Thatcham RFC 1st 18 - 27 Frome RFC 1st
Frome made the long trip to league new comers Thatcham on Saturday....
On Saturday the Frome RFC 1st XV travelled to meet league new boys Thatcham RFC looking to build on the win against Swindon College Old Boys RFC early in the month.
The visitors started strongly with the Frome pack dominating the early exchanges with the Front Row combination of Will Button, Matt King and George Benstead and were able to build a platform for Scrum Half and Man of the Match Luc Thomas to dart over for the opening try.
The home side responded and reduced the deficit through a penalty after Frome were judged to have offended at the breakdown. Frome continued to press through the forwards and increased the lead when Winger Calum Bonallo broke through to touch down. With the end of the first half approaching Rob Sully broke through 3 tacklers to score in the corner.
Frome were happy to turn around 15-3 to the good however the home side started strongly and scored 2 tries to level the scores. However Frome regained the initiative with the forwards carrying hard and a break by Second Row James Howard set up a position under the posts and with a opportunity to cross over Scum Half Thomas sniped around the edge to score under the posts, the try duly converted by Captain John Benstead. A further penalty by the home side reduced the deficit but Frome completed the scoring when after slick handling by Centres Rutt and Frost put Winger Ben Tiley for an easy score in the corner.
Final Score: Thatcham RFC 1st 18 - 27 Frome RFC 1st
Frome RFC Head Coach Tony Culff commented “In my time working with the squad, we've not before strung two performances of this quality together in consecutive weeks. The team played with great composure, intensity and efficiency. Every player fulfilled his role with excellence. We allowed Thatcham back into the game during a brief slack period in the second half, but we created dozens of scoring opportunities and, as last week, the only disappointment is that we could and should have converted more. The challenge before the team now is to maintain the momentum and these high standards, and not to become at all complacent. Though we've a good recent record against Walcot, I'm expecting our fixture against them next Saturday to be an extremely demanding one. We can't afford to relax. Enormous credit goes to everyone who represented Frome RFC this weekend, and to the management and coaching staff who offer such critical support.”
On Saturday the 1st XV welcome Bath based Walcot RFC 1st to Gypsy Lane looking to continue this great run of form.