jon Wagstaff
Prolific wing Phil Chesters took his try tally to 24 for the season after scoring yet another hat-trick for leaders Ealing.
Chesters helped defeat a Henley side reduced to 14 men when Mathew Payne was given his marching orders on 27 minutes.
The 41-16 success maintained Ealing’s 10 per cent record on home soil.
The west Londoners' title credentials will be put to the test on Saturday as they take on in-form Richmond at the Athletic Ground.
Last week’s 56-9 win over Lydney, which included a hat-trick from Guy Thompson, made it 11 wins on the bounce for Steve Hill’s men.
But Jersey remain second after piling on the points themselves.
Two fixtures postponed
Plucky Hinckley were on the receiving end of a 45-20 defeat, but the Midlands outfit will take plenty of encouragement from a first-half performance that only saw them trail 18-13 at the interval.
The second red card of the day came at Hyde Park where Apo Satala was dismissed in a feisty fixture between Taunton and Dings Crusaders.
Taunton managed to combat the disadvantage of being a man down to win 34-23; Gary Kingdom kicking 19 points.
Old Albanians scored 12 points in as many minutes to give Southend a scare late on, but the Essex side held their nerve to win 34-23 at Warner’s Bridge, while, in the weekend’s only other game, Clifton edged out Worthing 10-9 at Cribbs Causeway.
Newbury v Canterbury and Westcombe Park v Shelford were postponed.
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