Cinderford edged out by Esher in ten-try thriller
Esher just edged out Cinderford in an enthralling match of ten tries that went right down to the last play.
The visitors opened the scoring when Chris Elder went over for a try which Luke Daniels converted.
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Cinderford quickly responded when winger Nev Codlin crossed for a try which Mark Davies converted and this was quickly followed by an unconverted score from hooker Jack Preece to make it 12-7 after 11 minutes.
Two penalties for Esher from Daniels and one for Cinderford from Davies preceded the home team's third try, which was scored by second-row Ben West and converted by Davies.
Esher finished the first half strongly and after a series of scrums near the home line the referee awarded them a penalty try, which Daniels converted to make it 22-20 at the interval.
Davies landed his second penalty early in the second half but Esher responded with three-try burst which was to prove decisive.
First to score was scrum-half Andy Garner, who scrambled over in a corner.
This was soon followed by a superb individual try from full-back Charlie Walker who returned a kick inside his own 22 and race clear to touch down. Then prop Ollie Mines was driven over from a lineout catch and drive.
Daniels converted all three of the tries to maintain his 100 per cent kicking record.
At 41-25 behind the game looked beyond Cinderford but they staged a thrilling comeback in the final quarter. Winger Lloyd Stapleton went over in the corner following a cross-field kick from Davies, who also landed the conversion.
Then Rob Langley scored the home sides' fifth try, and they were help up over their opponents' try line when the referee blew the final whistle.
Cinderford RFC: M Wilcox, N Codlin, J Adams, D Scourfield (K Done 76), L Stapleton, M Davies, D Pointon, J Smart (C Bundy 66), J Preece (T Bozzard 60), N Selway, B West, E King (D Critchley 60), L Allen (W Foden 60), R Langley, J Garner.
Man of the match: Joe Garner