It was top against bottom at the Richmond Athletic Ground and although the league leaders secured a bonus point victory, Cinderford emerged with plenty of credit for their battling performance.

In very blustery conditions, the visitors began brightly and looked disappointed to be called back for an alleged obstruction as winger Josh Adams raced clear.  Andy Hall and Chris Eden exchanged penalties before Rory Damant scored the opening try of the match for Richmond after 20 minutes of play.  Hall increased the lead for the home side when he touched down, but Cinderford were quick to respond through centre Sam Hanks with a well taken try. The referee then produced three yellow cards, two for Cinderford and one for Richmond but the score remained 13-8 at the interval.

With both sides restored to their full complement, Richmond were soon pressing forward when play resumed and Charles Broughton went over for another unconverted try in the far corner.  The home side were now looking more in control and the ball went through numerous phases before they eventually scored their bonus point try through prop Tim Walford, with Hall landing the conversion. The remainder of the match was fairly even and brought no further scores, but overall Cinderford can feel encouraged by their display against a side pushing for promotion to the Championship next season.

Cinderford; Mike Wilcox (Capt.), Harrison Yorke, Gary Dipple, Sam Hanks, Josh Adams, Chris Eden, Alex Frame, Derrick Appiah, Chris Bundy, Elliot Booley, Milo Reynolds, Ed King, Roger Birkin, George Mills, Adam Balding. Reps: Dan Keat, Tom Bozzard, Marcus Brown, Matt Lane, Lloyd Stapleton.

3 responses to “Richmond 25-8 Cinderford”

  1. jono says:

    It looks like our fate is well and truely sealed with todays results although our result was a respectable one away to the league leaders,not only on the field but i think off the field has gone to the dogs for the following reasons
    1-theres more than one team at the club why dont the other senior sides get a write up in the papers or the website.
    2- why isnt there a team selection posted on a friday anymore isnt any one bothered or is it to much trouble!

  2. Roger Hawkes says:

    I totally agree with Jono.The club needs to keep up to date
    on the net site – not much info. forthcoming on any of the teams. Let the supporters know what’s going on.
    The match reports seem a copy of the local press, not a club official giving his view.
    Unless a miracle happens. we need to be planning ahead for life in Div. 2.
    That means not shedding good loyal players who have proved their worth & only signing new ones that have the ability to make there mark.
    Lets face it, signing 30 yo plus players or young academy players, with no experience in the hope of survival, ain’t the way forward.
    All credit to the club getting into Div. 1, but have we the recourses to live in this division?

  3. mike says:

    Yes I sympathise with the comments above perhaps all the efforts have been pushed towards keeping the firsts up with that seemingly a lost cause we must build for next year get the commitment from the players for next season and get someone onboard that can let everyone know what’s going on

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