Cinderford caused a huge upset as they toppled league leaders Ealing Trailfinders in dramatic fashion at the Beavis Memorial Ground.

With the home scrum under some early pressure Ealing opened the scoring when second-row Mike Walker-Fitton charged over for an unconverted try.  Cinderford responded with a well taken try in the far corner from centre Sam Hanks, which James Moffat converted excellently from the touchline. Ealing regained the lead when they created an overlap and prolific try scorer Phil Chesters touched down after 33 minutes of play, and this proved to the final score of the first-half.

Moffat was on target with two penalties in the early stages of the second-half to put the home side back in front, but the visitors soon replied when No8 Tom Brown finished off a lineout catch and drive from his forwards.  The home side hit back with a terrific score when Mike Wilcox chipped ahead, re-gathered and released Hanks to score his second try under the posts, with Moffat converting.

Ealing secured a bonus point with their fourth try, again from a lineout catch and drive, with flanker Arthur Ellis awarded the score. Ben Ward landed the conversion to put his side 22-20 ahead after 67 minutes.  Cinderford took the game right back to their opponents and when the referee adjudged Ealing to have collapsed a driving maul, he awarded a penalty try, which Moffat converted.

The league leaders camped themselves deep in their opponents territory for the remainder of the match, and the ball went through endless phases before a knock-on signaled the start of huge celebrations for the home side.

Cinderford team: Mike Wilcox (capt), Nev Codlin (Alex Frame 18), Sam Hanks, Leo Fielding, Stef Hawley, James Moffat, Clive Stuart-Smith, Chris Bundy (Jack Cosgrove 30, Joe Smart 74), Sam Wilkes, Jake Caulfield (Chris Bundy 61), Roger Birkin (Shay Kerry 53), Ed King, George Mills, Marcus Brown, Dan Fry (Sam Underhill 26)



8 responses to “Cinderford 27-22 Ealing Trailfinders”

  1. Mike says:

    what a game a well deserved win for Team Cindy,22 man of the match awards !!
    Keep up the good work with support like today we all still beleive

  2. Barry Holmes says:

    I have to say that for me that is the most important performance since beating DMP in the play offs to get us into this fine league. Its been a hard slog for everybody at the coal face but today we proved that we are a bloody good side with skills , pace , and passion , we will fight this to the end !
    And yes I have had a few !
    very proud indeed of a quality squad !

  3. Turkey Mike says:

    Fantastic result.lets hope it will instill some well deserved confidence and self belief within the Squad.
    Lets continue the rest of the Season with this spirt.
    Good Luck,

  4. Ken Butcher says:

    As a Cinderford “exile” living in Ealing- what a great result! I shall enjoy “ribbing” the locals.
    Keep it up “Cind”

  5. Rhidian Jones says:

    As a long time Ealing club member – 44 seasons now – thank you for an outstanding sporting occasion. From the moment I arrived I felt welcome at a real rugby club, within spitting distance of Wales where rugby pride and passion thrive, enjoying the craic with partisan but knowledgeable supporters who also appreciated a fine game of rugby with a final heart-stopping ten minutes each of which was itself well worth the admission price. In the end, Forest grit won out and your boys deserved their victory. We went home consoled by two league points and the knowledge we had witnessed something truly special. I do hope you win your battle to stay in this league to which you add so much. Pob hwyl. Rhidian

  6. Dave'on the bank'Bradley says:

    From the support on the bank….unbelievable performance….Thank you. Playing with passion and pride…and urgency sealed the result. It is great to see you guys play with confidence…the spell in the third quarter where we spun the ball and cut back against the grain several times in a Barbarian style of play was great to watch. It didn’t bring a score but totally knackered out the Ealing juggernauts.
    Thanks boys….

  7. Alan Lewis says:

    As a Coventry exile, (and part time Cinderford fan) living in Ruardean, I would like to thank the team for the tremendous result. Sadly, I missed this game, but what a great feeling to get home and find that both of my teams had won. Please don’t repeat the giant-killing act next week. I will be at the Butts with mixed emotions.

    I have heard the sentiments of Rhidian Jones spoken by many fans of the game, and expect the same next week from the Coventry chairman, but only if Cov win.

  8. tony nash says:

    Yes, what a match! What a victory and deservedly so!

    Based on this performance we have no need to fear anyone. But paradoxically, despite our depressingly low league standing – opposition will ensure we are no longer taken for granted.

    Keep up the good work Cinderford – you really are a bloody good outfit!

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