Frome RFC 2nd 12 - 3 Westbury RFC 1st
Frome RFC 2nd welcome local side Westbury RFC 1st to a wet & windy Gypsy Lane on Saturday...
From the kick off Frome started positively and implemented their game plan although the windy and wet conditions meant Frome would have to keep the ball close and work their way up the pitch using the Forwards and set pieces. Despite this, the first try of the day came from some excellent play through the Backline.
The ball found its way out to Fullback James Gallop from a scrum who was able to jink his way downfield and put Winger Ben Tiley who went through 2 players and leave a 1 v 2 with the Westbury Fullback. A pass to Scrum Half Half Jordon Talbot was finished well who put in an excellent performance after a time out for injured. Talbot was tackled high after dotting the ball down by the covering Westbury Winger so a penalty from the restart was awarded.
Frome kept Westbury pinned into their own half using the wind effectively and winning good lineout ball. Various chances were created by the home side and after a number of excellent phases through the Forwards an overlap was created out wide, only for the chance to go missing following a knock on, for what would have been a certain try.
Unlike previous weeks Frome didn’t let their frustration get to them and remained positive. The home scrum dominated throughout the game thanks to a combination of Aaron Blaney, Loukas Ives, Jason Barraclough and replacement Phil Clarke. It was the scrum that set up the next, and final try of the match. No.8 Stuart Elliott found the scrum walking forwards towards the line and picked to dot down under heavy pressure, a trademark Frome forwards try. Conversion successfully added by stand in Fly Half Steven Morris 12-0.
It was Westbury that ended the half strongly and managed to put themselves on the scoreboard with a penalty after a number of infringements. Frome finished the half with only 14 men as Centre Matt Warnock was shown a yellow card following a suspect high tackle on Westbury's Winger.
Half Time: Frome RFC 2nd 12 - 3 Westbury RFC 1st
Frome knew the next half would be a tougher test as the weather worsened with strong winds and driving rain the large Westbury pack would make life difficult. Westbury's Fly Half was able to relieve any pressure on multiple occasions with some superb clearances using the wind to his advantage and were pinned into their half for much of the remaining game.
Frome were however able to build some momentum with a spell in the opposition 22 and looked certain to have scored from the back of a scrum only for the referee to deem a no try and saw Westbury prevent Frome from scoring.
The final 10 minutes of the game Frome were leading by 9 points and produced a mammoth defensive effort to keep the opposition pack out.
Time and time again they battered the line only to find Frome defenders swarming them and pushing them back. Two held up tries, multiple 5 meter scrums, and a number of driving mauls were all defended gallantly.
With the wind against Frome, they had to face a large number of kicks which were dealt with well by replacement Winger Luke Stanley who was able to relieve the pressure well. The Centre partnership of Warnock and Eckard produced a scintillating defensive display against a much larger opposition centre partnership to hold the visitors out, the final whistle sounded, Frome had walking wounded but had done it.
Final Score: Frome RFC 2nd 12 - 3 Westbury RFC 1st
Captain Dean Marshall commented "An outstanding effort from all involved. We played a very strong Westbury first team, but we stuck to our game plan and stayed positive, this won us the game. What I am most proud about was our defence, which was immense against such a large Westbury team. 10/10 wins with a chance to go half a season unbeaten when we travel away to Colerne RFC 1st next week. We look forward to the challenge."
Man of the Match: Mark Regler
Frome RFC 2nds remain top of the Wadworth 6X Dorset & Wilts 2 North having gone unbeaten to this point in the season, this saturday they travel to 9th place Colerne RFC 1st which will be he final fixture before the Christmas break.