A last gasp converted try saw Cinderford snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and deny Barnstaple the win their performance probably deserved.

With the final play of the match centre Terence Babarinsa powered his way over for a try to level the scores and James Moffat held his nerve to land the match-winning conversion.  The early signs looked good for the league leaders as a textbook lineout catch and drive saw prop Tim Brockett go over for the game’s opening try in the 11th minute.  However the home side took the game to their opponents and levelled the scores in 25th minute, when scrum half Jordan Petherbridge slipped through a gap in the visitor’s defence.

It remained all square at half-time, but soon after the re-start Barnstaple took the lead when their outstanding centre Ryan Carter spun out of a tackle to score a try, which Jake Murphy converted.  A strong run from centre Ed Bouge created the space for Reuben Norville to score a try and then Moffat edged Cinderford ahead with a penalty, but two penalties from Murphy had Barum 18-13 up with just seconds remaining.

As Cinderford threw everything into one final attack, desperate defence from the home side saw them concede three penalties and their opponents were able to get into a position for Babarinsa to strike from close range.

Cinderford; James Moffat, Stef Hawley, Terence Babarinsa, Ed Bogue, Reuben Norville, Liam Hemming, Alex Frame, George Porter (Capt.), Nathan Taylor, Tim Brockett, Roger Birkin, Dale Lemon, Matt Lane, Will Keenan, Harry Hone.

Replacements; Joe Smart, James Elliot, Callum Allen, Jack Shields, Clive Stuart-Smith.

3 responses to “Barnstaple 18-20 Cinderford”

  1. mike says:

    not very good performance then did hear ref was rubbish need to get back in gear next week

  2. Simon Tudball says:

    A win is a win. The opponents played out of their skins and Harry and James getting yellow cards were very harsh. It speaks volumes for the mental strength of the squad that they still ground out a win and Moff was so calm at the end. My son and I had a great day out and it may not have been pretty but the unbeaten run goes on. To overcome so much adversity including a very average ref was a great effort. Keep it up everyone.

  3. Alan Harper says:

    Keep going lads. Congratulations.
    No excuses as the pressure builds over the last few matches.
    I want to see you playing in the North next year, especially at Darlington Mowden Park.
    From Alan Harper, Stokesley, near Middlesbrough!!

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