League leaders Ealing were pushed all the way by a determined Cinderford effort but they did just enough to come out on top by the narrowest of margins.

An early up and under caused confusion in the visitors’ defensive line and the ball bounced into the hands of Cinderford winger Lloyd Stapleton, who sped over for an unconverted try.

Ealing were quick to respond when Tom Wheatcroft was on target with a penalty to make it 5-3 after just six minutes play.

Play went from end to end with both teams defences looking strong, but the home side suffered a blow when Will Foden was shown a yellow card, however they maintained their slender advantage up to the half-time interval.

The visitors made a fast start to the second-half and they eventually crossed for what was to prove to be their only try of the match with No8 Sam Shires claiming the score.

Back came Cinderford and some excellent handling put full-back Mike Wilcox over in the corner for a second unconverted try.

On 57 minutes Ealing were awarded a penalty and Wheatcroft put over what was to prove to crucial kick.

Both teams had opportunities to score in the last quarter, but once again the defences were equal to the task and time ran out a brave effort from the home side.