Cinderford gained their first away win of the season with an emphatic display of running rugby at Barking. The Foresters finally did what they have been threatening to do all season, and the young side kept going from the first to the last minute. They are now starting to believe and back themselves, and they closed out a match that earlier on in the season they were coming up just short in.
In the second minute Cinderford moved the ball quickly across the backs. Centre Simeon James sidestepped his opposite number then offloaded to Wilcox, who in turn drew his man and found winger Lloyd Stapleton, who’s pace was too much for the home sides defence. He crossed the line for the opening score of the match, but Teague missed the conversion.
Rory Teague did slot over a 10th minute penalty after good work by the Cinderford forwards. They kept the ball alive, offloading in the tackle and moving the Barking pack one side of the pitch to the other at breathtaking pace.
Barking got their only score of the game after 13 minutes with a penalty from outside half Chris Ashwin.
The home team started to pick their game up but could find no way through a dogged and determined Cinderford defence. They had two long range penalty attempts but both went wide of the posts, leaving the half time score Barking 3 Cinderford 8.
The physical effort began to take its toll on both Cinderfords backs and forwards, forcing them into making three changes for injuries inside the first 10 minutes of the second half.
On the hour mark Kai Done made a forty yard break, supported by second row Ben west, who dived over for his first try of the afternoon. The conversion was missed by Teague but this vital score knocked the stuffing out of the home side – and Cinderford then began to dominate possession and territory.
For the final 20 minutes it was Barking who had to defend their own try line from relentless wave after wave of attacks by Cinderford. In the 79th Minute Teague made a break through the line and off loaded to West who crashed over the line for his second try of the match.
From the re-start James gathered the ball and split the defence in half, releasing winger Rob Winchle with a pass from the back of his hand, who then sprinted clear to score Cinderfords 4th try of the game. This gave them a well deserved bonus point victory, and Teague slotted the conversion over with the last action of the day.
Man of the match Ben West.
Cinderford Wilcox, Stapleton, James, Scourfield( Done 40) Winchle, Teague, Draper, Smart( Fortey 67) Bozzard, Heard( Bundy 47) West( Mckee 79) King, Allen(McNeil 49) Foden, Nicholls.
Neale( Nelson 75) Broughton, Henderson, Flannery, Hardy( Jones 53) Ashwin, Gash, French, Ambrose F (Bloomsberg 45) Ambrose E, Burns, Dwyer( Mullins 56) Ngan(Kersey 49) Reynolds, Sinfield.
Referee: Nick Cockburn.
Asst Referee1: Clare Daniels
Asst Referee2: Michael Priestley