Cinderford made the long gruelling journey to the North East for this SSE National 1 league match up. The game was played out in atrocious weather conditions to which the home side adapted to the better.
Cinderford started with a gale force wind behind their backs but could not turn any of the possession they had into points, such was the strength of the wind, a couple of 22 dropouts went dead behind the oppositions posts. However they were no match for the North East are upfront or out behind.
It took Tynedale till the 30th minute to break the deadlock with a try from outside half Joel Hodgson, his conversion attempt from just to the side of the posts came up short such was the strength of the wind. With no more scoring in the first half Tynedale went in at half-time 5-0 to the good.
Just as the players took to the field for the second half the heavens opened. Cinderford now found themselves not only playing into a howling gale but also driving rain. They could not get out their own 22 for prolonged periods of time, they conceded numerous penalties which the home team failed to turn into points – in the end they opted to take scrums instead of kicking for the posts. To Cinderford’s credit they managed to hold out until the 70th minute when centre Chris Harris crashed over under the posts,converted by Hodgson to put Tynedale 12-0 ahead. This score ended the game as a contest with no way back for the Foresters.
In the 78th minute Cinderford’s defence was breached again by Alistair Murray with an unconverted try. With the game deep into stoppage time Thomas Bramwell went over the whitewash to give Tynedale a fully deserved fourth and bonus point try, this time Hodgson was successful with his kick. The final score Tynedale 24 Cinderford 0.
This was one of those games which you have to just draw a line under and move on and look forward to the next match which is at home against Macclesfield.
Cinderford, Wilcox (Trigg 70), Stapleton, James, Scourfield, Done, Teague, Draper, Thomas, Bozzard, Heard (Smart 50), McKee, King, Allen (Jones 64), Foden (McNeil 57), Evans.
Replacements not used: Towers.