Both teams completed their preparations for the new season and it was Cinderford who made it four wins from four as they secured a ‘double’ over Rams, having beaten them 19-14 at Old Bath Road a fortnight ago.
It was the visitors who made the better start, but turnover ball enabled the home side to clear their lines. Gradually Cinderford built up some momentum and the ball went through numerous phases before centre George Boulton found a gap in the defensive line to score the game’s opening try, which Reece Boughton converted. The remainder of the first-half was evenly contested and despite the visitors picking up a yellow card the score looked destined to remain unchanged at the interval. However, with the last play some good hands released winger Tim Andrew down the touchline to score an unconverted try.
Cinderford were on top in the early stages in the second-half, but were unable to increase their advantage until the returning Mike Wilcox showed good skills to step through the opposing defence for a try, which Paul Morgan converted. Rams hit back with a try from replacement scrum-half Ollie Moyne, which Carl Morgan converted but it was Cinderford who finished the stronger side and when Morgan kicked a penalty into the corner a trademark lineout catch and drive saw Sam Baker touching down to complete the scoring.
Cinderford: Mike Wilcox, Jamie Forrester, George Boulton, Liam Hemming, Tim Andrew, Reece Boughton, Jimmy Williams, George Porter, Nathan Taylor, James Elliot, Tyler Jerrum, Jack Shields, Aaron Ryan, Jack Preece, Harry Hone, Joe Smart, Tim Brockett, Sam Baker, Joe Mullis, Matt Lane, George Angell, Mike Austin, Paul Morgan, Ryan Kibble.