Cinderford RFC: High-riding Foresters hit sorry Macclesfield for six
SOLID Cinderford continued their best-ever National One start with a third bonus-point win in their opening four matches.
The six-try Dockham Road success over winless Macclesfield kept them undefeated and second behind Ealing, with a tough long trip to Tynedale next.
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It is a measure of how the team have progressed since their 2008 debuts in English rugby's third tier that rugby director Andy Deacon was unhappy at them not reaching a half century of points on Saturday.
The visitors began proceedings by kicking a fifth-minute penalty to touch and the resulting catch and drive let tight-head prop Martin Kent easily dive over, fly-half Tom Eaton adding the conversion.
It was the fourth rolling maul score the Foresters have conceded in two games, but they responded four minutes later when their blitz defence forced a knock-on at halfway.
Centre Jack Adams quickly scooped it up and broke clear, the chasing defender forcing him to pass inside to supporting wing Sam Caven for his first try in his first start.
Fly-half Mark Davies levelled the scores before captain Will Foden made a nuisance of himself at a halfway line ruck, forcing a turnover which was fired wide.
Adams straightened the line and released Lloyd Stapleton, who stepped inside the full-back for his fifth try in four games leaving Davies another easy conversion.
Turning around 14-7 at the break, Cinderford were happy to contain the away side's surges and break at pace but lost forwards Adam Nicholls and Dave McKee to injury.
After creating the first two tries, it was Adams' turn two minutes in when Davies stepped inside from five metres and sent the former Gloucester man over.
Davies extended the lead before the bonus point arrived on 49 after scrum-half Sam Arnott broke and replacement Stuart Bailey cut back against the grain before sending Foden in.
Davies maintained his 100 per cent display before number five was notched up on 57 minutes for fit-again full-back Mike Wilcox.
Centre Robbie Winchle intercepted in his half before the ball went swiftly through the hands of hooker Tom Bozzard and replacement Joe Garner before Wilcox eventually dotted down out wide.
Davies was off target but at 33-7 it was game over following the 15-minute three-try burst.
Macclesfield showed some fight when number eight David Marwick rolled off the back of a five-metre scrum to score on 65 minutes, but Eaton failed with the conversion attempt.
Cinderford replied three minutes later against some a tired defence when Arnott picked up from a ruck on Macclesfield's 22 and darted clear for a try, but Davies could not improve it.
With nine minutes left, Macclesfield centre Thomas Davenport broke the hosts' defence for one of the few times and sent midfield partner Elliott Brieley over, Eaton converting.
CINDERFORD: M Wilcox; S Caven, J Adams (Hawley 60), R Winchle, L Stapleton; M Davie, S Arnott; J Brooks, T Bozzard, N Selway (L Green 60); B West; D McKee (J Garner 25); A Nicholls (S Bailey 38), W Foden (capt), G Evans. Unused replacement: D Scourfield, N Codlin.
MACCLESFIELD: M O'Reagen; E Stobart, E Brieley, T Davenport, J Fowles; T Eaton (J Longmore, 69), M Rhodes; T Mantell (S Moss, 50), D Blackwell (G Woods, 50), M Kent; A Marsh, M Owen; T Cruse (C Robby, 69), R Parkinson, D Marwick. Unused replacement: M Finnemore.