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Ealing will look for more capital gains on Saturday when they travel to Esher for a third consecutive London derby. The SSE National League One league leaders have beaten local rivals Blackheath and Richmond in the past fortnight, and a further success at Molesey Road would put them well and truly in command of the division.

With a third of the season to run Ealing hold a nine-point advantage over second-placed Blaydon following their 34-17 win over Richmond. Tom Wheatcroft took his tally of points scored for the season to 221 with a try, three conversions and a penalty goal. Scrum-half Tom Parker chipped in with two tries and there were scores for winger Phil Chesters and lock Steve Pape.

Blaydon and Esher both suffered defeats by the narrowest of margins, going down to Blackheath and Old Albanians respectively. Blaydon outscored Blackheath four tries to two but still came up short, while Old As scored 15 unanswered second-half points to win by the same scoreline - 21-20. Old As player-coach James Shanahan scored twice and full-back Richard Gregg contributed their other points from the kicking tee.

Cinderford followed up their big win over Fylde the week before with another bonus-point victory at home to Tynedale. Nev Codling scored two of the Forresters five tries in a 33-20 success, but he was outdone on a personal level by his opposite number, Hamish Smales, who scored a hat-trick yet still ended up on the losing side.

The trusty boot of fly-half Sam Katz ensured Rosslyn Park remain on the fringes of the title race with a hard-fought win at Coventry. Katz struck three penalties and converted Luke Campbells 54th-minute try in a 16-3 success at the Butts Park Arena.

Macclesfield kept their survival hopes alive with a 19-3 derby win over fellow relegation candidates Sedgley Park. Two tries for full-back Matt King and one for Ryan Parkinson condemned the Tigers to a fourth straight loss.

Late tries from Wharfedale duo Dan Solomi and Joe Donkin, both converted by Tom Barrett, set up a tense finish at the Woodlands but hosts Fylde held on to achieve a 25-21 bonus-point win. Fylde had led 25-7 going into the final 10 minutes after tries from Oliver Viney, Oli Brennand, Paul Arnold and Robert Stewart and a penalty and conversion from Richard Kenyon.

Round 20 results

Coventry 3 - 16 Rosslyn Park

Ealing Trailfinders 34 - 17 Richmond

Fylde 25 - 21 Wharfedale

Macclesfield 19 - 3 Sedgley Park

Old Albanians 21 - 20 Esher

Cinderford 33 - 20 Tynedale

Blaydon 20 - 21 Blackheath

Round 21 fixtures, Saturday February 16.

Loughborough Students Vs. Macclesfield 14:00

Tynedale Vs. Rosslyn Park 14:00

Wharfedale Vs. Sedgley Park 14:00

Blackheath Vs. Cinderford 15:00

Esher Vs. Ealing Trailfinders 15:00

Fylde Vs. Cambridge 15:00

Old Albanians Vs. Blaydon 15:00

Richmond Vs. Coventry 15:00

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