Cinderford brought the curtain down on their fantastic league winning season with a 24th consecutive victory as they picked up the silverware in front of their jubilant supporters.
The home side opened the scoring in the seventh minute when a lineout catch and drive saw No8 Harry Hone crash over for an unconverted try. Canterbury produced some good passages of play but were unable to breakthrough a resolute home defence before Cinderford counter attacked with Hone releasing Matt Lane on a storming run and he put winger Reuben Norville away to score another unconverted try.
The Forest side increased their lead early in the second-half when hooker Nathan Taylor finished off another well executed lineout drive, then Hone secured the try scoring bonus point as he forced his way over for his second. The visitors continued to show plenty of enterprise in their play however and they scored a well deserved try through flanker Vaughan Meredith, which Alex Miller converted. When the ball went loose in mid-field home scrum-half Jimmy Williams gathered up and raced away to score his team’s fifth try, which James Moffat converted.
Canterbury responded again straight from the re-start when they created an overlap for winger Kieran Thompson to cross for an unconverted try. The final score of the match proved to be a very popular one as a storming run from Kai Little set up the opportunity for Roger Birkin, who is moving on, to force his way over for a try, which Moffat, who is also leaving the club, converted.
Cinderford; Alex Frame, Kai Little, Ed Bogue, Rob Winchle, Reuben Norville, James Moffat, Jimmy Williams, Joe Smart (Capt.), Nathan Taylor, James Elliot, George Evans, Dale Lemon, Matt Lane, Matt Bennett, Harry Hone.
Replacements; George Porter, Tim Brockett, Roger Birkin, Terence Babarinsa, Clive Stuart-Smith.