Cinderford hooker Nathan Taylor scored a ‘hat-trick’ of tries as his team celebrated a victory over Birmingham Moseley in the first ever league meeting between the clubs.
The Forest side put the disappointment of last weeks opening match defeat to Rosslyn Park behind them as they overcame a 20-10 deficit at the interval to gain a thrilling victory. The home side were quickly into their stride and an incisive break from outside-half James Williams put winger Taraiasi Wara through to score the opening try of the match, which Williams converted.
Cinderford responded with a good passage of play that brought them a penalty from Liam Hemming, then some terrific handling ended with Harry Hone putting Taylor over to score his first try, which Hemming converted. Back came the hosts however with Williams levelling the scores with a penalty before converting a try from replacement prop Tom Fidler. Then in added time at the end of the half Williams was on target again with a penalty from long range.
The visitors made the perfect start to the second half when they forced their opponents into a hurried clearance and from the ensuing lineout a well executed drive to the line enabled Taylor to score his second try, which Hemming converted. Play continued to be evenly contested with the defences of both teams coming to the fore, before Williams stretched his team’s lead to 23-17 with a third penalty ten minutes from time.
Once again Cinderford showed great strength of character to put pressure on their opponents from the re-start and a couple of penalties enabled them to set up an attacking lineout, from which another catch and drive saw Taylor complete his ‘hat-trick’, which was well converted by Hemming. The hosts threw everything into attack in the final minutes but Cinderford closed out the game to claim their victory.
Cinderford; Stefan Hawley, Terence Babarinsa, Ed Bogue, George Boulton, Reuben Norville, Liam Hemming, Jimmy Williams, George Porter (Capt.), Nathan Taylor, James Elliot, George Evans, Dale Lemon, Matt Lane, Aaron Ryan, Harry Hone.
Replacements; Joe Smart, Tim Brockett, Ben So’oialo Chan, Matthew Bennett, Alex Frame.