Cinderford continued their preparations for the 21/22 season with a stunning last play victory over National One promotion hopefuls Rams.
The Forest side travelled to Old Bath Road with a 26-man squad for a match which was played over 3×25 minute sessions. The first session saw the home team quickly into the ascendancy and they opened the scoring when Tom Vooght finished off a rolling maul, with Steffan James adding the extras. Then in an extended period of play No8 James McRae broke clear to score a try, which James again converted to make 14-0 to the hosts.
Cinderford re-grouped and deservedly cut the deficit as the second session progressed when Ed Sheldon went over for a try which was well converted by Reece Boughton. The visitors continued to have the better of exchanges into the final session and Nathan Taylor scored from a well-executed lineout catch and drive, Boughton’s conversion attempt was adjudged to have drifted wide and as the final whistle approached it looked as though Rams would hold on for a narrow victory.
However, when the ball was kicked deep into the Cinderford 22 Tim Andrew avoided a couple of attempted tackles and realised Mike Austin who showed terrific pace to race clear through to score the winning try, which Boughton converted.
Cinderford; Tim Andrew, George Angell, Mike Austin, Sam Baker, Will Baldwin, Reece Boughton, George Boulton, Tim Brockett, Alex Chalkin, James Elliot, Harry Hone (Capt.), Jonny Holliday, Tyler Jerrum, Ryan Kibble, Zac Littlefair, Paul Morgan, Dan Nicholls, Jack Preece, Aaron Ryan, Ed Sheldon, Jack Shields, Nathan Taylor, Dec Fissenden, Will Haly, Louis Jayne, George Porter.