Cinderford RFC: Foresters hit back in emphatic style
CINDERFORD 52 FYLDE 19
CINDERFORD provided the perfect response to their largest defeat of the National One season by racking up their biggest win of the campaign.
After Richmond put a half century on the Foresters last week, Andy Deacon’s men answered back in emphatic style with a seven-try win of their own.
The defence was solid and the attack was varied with all of the basics being perfectly executed by a rampaging pack that provided plenty of go forward ball.
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Home fly-half Mark Davies gave his side the perfect start with a simple penalty from 30 metres after three minutes for a 3-0 lead.
Davies then sent consecutive penalties to the corner seven minutes later with number eight George Evans held up over the line.
But from the scrum Evans was first denied before tight-head prop Nick Selway smashed over on ten minutes and Davies converted.
The visitors punctured the Cinderford pressure two minutes later when wing Ben Rath danced his way through a big hole in midfield and scrum-half Ryan De La Harpe converted.
Order was restored two minutes later when Davies’ long pass released full-back Mike Wilcox and his brilliant behind-the-back pass to wing Nev Codlin sent him over and Davies converted.
Lock Ben West then snatched a lineout in the Fylde 22 after a great Wilcox grubber and the pack drove over but they were held up again.
Evans peeled off again before being rebuffed only for second row Ed King to pick up and dive over on 26 minutes with Davies on target again for 24-7.
The bonus point arrived just before half-time when Evans was bundled into touch in the corner but the visitors made a mess of the lineout behind their own line.
From the five-metre scrum Evans smashed through again with the pack driving over and blindside Luke Allen emerging with the ball with Davies’ kick making it 31-7.
The half was tarnished just before the whistle when a 30-man brawl erupted with yellow cards dished out for Fylde lock Paul Arnold and Cinderford’s Selway.
Prop Joe Smart gave Cinderford the perfect restart following Davies’ crossfield kick to wing Lloyd Stapleton, when play opened up and Davies sent Smart under the posts before improving it.
But Fylde scored twice in two minutes when quick wing Oliver Brennand burst 60 metres on 55 minutes and offloaded for fly-half Richard Kenyon to score with replacement Chris Johnson unsuccessful.
Brennand was then provider again when he worked his magic in midfield and released blindside Ben Vernon to sprint for the corner on 57 minutes and Johnson made it 38-19.
After Davies hit the post with a penalty on the hour, Stapleton grabbed an interception try after Brennand tried to wriggle his way out of his 22 and Davies converted.
The half century was brought up when Kenyon was shown a yellow card on 73 minutes and from the penalty the pack drove over with replacement Stu Bailey scoring and Davies improved.
CINDERFORD: M Wilcox (Hawley, 71); N Codlin, J Adams, D Scourfield, L Stapleton; M Davies, D Pointon; J Smart, T Bozzard (Bailey, 75), N Selway (Bundy, 60); B West, E King (Critchley, 70); L Allen, W Foden (Langley, 54), G Evans. Replacements: S Hawley, C Bundy, S Bailey, D Critchley, R Langley.
FYLDE: C Briers; B Rath, S Briers, M Waywell (Johnson, 50), O Brennand; R Kenyon, R La De Harpe (Wallwork, 70); D Birchall, T Burtonwood, S Griffiths (Thompson, 54); P Arnold, R Banks; R Stewart, B Vernon, S Beaumont. Replacements: P Altham, C Thompson, G Rawlings, M Wallwork, C Johnson.