Yeovil RFC 1st 5 - 16 Frome RFC 1st
The Frome RFC 1st travelled to Yeovil RFC 1st on Saturday looking to continue their successful run of games....
The Frome RFC 1st travelled to Yeovil RFC 1st on Saturday looking to continue their successful run of games having won all games since the season opener where they lost narrowly against league leaders Sherborne RFC.
Frome started strongly and after a period of pressure in the Yeovil half were awarded a penalty for an infringement at the breakdown by the home side, James Howard was able to slot the kick easily between the posts. Yeovil's only points of the day came shortly after following a spell of pressure on the visitors line. Having lost a man to the sin bin for pulling down a maul Yeovil were able to capitalise on the extra man advantage to drive over for a try.
Unfortunately Frome RFC Captain John Benstead had to leave the field due to an injury to his shoulder and a move around in the backline saw Fullback and MOTM Daniel Arbury come into Scrum Half. The visitors were able to build on phase play and got themselves back into the opposition 22 before another penalty was awarded to Frome which was duly converted to give them a slender 6 -5 lead at half time.
Half Time Score: Yeovil RFC 1st 5 - 6 Frome RFC
Frome started strongly in the Second Half and with the Centre combination of Mike Rutt and Ali Frost causing all kinds of problems up the middle of the park. This allowed the Forwards to dominate and after a 20 phase move a fantastic tip off by Frome's Prop put Hooker Matt King in to score in the corner, the kick going just wide.
The Frome forwards continued to create chances and after another multi phase move Winger Rob Sully touched down in the corner, again the wind making the kick difficult and it went wide. A hard fought win which keeps Frome hard on the heels of league leaders Sherborne RFC who now sit just 6 points adrift.
Final Score: Yeovil RFC 1st 5 - 16 Frome RFC 1st
Head Coach Toby Culff commented "It feels as though we've been looking ahead to this game for a very long time. We were embarrassed by our 2nd performance against Yeovil last season and, with their strong start to the 2018/19 campaign, we were extremely motivated for this match between the 2nd and 3rd best teams in our league."
"We travelled with masses of confidence and a belief that, if we could execute our game plan, we would come home with the win. The team played with massive energy, intensity and commitment, and I felt that we were the better side throughout. We have unfortunately developed a worrying tendency to cough up possession, either through misjudged passes or ill-discipline, which interrupted our rhythm and, in my view, kept the match closer than it should have been. We could and should be scored at least 4 tries and come away with the bonus point."
"This is something which we must urgently attend to. When we looked after the ball and demonstrated some patience, however, we were outstanding from 1-18, and the players deserve enormous credit for once again rising to the big occasion. The pack were utterly dominant in the set piece and around the park, and our backs regularly went through or around the Yeovil defence with sharp hands and feet. This was a tremendous team performance which should further build our confidence, but tough challenges still lie ahead. We are fully focused on securing another victory this coming weekend against Grove. "
On Saturday Frome RFC 1st travel to Grove RFC 1st who sit in 8th in Wadwoth 6X Southern Counties South, a position that doesn't just there home performances however so Frome will have to be on point coming into this game.
Pictures by Martin Edwards (totallyfocused.co.uk)