Grove RFC 1st 14 - 46 Frome RFC 1st
The Frome RFC 1st made the long journey to visit league newcomers Grove RFC 1st on Saturday...
The Frome RFC 1st made the long journey to visit league newcomers Grove RFC 1st on Saturday, an unknown side to Frome having not played them before Frome knew this away fixture could be a tough encounter with the mid table side.
Grove RFC started brightly determined to preserve there good home record, however it didn't take long for the visitors to get into the game and Frome started to exert pressure on the home side. After building a number of phases Frome were able to create space out wide for Fullback Daniel Arbury to score, the conversion was duly added by Man of the Match James Howard.
Frome continued to press towards the Grove try line and with both the Forward pack and Backline carrying hard created space out wide for Arbury to skip past the Fullback to score Frome’s second, the conversion being added.
Grove were awarded a penalty following the restart and despite stout Frome defence they were eventually able to cross the line to score a converted try. Frome responded immediately and with the Front Row dominating at the scrum were duly awarded a penalty which Howard slotted with ease.
Frome continued to dominate play and from a 5 metre scrum stand in Captain and No.8 Alex Mallon forced himself over to score an unconverted try. The visitors continued to press with Forwards Phil Meenan and Rob James carrying well to create space for Winger Calum Bonallo to score the bonus point try.
The first half scoring was completed when Fullback Arbury broke through to complete his hat trick the try was converted by Howard to give the visitors a 34-7 lead going into half time.
Half Time: Grove RFC 1st 7 - 37 Frome RFC 1st
Grove started strongly in the second half and with the aid of the strong wind at their backs kept Frome pegged back but solid Frome defence lead by Fly Half Dominic Jones held the home side at bay until Frome were reduced to 14 men following a high tackle and Grove were able to use the extra man to score a converted try.
Frome’s defence continued to hold and after they kicked a penalty to the corner Winger Rob Sully cut a great line towards the home sides posts but was stopped short. Scrum half Luc Thomas picked up from the base of the resultant ruck and popped the ball to Howard to dot down.
With time up on the clock Grove continued to press however a dropped ball in midfield was collected by Calum Bonallo to run 50 metres to score a try under the posts converted by Howard to complete a hard fought 46 -14 win.
Final Score: Grove RFC 1st 14 - 46 Frome RFC 1st
Head Coach Toby Culff commented "Despite their problems away from home this season, we knew that Grove would be a big challenge on their own grass. As expected, they were strong, physical and determined, and they played with shape and purpose. The Frome performance was simply too good and too powerful, however, and the result was never in doubt. The first half performance from Frome was probably as good as we've played all year, and to score 34 points in this period was extremely impressive. There were no fireworks; it was just highly efficient and precise rugby played by a team that rightly believes in itself. Some of the tries were out of the very top drawer and, though there are unquestionably elements of our game which still require significant improvement, this was a commanding performance. Full credit to the players for their preparation and concentration on the day. They were terrific. With one game left before Christmas, we're determined to finish the year on a high and we're incredibly excited about our next match at home against perennial rival, North Dorset, on 15th Dec. We'd like to urge all Frome rugby fans to turn up that day to support the team. It makes a massive difference".
This Saturday Frome RFC 1st welcome 9th place North Dorset RFC 1st to Gypsy Lane where they'll be playing in front of a packed house as we host our annual Players Reunion and VP's Lunch.