Frome RFC 1st 20 - 13 Devizes RFC 1st
Frome welcomed Devizes in an evenly matched contest at Gypsy Lane on Saturday...
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Frome RFC 1st 20 - 13 Devizes RFC 1st
After last weeks disappointing game away at Blandford RFC, Frome were searching for a much needed win to get themselves back into the top half of the table. Having played Devizes earlier in the season away and losing by 2pts, Frome knew that with the preparation during the week they had a great chance of the home win in front of the large crowd.
The visitors applied pressure early on kicking off down the slight slope, but a resolute Frome defence held the attacks at bay until indiscipline at the breakdown gave the Devizes a penalty which they duly converted by the FlyHalf. (0-3)
From the restart Frome came into the game with strong forward running orchestrated by Scrum Half John Benstead and Fly Half Matt King and we're awarded a penalty themselves following an infringement at the breakdown which James Howard slotted. (3-3) Shortly after the home side were reduced to 14 men at the 20 minute marker with Fly Half King a yellow card.
The home side pack continued to dominate at the set piece with No.8 Alex Mallon making multiple yards from the base of the Scrum and gained further reward when they were awarded a Penalty Try after an infringement at a 5 metre scrum. (10-3)
Half Time: Frome RFC 1st 10 - 3 Devizes RFC 1st
With Frome constantly applying the pressure Devizes infringed again and a Howard penalty early in the second half increased the Frome lead to 13-3. (13-3) Frome continued to press and looked to spread the ball wide through the backline but a wayward pass on the visitors 5 metre line allowed the Devizes Fullback to run the length of the pitch to score in the corner, the kick going wide. (13-8)
Devizes, with their tales up now exerted pressure and scored another unconverted try wide to level the scores, the FlyHalf missing the conversion. (13-13) However with time running out the dominating Frome forwards pressured the opposition line and after a series of scrums close to the line James Howard crashed over to score the match winning try, protest from the Devizes Scrum Half saw the referee issue a yellow card and Howard converted his try with ease. (20-13)
Final Score: Frome RFC 1st 20 - 13 Devizes RFC 1st
Man of the match went to Scrum Half John Benstead for his tireless work effort around the field.
Frome RFC Head Coach Toby Culff commented "We've had a couple of hugely disappointing weeks, with back-to-back losses against teams who, with respect, we ought to have beaten. This is a very honest and hard-working group of players, and they were completely dissatisfied with the standard of their performances. We were desperate, therefore, to put in an improved showing this week."
Culff commented further "We started the game with masses of energy and passion, but we made a lot of unforced errors in the early stages. Perhaps we were too eager. However, we found our rhythm as the first half progressed and we grew in confidence and belief. The intensity in both attack and defence was superb - so much better than for the last two weeks - and the passion and physicality with which the team played was enthralling and inspiring to watch. A few mistakes in the last quarter enabled Devizes to fight back, but we were relentless and unstoppable in the last few minutes. Nothing was going to keep us out. I am incredibly proud of the players and, though the performance was by no means a perfect one, they demonstrated significant improvement in some key areas. Most of all, they played with phenomenal energy, determination and desire, and they fully deserved this hard fought victory. We're looking forward to next weekend. "
Next week Frome RFC 1st travel to Swindon College Old Boys RFC 1st, who lost out heavily to Trowbridge RFC 1st at the weekend. Frome hosted Swindon College Old Boys earlier in the season running out 27 - 17 winners, but know another tight game is on the cards.