Cinderford produced a hard working performance to overcome the challenge of Blackheath, who failed to get on the score sheet.

The first-half saw few clear scoring opportunities, with the much bigger visiting forwards giving their team a territorial advantage and Cinderford defending their line with plenty of determination and character. Home full-back Mike Wilcox kicked a penalty after six minutes, but Simon Whatling was off target with a chance to level the scores soon afterwards. Just before the interval Wilcox put over a 40m penalty kick to give Cinderford a 6-0 lead at the break.

The second-half saw the home side soon on the offensive and a lineout catch and drive saw hooker Tom Bozzard emerge with the ball to claim a try, which was well converted by Wilcox. Cinderford kept up the momentum and more pressure on their opponents line saw a knock on in goal and scrum-half Danny Pointon pounced on the loose ball for a try which went unconverted.

Blackheath tried hard to get back in the match, but the home defence was well up the task and Cinderford scored a third try with ten minutes remaining when centre Brad Davies intercepted and Stef Hawley raced clear to score. Wilcox landed the conversion to complete the scoring.

Man of the match: Brad Davies

Cinderford RFC
Mike Wilcox, Nev Codlin , Jack Adams, Brad Davies, Stef Hawley, Mark Davies, Danny Pointon (Clive Stuart-Smith 54), Chris Bundy (Will Davis 59), Tom Bozzard (Finlay Sinclair 64), Elliot Booley, Lance Randall, Ed King, George Mills, Marcus Brown, George Evans (Joe Garner 65)

Unused replacement – Sam Hanks