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Bury St Edmunds
Cinderford
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South Full time Attendance 623

Bury push the Champions all the way in a thriller!

Cinderford clinched the N2 South title but for an hour it looked an unlikely victory as the hosts led 19 – 5!

Bury St Edmunds 19 Cinderford 24.
Cinderford clinched the N2 South title but for an hour it looked an unlikely victory as the hosts led 19 – 5!
However the patience, power and experience of the men from the Forest of Dean won through as they first levelled and then took a decisive lead with 6 minutes to go.
A bumper crowd on a balmy spring day saw two sides slug it out in the first half. Cinderford arrived needing just 3 points for the title but met a Bury side determined to make them fight for every single one of them.
Both sides showed commendable enterprise, perhaps surprisingly from the visitors as many expected it to be a battle of the Bury threequarters versus the power of the Forrester’s scrum. Winchle caused Bury problems in the midfield whilst Honey kicked tactically to keep turning the bigger side around. An intense first half finished 5 points a piece as Taylors 20th minute score, virtue of close range driving maul was cancelled out by Kohlers fine effort after Bury had camped in the visiting 22 until the space appeared.
Many in the 600 plus crowd were hoping Bury could live with their loftier opponents in the second half, it had been an intense first half but how much had it taken out of the Wolfpack? As it transpired, most were amazed to see Bury score two quick tries in succession to rock the visitors.
Cinderford had begun the half in control, mixing up the play nicely but struggling to break down a determined defence. Bury had rattled the visitors and mistakes crept in. Bury seized on this and after 53 minutes Will Scholes accepted an inside pass to race in almost unchallenged from 30 metres. Honey converted and before the crowd had time to settle, McBride was touching down in the corner after once again King and Kohler had carried the ball well to send their skipper bursting through the tiniest of gaps. When Honey landed the kick from the touchline the noise was deafening and the scoreboard showed 19 – 5!
A raucous Haberden crowd was revelling in the Champions elect losing by two scores, but the sign of a good team is that they don’t panic!
Cinderford kept control of the ball, attacked at pace when they needed and slowly but surely ground down a tiring Bury defence. Evans rumbled over from close range after a period of forward pressure. Crucially in the build up to the try Kohler was yellow carded for a tip tackle and the 14 men were made to pay.
Cinderford looked to take advantage but Bury despite being a man down refused to bend. Bixby as always worked tirelessly at the break down, whilst Tristan King had a storming game carrying the ball into contact against men seemingly twice his size!
The clock was beginning to run down but Cinderford remained calm, went to strength and won a penalty at a strong scrum. The penalty was kicked to the corner and although Bury stopped the initials drives, an outnumbered defence could not prevent substitute Barbarinsa winning the race to Moffatts clever kick through. Moffat’s extras levelled the scores on 68 minutes setting up a grandstand finish.
When it mattered most it was Cinderford who kept their heads…Bury blew two promising attacking opportunities before Cinderford’s controlled attack earned them territory and then with a penalty advantage Moffats long pass picked out Lane all alone on the right wing to grab the championship winning try!
The Home crowd could not have asked for any more, they had seen a another outstanding and committed performance by the Bury side but once again they had come up agonisingly just short against the deserved title winners. Cinderford and their healthy number of supporters rightly celebrated both on and off the pitch a league record points haul is theirs and a deserved place in National 1 next season.
The challenge for Bury is to maintain the level of recent weeks performances in Kent next week versus TJ’s

Scores.
Bury
Tries. Kohler (37) Scholes (53) McBride (56)
Cons Honey 2
Cinderford
Tries Taylor (20) Evans (61) Barbarinsa (68) Lane (74)
Cons Moffat 2
Star Man Tristan King.
Attendance 623

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