Cinderford RFC 52-24 Burnham-on-Sea RFC

BURNHAM-on-Sea RFC faced a difficult match in the Counties 1 Tribute Western North at the weekend as they took on top of the table Cinderford.

It was the hosts who ran out eventual winners after a highly contested affair between two of the best teams in the competition.

Cinderford maintained their place at the top of Counties 1 Tribute Western North with a solid performance against a decent Burnham-on-Sea team.

There was first team debuts for three of the Burnham players; Rich Willis, Jordyn Watkins and Matt Dyson all made their first start.

Joe Langbridge scored Cinderford’s opening try when he kicked ahead and won the chase to touchdown, then George Gladding handed off a couple of attempted tackles to a second unconverted try.

Burnham reduced the deficit with a converted try before Sam Baker was driven over for his first try, which Langbridge converted.

The visitors responded with a penalty, then Baker grabbed his second again converted by Langbridge, but once again the visitors scored a converted try to make it 24-17 at the interval.

Langbridge converted Baker’s ‘hat-trick’ try early in the second half and then intercepted near his own line and raced clear for his second, which he also converted.

Second-row Harvey Dickenson was next to score for Cinderford, before the visitor’s went over for their third try.

The scoring was completed when Dan Kibble created the space to put Dan Pointon over for his team’s eighth try, with Langbridge once again adding the extras.