Frome RFC 2nd 64 - 0 Swindon RFC 2nd
Frome RFC 2nd welcomed Swindon RFC 2nd on Saturday....
Frome began the strongest of the two teams, with the game plan evidently carried over from training. Good pressure led to a penalty kick early on which Frome Fly Half Ben Eley kicking into the corner. A well worked catch and drive by Flanker Matt Smith led to Hooker Phil Clarke going over from close range.
At 10 minutes Swindon were struggling to get into the game and couldn’t contain the hard running and pace of the Frome attack. This resulted in Swindon conceding a penalty for a high tackle on Fullback Daniel Arbury. Phil Clarke thought quickest and tapped to go, but he was stopped just short of the line, however Smith was on hand to collect the ball and powered over with two defenders on him under the posts.
Good phase play, led by strong midfield carries by Centre Kurt Eckard resulted in quick thinking by Winger Steve Morris, who chipped the ball over the unsuspecting Swindon defence allowing Arbury to collect and go over in the corner.
The next try was a carbon copy of the first, with Swindon allowing Frome to kick into the corner and set and drive well. Prop Ricky Reeves led the charge at the lineout with Hooker Clarke breaking from the driving maul and dot down.
Just before half time a poor lineout by the visitors allowed the ball to fumble its way back to their fullback who, under intense pressure from the Frome defence, dotted the ball down over his own try line to allow Frome a 5 metre scrum. From the scrum No.8 Stuart Elliott scored his first try of the day and dotted down from the back of a dominant scrum.
Half Time: Frome RFC 2nd 33 - 0 Swindon RFC 2nd
The first 20 minutes of the second half saw Swindon resolutely defend. Pressure on a good clearance kick saw a Swindon player knock on and a scrum on their 5 meter line. Frome continued their forwards dominance and this saw No.8 Elliott pick up his second try of the match with an excellent pick and go.
The 58th minute saw Prop Loukas Ives score, who was outstanding all game, taking a crash ball off from the Scrum Half after a well worked lineout.
The next try came after some good forwards play taking the ball up the pitch in a controlled manner. The home side switched the play and went blind with a number of forwards producing great handling skills to allow Winger Kyle Williamson the time to outpace his opposite winger to score.
Flanker James Milton managed to outfox the opposition team next by picking from the base of the ruck and sniping round the edge. Good footwork led to a 30 meter sprint to the line, only to be caught by the fullback and place the ball down at the most awkward of angles.
The final try came from an excellent push on a defensive scrum by the Frome forwards, this forced the ball to bounce out of the scrum for Morris to think quickest, scoop the ball up and score under the posts.
Final Score: Frome RFC 2nd 64 - 0 Swindon RFC 2nd
Captain Dean Marshall was understandably pleased by that win, the team looked hungry and wanted to make yet another statement to the league. The biggest statement was not conceding to a very good Swindon side who hadn’t lost until this meeting. Its onwards and upward for Frome who will look to continue their good form next week vs Trowbridge 3’s who have yet to win a game.