AFTER Cinderford secured National One safety by the skin of their teeth on Saturday, Jack Adams is reflecting on the season with mixed emotions.
In the 201st competitive game of his career, the centre was the star of the horror show against Rosslyn Park in Barnes, where Cinderford leaked eight tries and lost 52-17.
But Adams’ antics in the second half, which included scoring two tries and setting up the other, saw the Foresters fight back from a 31-0 half-time deficit and almost secure a try-scoring bonus point.
Despite the defeat, the 27-year-old was elated when he realised Henley Hawks had drawn 14-14 with Tynedale and would face the drop instead, with Cinderford one point better off in 13th of 16.
This means it is now very unlikely that Cinderford will have to play the rearranged home fixture against Wharfedale this Saturday (2.30pm).
Adams can take personal satisfaction from the season, after scoring 10 tries, although he knows Cinderford must learn lessons from the losses this term.
He said: “I am happy with this season.
“Everyone can improve, I can improve. It’s one of those things you work on week on week.
“But I’m happy, I scored more tries than before – Nev (Codlin, winger) will be pleased to know I have scored the same number as him!
“I played every game I could and hopefully the team will think I have added a lot to the squad this year.
“We have a notoriously good second half of the season but that didn’t show this year and we relied on it too much.
“We started off well and then slacked off. Lessons would be we can’t slack off early on. Yes, we had injuries which did hinder us a little bit but that’s just one of those things.
“We can’t really talk about what we learned this year as a whole because it’s been about taking each game on its own. Every game has been different from the week before and the week after.
“Lessons have been learnt, yes but we can move on from this season with high hopes.”