Cinderford vs Chinnor

October 7, 2017
Score: 20 - 31

Match Report

Chinnor thoroughly deserved their bonus point victory as they overcame the challenge of Cinderford at The Beavis Memorial Ground.

A knock on early in the game enabled the home side to put some pressure on their opponents, and when the visitors conceded a penalty for no rolling away, James Moffat opened the scoring with a well struck penalty.  Cinderford continued to press forward, but an interception enabled Chinnor to clear their lines, but they were penalised in identical fashion to the previous one soon afterwards and Moffat was again on target with straight forward kick at goal.  The visitors responded well and they went through the phases before replacement second-row Ben Manning crashed over for a try from close range, which Jonny Bentley converted.

Forwards and backs combined well with strong carries for Chinnor to set up the next try for prop Nick Bingham, who just scrambled over the line with Bentley again adding the conversion.  Back came Cinderford however with George Porter and Kai Little going close before the ball was moved wide for flanker Lewis Beer to step inside and score a try, which Moffat converted to make it 13-14 on the half hour.  Bentley put over a penalty for the visitors as the interval approached and they scored a crucial try with the last play of the half when they kicked ahead for Kieran Goss to gather up the ball and he put flanker George Oliver over for a try, which Bentley again converted.

Cinderford had an early opportunity to reduce the deficit early in the second-half, but Moffat was just off target with a long-range penalty.  Chinnor built up a long spell of pressure, forcing their opponents to concede a couple of penalties at the scrummage before scrum-half Greg Goodfellow took a quick tap and found Ratu Nawaqaliva in close support and he forced his way over to earn his team the bonus point, with Bentley again adding the extras.

The home side got some momentum into their game and No8 Harry Hone went over for a try, which Moffat converted and although they went close to scoring again in the dying minutes the ball was knocked on and Chinnor were able to run down the clock and claim a well deserved victory.

Cinderford; James Moffat, Kai Little, Terence Babarinsa, Jack Hayes, Reuben Norville, Liam Hemming, Jimmy Williams, George Porter (Capt.), Nathan Taylor, James Elliot, Jack Shields, Dale Lemon, Aaron Ryan, Lewis Beer, Harry Hone.

Replacements; Joe Smart, Tim Brockett, Matt Bennett, Rob Winchle, Alex Frame.