Cinderford Team- Josh Haddock, Matt Cooke, Finlay Poultney, Arron Thomas, Ethan Brookes, Morgan Peates, Ben James, Toby Powell, Niall Rosser, Jack Guy, Ollie Moore, Luke Marrott, Will Baldwin, Jack Robbins & Cam Davis.
Played at Bradford on Avon- 17/2/2013.
Cinderford travelled to Bradford on Avon for a game against “new” opponents, with only the minimum number of players. With no replacements, every one had to step up to the plate, and they certainly did!!
In the first 5 minutes, after some fine work by the forwards, Niall Rosser collected the ball from the foot of a ruck and was driven over the line to score his first try of the season. Jack Guy converted to give Cinderford an early 7 point advantage.
Cinderford dominated play and 2 fine tries followed from Will Baldwin, the first of which was a fine solo effort from fully 60 yards! Jack Guy converted both to increase Cinderford’s lead to 21-0.
Jack Guy then powered through the Bradford defence to score a fine individual try and duly converted to give Cinderford a deserved 28-0 lead.
Bradford then replied with a try of their own to make the half time score 28-5 in Cinderford’s favour.
The second half started well and Bradford had much of the early play, and although camped in the Cinderford half for much of the first 10 minutes, were unable to break through the Cinderford defence.
Luke Marrot then scored another fine try for Cinderford to increase the lead.
Another Will Baldwin try soon followed.
Morgan Peates then scored his first try for Cinderford following some fine work by Will Bladwin
Cinderford’s final try was scored by Luke Marrot after some fine work by Jack Guy, who converted to make the final score 50-5 to Cinderford.
Ex England captain, Lewis “Mad Dog” Moody was at the venue, although not to watch Cinderford! However, Cinderford stalwart and coach Scott Powell took the opportunity to get Lewis’s autograph. A Cinderford parent, asked Scott to get his autograph for his son, Sam. Scott agreed and off he went to track down “Mad Dog”. Now bearing in mind that Scott had just returned from a holiday in Spain, it seems that he had perhaps had too much Sangria? When he returned, he presented the autograph, but this was for “SOPHIE”, not Sam!! Never mind, it’s the thought that counts.
In the clubhouse afterwards, the BBC were present. Again however, this was not to film Cinderford! But, Cinderford’s coach, Dave Guy took the opportunity to further his acting career and made a “cameo” appearance on Points West that evening.