Cinderford United maintained their grip on the Forest of Dean Combination Senior Cup, overcoming a determined challenge from Berry Hill, in front of a decent crowd at Lakers-rd.

With a strong breeze at their backs Berry Hill began well and deservedly took the lead when winger Kingsley Bower sped over in the corner for a try, which was well converted by Aaron Ryder.

Cinderford captain Danny Trigg replied with a penalty, but evergreen Berry Hill outside-half Lee Osborne dropped a goal to make it 10-3 to the home side after 20 minutes play.

Trigg was on target with his second penalty, before Cinderford scored a crucial try just before the half-time interval, when flanker Rich Mountford showed a good turn of speed from just inside the opposition half to outpace the cover defence and get the touchdown.

With conditions now in their favour the United were in control for much of the second -half and after a long period of pressure winger Jack Wakefield was put away to score a try which Trigg converted.

Struggling to get out of their own half Berry Hill became increasingly frustrated as the second-half progressed and Trigg punished them for their indiscretions at the breakdown by landing two more penalties and start the celebrations for the Cinderford team.

Cinderford United: S.Hawley, N.Gait, L.Littleton, A.Price, J.Wakefield, D.Trigg (Capt.), S.Watkins,
J.Brooks, R.Groves, S.Merritt, L.Powell, T.Napier, R.Mountford, T.Bozzard, D.McKee.
Repls; C.Bundy, M.Baldwin, K.Frowen, C.Ridler, M.Goodall, N.Green.

Former Cinderford player Joe Goatley scored all of Newent’s points as they beat Cinderford Stags 20-10 to lift the FOD Combination Junior Cup. Lewis Smith scored a try for the Stags, with Morgan Goodall kicking the conversion and a penalty.