Frome RFC 1st 26 - 8 Walcot RFC 1st
Frome RFC 1st welcomed Bath based Walcot RFC 1st to Gypsy Lane on Saturday....
In front of a large crowd of VP's and guests Frome RFC looked to build on the previous weeks wins and started strongly from the outset. Dominating the early exchanges with both the Forwards and Backs carrying hard, the early endeavours were rewarded when after a penalty to the corner Hooker Will Button was driven over the line for the first points of the day.
The home side continued to apply pressure and increased the lead to 12 points when the Frome pack put pressure on the visitors at a 5 meter scrum and the opposition being penalised for collapsing the referee awarded a penalty try. Walcot looked threatening when they had ball in hand and following a rare visit to Frome territory got on the score sheet with a penalty after an infringement at the breakdown.
Frome replied well and continued to dominate with the back line causing lots of trouble all day for the Bath based side notably Inside Centre and Man of the Match Mike Rutt. With half time rapidly approaching the home crowd would see more points for the men in red, white and black when Flanker Robert James crossed over from close range.
Following the half time break the visitors were the first to get on the scoreboard with a try in the corner by the Walcot winger. Frome continued to press forward and were rewarded with another try between the posts by Second Row James Howard which was duly converted by Dan Arbury. Frome spent the remainder of the match in control but the Walcot defence held strong on the home side were unable to add to their tally despite a number of close calls.
Final Score: Frome RFC 1st 26 - 8 Walcot RFC 1st
Frome RFC Head Coach Toby Culff commented "This certainly wasn't a vintage performance and we struggled to find our rhythm, especially in the early stages. However, we eventually got into gear and we dominated the first half, despite not being at our best. We also started the 2nd half slowly and it was disappointing to concede soft penalties, possession and ultimately a very avoidable try. That said, I never felt the result was in question and we were worthy winners. It's a mark of how far this group of players has come that they were frustrated with their day's work, even though the scoreline was such a convincing one. They've set themselves high standards this season, which is to be admired, but they must also remember to enjoy their victories. In patches, they again played some superb rugby, and to win three games in a row is a creditable achievement. The team should feel excited and confident about the next tranche of fixtures, which begins on the 20th with a tricky away fixture against local rivals Bradford-on-Avon."
Frome RFC 1st sit 3rd in Southern Counties South and have a weekend off this week with a gap in the league fixtures and are next in action when they travel to newly promoted Bradford on Avon RFC 1st who are currently sitting in 12th at the bottom of the table.