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2nd XV - Match centre

Frome II
Melksham II
J Barraclough  (2), S Elliott, S Randall, B Tiley, J Harding, J Milton, L Thomas
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J Spencer (4)
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Sat 17 Feb 14:30 - South West Division - Dorset & Wilts 2 North

Frome RFC 2nd 48 - 26 Melksham RFC 2nd

Frome RFC 2nd XV welcomed Melksham RFC 2nd XV to Gypsy Lane on Saturday...

Frome RFC looked to continue their good run of form when they welcomed Wiltshire side Melksham RFC 2nd to Gypsy Lane on Saturday and it was the visitors that got off to the better start with some strong carries from their Forwards and their Backs showing the pace that would cause trouble for Frome all game.

As always Frome's mobile pack caused trouble for the visitors with lots of strong running and quick ball resulting in Stuart Elliott and Jason Barraclough going over for their first tries. Both conversions missed by Fullback John Spencer who had an uncharacteristic bad day with the boot.

Frome then went a man down after the referee believed to have seen a punch showed a red card to Prop Gordon Grierson, despite disbelief by the Frome and Melksham players. The visiting player later speaking to the referee and said as much which is a great sign of sportsmanship and integrity.

Frome RFC 2nd v Melksham RFC 2nd
42 photos

The game ebbed and flowed with Frome's defence holding well against some strong attacks whilst picking up another 2 scores from Stevan Randall with a burst of power and pace from the Scrum to go over from 5 metres out. Barraclough got another from good forwards play as he received a short pass from the hard working Owen Davies to power over with a majestic dive.

Melksham got back with a try and conversion after taking advantage of some quick ball and their back linecut through the midfield to score under the posts.

A response was immediate as Frome scored from the first attack after the kick off and quick hands from Fly Half Luc Thomas to Captain Garrie Webster who offloaded to Ben Tiley for him to show great pace and pass the cover defence for a try under the posts.

The Second Half had Frome defending for large periods with Melksham taking advantage of their extra man and attacking Frome's stretched defence outside and their Winger completing a Hat trick of tries.

Frome showed the resolve and team spirit that has seen them climb the table to pressure the top 2 teams by picking up further scores from Winger Jordon Harding, Flanker James Milton from a quick tap penalty catching a sleeping defence and Fly Half Luc Thomas scoring after Prop Dom Granville blazed a trail down the wing only to be caught by a last gasp tackle but showed great awareness to offload in contact to the supporting Fly Half.

Final Score: Frome RFC 2nd 48 - 26 Melksham RFC 2nd
Man of the Match: Stuart Elliott

We caught up with Captain Webster after who commented "I'm very happy with the teams grit to pull off a great win despite being a man down and would like to give thanks to the large crowd that cheered them on."

This win keeps the promotion race alive with 1st and 2nd placed teams swapping places after Calne lost and will be hosting Frome RFC 2nds in 2 weeks in what will be the last away game of the season for Webster's men.

Stuart Elliott

Player of the Match

Stuart Elliott

Key moments

5:00
Try Jason Barraclough scores for Frome II
10:00
Try Stuart Elliott scores for Frome II
20:00
Try Stevan Randall scores for Frome II
25:00
Try Jason Barraclough scores for Frome II
25:00
Conversion John Spencer kicks a conversion for Frome II
35:00
Try Try for Melksham II
35:00
Conversion Conversion for Melksham II
38:00
Try Ben Tiley scores for Frome II
38:00
Conversion John Spencer kicks a conversion for Frome II
45:00
Try Try for Melksham II
45:00
Conversion Conversion for Melksham II
55:00
Conversion Conversion for Melksham II
55:00
Try Try for Melksham II
65:00
Try Try for Melksham II
65:00
Conversion Conversion for Melksham II
68:00
Conversion John Spencer kicks a conversion for Frome II
68:00
Try Jordan Harding scores for Frome II
75:00
Try James Milton scores for Frome II
75:00
Conversion John Spencer kicks a conversion for Frome II
78:00
Try Luc Thomas scores for Frome II

Videos and photos

Frome RFC 2nd v Melksham RFC 2nd
42 photos

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Stuart Elliott is awarded player of the match for Frome II
78:00 Try 48 - 28
Luc Thomas scores for Frome II
75:00 Try 41 - 28
James Milton scores for Frome II
75:00 Conversion 43 - 28
John Spencer kicks a conversion for Frome II
68:00 Conversion 31 - 28
John Spencer kicks a conversion for Frome II
68:00 Try 36 - 28
Jordan Harding scores for Frome II
65:00 Try 29 - 26
Try for Melksham II
65:00 Conversion 29 - 28
Conversion for Melksham II
55:00 Conversion 29 - 16
Conversion for Melksham II
55:00 Try 29 - 21
Try for Melksham II
45:00 Conversion 29 - 14
Conversion for Melksham II
45:00 Try 29 - 12
Try for Melksham II
End of period 1
38:00 Try 27 - 7
Ben Tiley scores for Frome II
38:00 Conversion 29 - 7
John Spencer kicks a conversion for Frome II
35:00 Conversion 22 - 2
Conversion for Melksham II
35:00 Try 22 - 7
Try for Melksham II
25:00 Try 20 - 0
Jason Barraclough scores for Frome II
25:00 Conversion 22 - 0
John Spencer kicks a conversion for Frome II
20:00 Try 15 - 0
Stevan Randall scores for Frome II
15:00 Red Card
Gordon Grierson is sent off for Frome II
10:00 Try 10 - 0
Stuart Elliott scores for Frome II
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Jason Barraclough scores for Frome II
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Frome II
  • Melksham II
  • 0
  • Jason Barraclough Try 5:00'
  • Stuart Elliott Try 10:00'
  • Gordon Grierson Red Card 15:00'
  • Stevan Randall Try 20:00'
  • Jason Barraclough Try 25:00'
  • John Spencer Conversion 25:00'
  • Try 35:00'
  • Conversion 35:00'
  • Ben Tiley Try 38:00'
  • John Spencer Conversion 38:00'
  • Try 45:00'
  • Conversion 45:00'
  • Try 55:00'
  • Conversion 55:00'
  • Try 65:00'
  • Conversion 65:00'
  • Jordan Harding Try 68:00'
  • John Spencer Conversion 68:00'
  • James Milton Try 75:00'
  • John Spencer Conversion 75:00'
  • Luc Thomas Try 78:00'

Team selection

Spencer, John Spencer, John
Harding, Jordan Harding, Jordan
Randall, Stevan Randall, Stevan
Webster, Garrie Webster, Garrie
Tiley, Ben Tiley, Ben
Thomas, Luc Thomas, Luc
Talbot, Jordon Talbot, Jordon
Elliott, Stuart Elliott, Stuart
Regler, Mark Regler, Mark
Milton, James Milton, James
Rivers, Jon Rivers, Jon
Davies, Owen Davies, Owen
Barraclough , Jason Barraclough , Jason
Granville, Dominic Granville, Dominic
Grierson, Gordon Grierson, Gordon

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Sutton Benger 22 99
2. Calne 22 92
3. Frome II 22 88
4. Swindon College Old Boys II 22 75
5. Alfred's Nomads 22 75
6. Westbury 22 48
7. Devizes II 22 37

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