Cinderford slipped to another frustrating defeat on their first ever visit to Plymouth Albion’s Brickfield ground.
The visitors showed plenty of endeavour and determination throughout, but they were once again out done by their lack of ball retention skills and poor decision making at crucial moments of the match. Home full-back Tom Putt was on target with a penalty after seven minutes, following a yellow card for Cinderford hooker Chris Bundy.
The referee was then quick to award Plymouth a penalty try as the teams contested a 5m scrum, with Putt converting. The score became 15-0 when centre Mark Koteczky joined in on driving maul to claim the touchdown. Cinderford finally got some points on the board when Callum Sheedy kicked a penalty, when the home side lost their hooker James Penham to the sin-bin.
Both teams had opportunities to score before half-time, but the score remained 15-3 at the interval.
With the wind behind them Cinderford pressed forward from the re-start and they were eventually rewarded when Roger Birkin was driven over from a lineout catch and drive. The visitors appeared to be building up some momentum, but as they pressed forward again the ball was turned over and from the ensuing kick and chase up field Ethan Ford won the race to touchdown, with Putt converting. Plymouth secured their try scoring bonus point when Billy Searle went over in the 70th minute to make it 27-8. With two minutes remaining Sheedy intercepted a pass and ran 60 metres to score a try which he also converted.
Cinderford: Mike Wilcox (capt), Harrison Yorke, Sam Hanks, Rob Winchle, Alex Pickersgill, Callum Sheedy, Jimmy Williams, Dan Murphy, Chris Bundy, Francisco Bruno, Milo Reynolds, Jerry Sexton, Roger Birkin, George Mills, Matt Lane.
Reps: Will Goodrick-Clarke, Davy McGregor, Marcus Brown, Dan Pointon, Angus Bowyer