Trowbridge RFC 1st 41 - 24 Frome RFC 1st
The 1st XV travelled to league leaders Trowbridge RFC 1st on Saturday...
The Frome RFC 1st XV made the short trip into Wiltshire on Saturday to take on league leaders Trowbridge RFC 1st.
It was the home side who dominated large parts of the first half with their pack and backline showcasing why the sit top of Southern Counties South and after multiple Trowbridge scores Frome found themselves behind. It was Frome's Inside Centre Ali Frost who would add the visitors for points of the day following some tight phases pushing into the Trowbridge 22 he was able to crash over with James Howard adding the extras. However Trowbridge were able to score again shortly after the kick off.
Frome would then put together some great sets of play in attack gaining valuable yards as well as strong defence. It was one of the attacks when Fly Half Garrie Webster made a superb break through the defence to offload to the supporting Scrum Half John Benstead who sped over to score, Howard adding the extras. With the Second Half kicking off Frome began to find there form and with strong carries and quick phases from the visiting Forwards, Frome were now dominating the Scrum and were awarded a penalty from this. It was late into the Second Half when Centre Frost crossed over for Frome's third try with a great line cutting back in and scoring.
Trowbridge continued to show how deadly they can be from across the park and crossed the Frome line again following some strong runs and carries.
With the clock ticking down Frome had left it too late for the win but knowing a potential bonus point was available Frome were setting up another attack on the home sides try line. John Benstead orchestrated well at Scrum Half and put in a great pop pass to Prop Elliott Bowler who bulldozed his way over to secure the bonus point for Frome.
Final Score: Trowbridge RFC 1st 41 - 24 Frome RFC 1st
Frome RFC Head Coach Toby Culff commented "Trowbridge's position at the top of the table is no fluke so this was a great test for us, and of our progress, against the toughest opposition in the league. What we proved, yet again, was that we're capable of competing with the league's best, but that we're fractionally behind in terms of physicality, consistency and execution. Also, we continue to struggle with our accuracy and intensity, particularly in defence, at the very start of games. As happened to us at 2nd-placed Marlborough RFC a few weeks ago, we fell substantially behind in the first quarter of an hour, and we left ourselves too much to do. That said, we should be enormously proud and encouraged that, for the majority of the match, we were again the better side. It's a sign of this team's determination and character that they never gave up."
He added "Until we can play with the necessary concentration and tempo for the full 80 minutes, however, this dominance won't be reflected in our results. Nor will it show in the league table. That's the challenge for our young and developing team. Their ability and their spirit cannot be questioned. With two games left this season, our immediate focus is to deliver two complete performances and to conclude this year's campaign on a high. Please come to support us next Saturday, 14th April, for our final home game against perennial local rivals, Walcot."