MATCH REPORT: Cinderford 3 – Rosslyn Park 8

By Warren Muggleton

Hugo Ellis’ driving maul secured a battling 8-3 win for Rosslyn Park against Cinderford at a muddy Beavis Memorial Ground.

Saturday 14 December 2019
Cinderford 3-8 Rosslyn Park

Hugo Ellis’ driving maul secured a battling 8-3 win for Rosslyn Park against Cinderford at a muddy Beavis Memorial Ground.

Craig Holland’s penalty drew the London side level after James Butler’s kick before changing gear, ending their 2019 travels with a narrow win.

It was a first 20 minutes defined by errors, with four lineout losses between the teams. But the home side got the first break, a hand in the scrum allowing Butler to kick a penalty from the 22-metre line.
Park, though, had a response within three minutes as Holland grabbed three points back with his own kick from the same position. The Foresters nearly threatened the try line with eight minutes to go with a scrum but were judged to be moving sideways.

Kieran Power’s boys came out firing for the second half, attacking Cinderford’s back line early with deep runs. And they were rewarded on 50 minutes, captain Ellis being driven over the line for the first – and only – try of the game.

The visitors kicked on from there, cutting down the error count as the Foresters continued in the same way. Tom Vaughan-Edwards worked brilliantly with Gregor Gillanders to communicate the set piece while Dan Laventure snapped at the Foresters’ line constantly.

Despite some late possession, the home side never threatened as winger Ed Bogue was pushed out on the whistle.

Penalties: Butler 25
Sin Bins:
Team (15-9/1-8): Ed Sheldon; Sam Smith, Terence Babarinsa (Will Mansfield 63), Jack Hayes ©, Ed Bogue; James Butler (Danny Pointon 54), James Dean; Tim Brockett (Chris Bundy 78), Nathan Taylor (Matt Bennett 73), James Elliot; Tyler Jerrum (Joe Mullis 54), Dale Lemon; Matt Lane, Mat Gilbert, Harry Hone

Rosslyn Park
Tries: Ellis H 51
Penalties: Holland 28
Sin Bins:
Team (15-9/1-8): Henry Robinson; Nick Scott, Henry Cheeseman (Edwards 73), Joe Munro, Neville Edwards (Harry Leonard 59); Craig Holland, Jack Gash (Dave Lewis 53); Kyle Traynor, Tom Vaughan-Edwards, Paul Doran-Jones (Stewart Maguire 63); Jonathan Mills (Jack Barnard 59), Gregor Gillanders; Dan Laventure, Arthur Ellis, Hugo Ellis ©
Replacements: Owen Hughes

Attendance: 400
Referee: Adam Wookey
HT: 3-3
Star Man: Tom Vaughan-Edwards – Rosslyn Park


Bishop’s Stortford 26-19 Sale FC
Blackheath 25-31 Old Elthamians
Chinnor 37-27 Darlington Mowden Park
Cinderford 3-8 Rosslyn Park
Hull Ionians 10-59 Cambridge
Rams 44-14 Plymouth Albion
Richmond 39-10 Birmingham Moseley
Rotherham Titans 20-19 Canterbury

  • Richmond overtake Rosslyn Park at the top of National League 1 with the scoring bonus against Birmingham Moseley.
  • Park are joined on 54 points by Rams, with their scoring bonus putting them nearer the top.
  • Chinnor’s 10-point win over Darlington Mowden Park keeps them fourth but now have a four-point gap.
  • That comes from Old Elthamians, whose London derby win sees them climb from eighth to fifth.
  • They are joined on 46 points by Club and DMP, with the capital side staying put as the most northern side in the league drop to seventh.
    Cinderford’s home loss to Park puts them down to eighth, three points off the top seven but with a game in hand.
  • Bishop’s Stortford leapfrog Sale to ninth, pushing them down to 11th while Plymouth Albion’s crushing loss to Rams puts them 10th.
    Cambridge’s bonus-point win over Hull Ionians takes them one place further away from the relegation zone, Moseley swapping with them to 13th.
  • Rotherham Titans, Ionians and Canterbury remain the bottom sides in that order but the former Championship’s distance to safety is cut to eight points.
  • The bottom side got a losing bonus at Clifton Lane, putting them only two points behind Ionians.

Old Elthamians preview

Park begin the second half of the season with their fourth London derby of the campaign, welcoming Old Elthamians to the Rock.

The College Meadow side held off capital rivals Blackheath to win 31-25 on the road.

Power’s boys will hope for a repeat of the last match-up between the teams at the Rock, a 37-24 win in September 2018.

Watch all the tries from Park's 30-24 win at College Meadow in September here.