Pace hurts the Greens

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Cinderford extended their unbeaten home run with this hard-fought victory over a workmanlike Greens, with the home side’s pace and fluency through the half-backs being the difference between two combative teams.

Wharfedale’s bright opening was rewarded with a neat try by hooker Steve Graham.

Cinderford turned the match in their favour with three tries, two of them converted by Mark Davies, before the break.

A fantastic retrieving tackle at the line denied Dan Solomi a try and Wharfedale’s failure to recycle a score proved a major turning point as Cinderford ended the half with a fine try by Sam Cavern.

Wharfedale secured a foothold with a rare moment of attacking fluency finished by winger Simon Horsfall.

The Greens profited from sustained pressure up front resulting in both a yellow card to home hooker Woodward and a penalty try from a driving maul.

With a bonus point in the offing at 29-23 Cinderford sealed matters with an interception try picked off by centre Jack Adams which denied the Greens a point.