Cinderford came out on top in this match between the two sides at the wrong end of the National One table.

In sunny but cold conditions the home side made a cracking start to the game, when centre Sam Hanks raced through to touchdown after just three minutes, with Mark Davies adding the conversion. More pressure from Cinderford then saw No8 George Evans charge over from 22m out, with Davies again on target with the conversion. The home side kept up the momentum and quick hands enabled flanker George Mills to go over, and the try scoring bonus point was secured after just 20 minutes of play, when Davies picked out winger Alex Frame with a perfectly angled kick to the corner.

A fifth try followed in almost identical fashion, as Frame again touched down, with Davies adding the extras, to put Cinderford into a healthy looking 35-0 lead.  The remainder of the half saw Macclesfield much improved, but they were unable to breakthrough a solid home defence.

The second-half continued to see the visitors in the ascendancy, however they could not turn their pressure into points, and on a rare visit into opposition territory Cinderford grabbed a sixth try when replacement Sam Wilkes burst over, with Davies maintaining his 100% success rate with the conversion. To their credit Macclesfield never gave up and they grabbed a well deserved consolation score when their giant second-row Dean Williams stretched out over the line for an unconverted try.

MOTM – Cinderford’s Mark Davies

Cinderford – Mike Wilcox (Stef Hawley 54), Alex Frame, Sam Hanks (Al Bryan 49), Jack Adams, Sam Baker, Mark Davies, Clive Stuart-Smith, Jake Caulfield (Elliot Booley HT), Luke Cole (Sam Wilkes 49), Chris Bundy, Roger Birkin, Milo Reynolds, George Mills, Marcus Brown (Dan Fry 29), George Evans