The gale-force wind which blew straight down the pitch had a huge bearing on the outcome of this match, but Cinderford will be very disappointed with their performance in the second-half which saw them concede 17 unanswered points.
With the elements in their favour Cinderford were quickly into their stride and winger Nevaro Codlin touched down for an unconverted try after just three minutes play.
Rory Teague made up for his missed kick when he landed a penalty, and then converted a try from centre Simeon James to put the visitors 15-0 ahead. Cambridge hit back though when pacy winger Patrick Tapley raced clear to score and Elliot Bale landed a penalty. Some slick handling by the Cinderford back line enabled full-back Mike Wilcox to go over for a third try with five minutes of the first-half remaining and they appeared well placed at 20-8 in front going into the second-half.
However with the conditions now in their favour it was Cambridge who began to chip away at their opponents lead. Albert Portsmouth took advantage of a missed tackle to score a try and then Alex Smith intercepted a loose pass to race over under the posts, with Adam Whites’ conversion levelling the scores at 20-20 after 62 minutes. Aided by some more sloppy play from Cinderford the home side kept up the pressure and it was fitting that their best player No8 Steve Hipwell scored what proved to be the winning try eight minutes from time.
Cinderford; M.Wilcox, N.Codlin, S.James, R.Winchle, K. Done, R.Teague, D.Pointon (L.Carter 60), J.Smart,
S.Wilkes (T.Bozzard 50), C.Bundy, R.Mountford, E.King, L.Allen, W.Foden, B.Sparks (G.Evans 50).
Other replacements, L.Fortey, P.Towers.