Cinderford saw their lead at the top of National One reduced to three points as they were edged out by Rams in a pulsating clash at Old Bath Road.
Both sides exchanged penalties in the opening 15 minutes, with Drew Humberstone opening the scoring for the home team before Liam Hemming replied for the visitors. Rams gained possession from the restart and a grubber kick through forced their opponents to concede a 5m lineout, a series of drives then resulted in Ollie Taylor going over in the corner. Cinderford soon responded when a short lineout throw caught the home defence napping and prop George Porter forced his way over for a try. The visitors continued to push forward and after Rams lost Jamie Gutteridge to a yellow card a trademark lineout catch and drive resulted in a try for Nathan Taylor, with the score remaining unchanged 8-13 at the interval.
Rams went back in front early in the second-half when winger Henry Bird crossed for a try, which Humberstone converted. The home continued in the ascendancy and stretched their lead when they were awarded a penalty try. The final quarter saw Cinderford throwing everything at their opponents, despite losing Matt Lane to the sin-bin, however the home stood firm until Taylor went over for his second try after 78 minutes, which Hemming converted. With the clock against them the Foresters were unable to launch another attack and Rams were able to clear to touch and claim their victory.
Cinderford; Mike Wilcox, Will Baldwin, Jamie Forrester, George Boulton, Will Hendy, Liam Hemming, Jimmy Williams, George Porter, Nathan Taylor, James Elliot, George Evans, Tyler Jerrum, Joe Dancer, Jack Shields, Matt Lane.
Repls; Tim Brockett, Joe Mullis, Aaron Ryan, Ed Sheldon, Mike Austin.