Devizes RFC 1st 24 - 28 Frome RFC 1st
Frome travelled to Devizes on Saturday in what turned out to be a thriller!
Frome travelled to old foes Devizes RFC on Saturday looking to continue their good run of form. An always difficult encounter Frome knew they would have to be on top form to secure any chance of a win.
The visitors started well with strong show of dominance and bulldozing carries, but the solid home defence kept the men in red white and black at out. It was Devizes showed their attacking flair and get the first points of the day when after being awarded a penalty scored from a maul at close range. (5-0)
The Frome Forward continued to carry well in attack and gained valuable yards but another penalty meant Devizes could clear there lines, another long kick and strong maul the ball was played out wide and the home side Winger crossed over, this time the kick being added. (12-0)
The Devizes backline showed there constant threat again just before the half time break when the ball was played wide and the Centre went over near the posts, the kick being added. (19-0)
Half Time: Devizes RFC 1st 19 - 7 Frome RFC 1st
After regathering at the Half Time break it was Frome who came out the blocks firing and after multiple penalties by Devizes, Frome gained great field position to build on with Second Row Phil Meenan crashing over the line, James Howard added the extras. (19-7). Frome's resurgence was halted for some time following an injury to Devizes No.8 and the decision was made to move pitches (we wish the player a speedy recovery).
From the solid platform in the Scrums Frome were able to apply pressure and get back into the home sides half. The fantastic work from the Forward pack continued to gain yards and it was Second Row James Howard who was able to crash his way through and core, again adding the extras. (19-14)
A solid display in defence created a knock on by Devizes and Frome were able to hold possession and attack the line once more. It was Flanker Matt Smith who was able to go over from close range, Howard again hitting the target and adding the extras and Frome went ahead for the first time in the game) (19-21)
However the lead was short lived when the Devizes backline once again went wide and the Centre crashed over to score, the kick going wide. (24-21). The visitors regathered once again and the continued pressure paid off when Frome found themselves close to the line with Smith crashing over for his second try, Howard on fine kicking form added the extras.
Full Time: Devizes RFC 1st 24 - 28 Frome RFC 1st
Head Coach Toby Culff commented “Fixtures against Devizes are always to be looked forward to. They're a perennial adversary and the games are invariably extremely competitive and combative. We lost the away fixture last season by 2 points but we felt before Saturday's fixture, I think quite fairly, that we've made considerable progress since then. We felt confident, therefore, that we could demonstrate the improvement we've made and come home with an important victory. We started with great intensity and should have scored at least one early try. Devizes' defence was phenomenal, however, and they were clearly well prepared for a physical encounter. Once they'd ridden the early storm, they started to exert pressure of their own, and they were especially dangerous in broken field situations, particularly when we turned the ball over. They punished our indiscipline and attacked with great pace. They deserved their scores and their half-time advantage. We were massively disappointed with out first half performance but we knew that, even at 0-19 behind, the game could be won in the 2nd half. Like the week before against Corsham, we played with extraordinary patience and persistence in the closing stages. The players just wouldn't give up and this must rank as one of our best, most dramatic and most satisfying wins in recent years. The pack deserves enormous credit for its tireless work and its consistent power in the set piece, and our Man of the Match, Will Button, epitomised the fighting Frome spirit on the day. Well done, too, to our 2nd XV for another comprehensive victory.”
Huge credit must go to the home side Devizes for another bruising encounter. Man of the match went to Hooker Will Button. Frome sit comfortably in 2nd position of the Wadworth 6X Southern Counties South and look to keep pressure on top of the table Sherborne RFC when they welcome 9th place Dorchester RFC on November 17th.