Frome RFC 1st 31 - 12 Walcot RFC 1st
The 1st XV welcomed Walcot RFC to a sunny Gypsy Lane in their last home fixture of the season.
Frome welcomed Walcot RFC 1st to Gypsy Lane on Saturday, with a large crowd for the last home game of the season.
Frome has prepared well during the week and started strongly from the kick off and were able to put the visitors under pressure from the off.
An infringement at the breakdown in the mid field resulted in a home penalty which was kicked to the corner by Fly Half Simon Westlake, a superb training ground move between the Forwards from the lineout and the backline resulted in Outside Centre Ali Frost who cut a line back inside to crash over for an unconverted try. (5-0)
The home side continued to dominate from the restart and after a line break by Prop Elliott Bowler he was able to off load to Frost who scored his second try which was converted by Westlake. (12-0)
Some good phase play led to Frome and Frosts third try when the Centre broke the defensive line in the midfield and stormed over for a converted try. (19-0)
Frome were dealt a blow when Winger Campbell Taylor was deemed to have deliberately knocked and spent the remainder of the half in the sun bin. The Frome onslaught was briefly stalled when a ball was knocked on in front of the posts and Walcot broke away to score against the run of play with their ever threatening backline. (19-5) and the halftime whistle was blown.
Half Time: Frome RFC 1st 19-5 Walcot RFC 1st
The second half continued in a similar vein and after further pressure with Forwards Rob James, Alex Mallon and Ross Toten carrying hard an opportunity was created with Inside Centre Garrie Webster running a superb line to score under the posts to extend Frome lead and secure the bonus point. (24-5)
Walcot came into the game and reduced the arrears when they scored a converted try after some good movement and plays from the backline. (24-12)
However Frome pressed forward and the game plan that had seen them dominate earlier was back and seeing some barn storming runs from Hooker Will Button and Cameron Hastie got the side onto some good territory and the icing on the cake when Prop Geoff Taylor broke through the visitors defence and danced his way through multiple would be tacklers to score under the posts and complete the victory. Simon Westlake converting. (31-12)
Final Score: Frome RFC 1st 31 - 12 Walcot RFC 1st
Head Coach Toby Culff commented “In front of their families, a good crowd and the Frome RFC VPs, the players were eager to mark our last home fixture of the season with a win and, just as importantly, a performance which demonstrated to those in attendance, and to themselves, the vast progress they've made together and the cracking rugby they're capable of playing. Though they were frustrated with elements of their performance, they should reflect on a job well done. In patches, they were unstoppable - powerful, well organised, disciplined, efficient and aggressive - and they fully deserved their five tries and the bonus point victory. They can and will play even better in the future, and they're on the cusp of something great. They must be patient and they should be proud of themselves.”
Frome RFC 1st Play their last game of the season on Saturday when they make the short trip to Corsham RFC 1st.
Photos by Mark Sangster