There was plenty of tension in the closing stages of this match, but Cinderford held on to record their first victory of the season over previously unbeaten Tynedale.
The first-half was a very evenly contested affair with home second-row Lance Randall scoring an unconverted try after ten minutes of play, before the visitors replied with two penalties from young outside-half Brett Connon. Charlie Norman put Cinderford back in front with a penalty, but Tynedale responded with a try from Sep Visser. A second penalty from Norman saw the teams level at 11-11 going into the interval.
Connon kicked the visitors back ahead with his third penalty soon after the restart, but back came Cinderford with a terrific ten minute burst that brought them three tries. First to score was winger Sam Baker, they were then awarded a penalty try as the visitors pulled down a lineout catch and drive, and the bonus point try soon followed from Chris McNeil.
Norman converted all three scores as the home side appeared to be well placed at 32-14 ahead going into the final quarter of the match. Tynedale replied with a try from Jack Harrison, and they were also awarded a penalty try to set up a grandstand finish, but Cinderford just held on to claim a much needed victory.
Man of the match – Elliot Booley
Cinderford RFC: Stef Hawley, Charlie Norman, Jack Adams (Mark Davies 54), Sam Hanks, Sam Baker, Mike Wilcox, Danny Pointon (Andy Uren 62), Joe Smart (Alex Gordas 48), Luke Cole (Sam Wilkes 48), Elliot Booley, Lance Randall, Matt Lane, Roger Birkin, Chris McNeil (Rhys Luckwell 61), George Mills