Old Albanians took the honours in a scrappy encounter between two sides struggling at the wrong end of National One.

Despite torrential rain before the match the pitch was perfectly playable and Cinderford took an early lead when outside-half Lloyd Evans kicked a penalty. The visitors came back strongly and when home flanker George Mills was shown a yellow card, they took immediate advantage to score a pushover try through Ollie Cooper-Miller, which Richard Gregg converted.

The penalty count was beginning to mount against Cinderford and the visitors increased their lead when centre Chris Lombaard slipped through a tackle down the blindside and scored a try, which Gregg again converted. As half-time approached the home side put their opponents line under immense pressure and prop Alex Gordas crashed over for an unconverted try.

The second-half proved to be scoreless and descended into farce after the dismissal of Cinderford replacement prop Jake Caulfield and OA’s Andrew Berry, following an off the ball fight. It took several minutes for the match to resume as the home side also had Elliot Booley off injured and the officials struggled to decide on how to proceed.

Neither side looked capable of troubling the scoreboard despite their best efforts, and the match came to an end with the visitors taking a much needed victory and leaving Cinderford really struggling.

Cinderford RFC – Mike Wilcox, Nev Codlin, Stef Hawley, Sam Hanks, Sam Baker, Lloyd Evans, Andy Uren, Alex Gordas, Dave Wheeler, Elliot Booley, Lance Randall, Shay Kerry, George Mills, Rhys Luckwell, George Evans


9 responses to “Cinderford 8-14 Old Albanian”

  1. jono says:

    After todays result im sorry to say we will be playing div 2 rugby next season its a real shame, this team is just not up to it

  2. Gary says:

    Great comment!
    Great vote of confidence for cinderford players.
    Don’t comment if you gonna be so pathetic JONO!!!!

    Keep going lads, it will come!

  3. john says:

    welll said gary keep going cindy lots of games left to play

  4. jono says:

    Garry and John im sorry to say that this side is just not good enough the results show it sorry to say!!

  5. Cinderford1234 says:

    when players don’t pull their weight then its going to be a hard game whoever you are playing, still think we can stay up though, just need to sort the squad selections out.

  6. Cindy13 says:

    We have been in this position before and pulled through and I think we can survive if all key players are fit, however, from what I saw Saturday there are players who are lacking the ‘dog’ and that is a bit worrying.

  7. jono says:

    What we need is some experiancd players perhaps one front rower and an experianced second or back row who can lead and someone who the rest of the team will look up to Pete Buxton comes to mind I WONDER!!!

  8. Cinderford1234 says:

    The ref didn’t help either!

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