Cinderford have it all to do now if they are to avoid relegation from National League One, following a hugely disappointing performance against fellow strugglers Old Albanians.
The visitors took an early lead in the match when the ball went loose in mid-field and a kick ahead and chase saw centre Leo Fielding touchdown for a try, which James Moffat converted. That proved to be the only score of the half as the defences of both sides dominated, and Moffat was off target with a penalty attempt as the players went into the interval in a hailstorm.
OA’s soon began to seize the initiative after the re-start, with Dan Watt kicking two penalties to bring them to within a point of their opponents, then two tries in quick succession swung the direction of the match decisively in the home side’s favour. Billy Johnson and Dom Regan were the try scorers, with Watt on target with both of the conversions, which was enough to secure the home side a much needed victory. Cinderford were left to reflect on their worst performance for many weeks, where they lacked a cutting edge behind the scrum, and once again their lineout let them down on a number of occasions.
Cinderford team: Mike Wilcox (capt), Stef Hawley, Leo Fielding, Jack Adams, Perry Humphreys, James Moffat, Clive Stuart-Smith, Jack Cosgrove, Luke Cole, Chris Bundy, Roger Birkin, Shay Kerry, George Mills, Marcus Brown, George Evans,
Replacements: Jake Caulfield, Sam Wilkes, Dan Fry, Danny Pointon, Sam Hanks