Glory day for Cin­der­ford af­ter stun­ning fightback

The Rugby Paper - - National League 1 - By JOHN MALLON

CIN­DER­FORD boss Paul Mor­ris said he was in awe at his side’s sec­ond-half per­for­mance as they came from 31-5 down.

Caldy had the wind in their favour in the first half and kept Cin­der­ford in their fi­nal third.

Cin­der­ford did well in the open­ing min­utes but could not stop Caldy’s Nyle David­son cross­ing for the open­ing try. Caldy pres­surised again from the kick-off and good han­dling from Ben Jones split the de­fence to score.

Within sec­onds, the Cin­der­ford de­fence were un­able to stop Jones, who ran in for a sec­ond try. Royle then ran in for his sec­ond of the af­ter­noon, se­cur­ing a bonus point.

How­ever, two min­utes later Caldy's de­fence was caught nap­ping al­low­ing Sam Smith to run in to score in Cin­der­ford's only at­tack of the half in what was a piv­otal point.

Cin­der­ford came out fir­ing in the sec­ond half with cap­tain Ge­orge Porter scor­ing to re­duce the lead within four min­utes.

Cin­der­ford’s half-time sub­sti­tute Nathan Tay­lor fin­ished a fab­u­lous move to score an­other which seemed to lift the vis­i­tors.

From an­other poor li­ne­out, Cin­der­ford were in again. This time, it was re­place­ment Tom Heard who scored just af­ter the hour to start a sev­en­minute try frenzy. Ar­ron Ryan lev­elled the scores and Ge­orge Boul­ton scored the win­ning try with ten min­utes re­main­ing.

A ju­bi­lant Mor­ris said: “The wind had a huge ef­fect on the game. I thought Caldy were out­stand­ing in the first half.

“At 26-0 they looked like they were go­ing to score every time they had the ball. It’s a hard place to be

at half-time – 31-5 is a big hole to be in.

“Ul­ti­mately, scor­ing that try into the wind in the first half was the fac­tor.

“To score 33 points to nil in the sec­ond half, I’m ut­terly in awe of my play­ers.

“There was a lot said at half-time and a lot of it’s pri­vate.

“We asked them to look in­side them­selves.

“We be­lieve we have some­thing spe­cial in our club and I think we con­clu- sively showed that in the sec­ond half.”

A de­flated Si­mon Ver­bickas was mea­sured de­spite the de­mor­al­is­ing de­feat.

“I’ve been in­volved in quite a few crazy games, but I’ve never seen a game change so much from one side to an­other,” he ad­mit­ted.

“That’s the good thing about rugby. One minute you can be win­ning and the next it changes com­pletely. was a mas­sive game of con­trast­ing halves.

“I don’t think we ex­ited as well as we should have done and, in­stead of keep­ing hold of the ball, we just kept turn­ing it over to them quite cheaply.

“So, at the end of the day they de­served to win and we didn’t.

“As long as we learn from it, it’s not the end of the world.

“It won’t have been for noth­ing.”

PIC­TURES: Gareth Lyons

Comeback com­plete: Ge­orge Boul­ton scores the match­win­ning try for Cin­der­ford

Pushed back: Luke Hib­berd is stopped by strong Cin­der­ford de­fence

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