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Sat 19 Oct 2019  ·  Wadworth 6X Gloucestershire Premier
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Berry Hill Match Report

Berry Hill Match Report

Andrew Westcott21 Oct 2019 - 19:26
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Frampton dig deep to win at the death

Frampton welcomed visitors Berry Hill on Saturday afternoon. The Stade de Fram pitch was playable, but it was decided to switch the match to the Academy pitch, which as ever, was in excellent condition. Conditions were sunny, but with a breeze blowing across the pitch. Frampton played down the slight slope in the first half.

Frampton started brightly, but they weren’t able to find a way through or around a resolute Berry Hill defence. Berry Hill then began to come into the game more, but the two sides were evenly matched. The youth of the Frampton team being countered by their heavier and older opponents. Midway through the first half Berry Hill scored a converted try near to the posts to take a 7-0 lead. There was no further scoring before half time.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first half with neither side being particularly dominant. Berry Hill did use the boot to kick for position more than perhaps Frampton should have done in the first half, but they were unable to find a way past a resolute and tenacious Frampton defence. Lewis Oakley kicked two well-judged penalty goals to bring Frampton back to within a point of the visitors, but Berry Hill responded by kicking a penalty of their own to make the score 10 points to 6.

Frampton were hampered by the loss of Brandon Ball who was playing very well out of position at hooker. Brandon received a boot to the face resulting in a broken nose, a trip to A&E, and stitches to a nasty cut near his eye. In many respects he was fortunate not to have suffered more. We wish him a speedy recovery. Fortunately, Ali Scott was on the bench as a replacement, having stepped down from the starting line-up after feeling unwell.

Frampton had by now begun to gain more of a foothold in the game. With ten minutes to go, they were awarded a penalty which was put into touch within five metres of the Berry Hill line with a fine, long kick by Lewis Oakley. From the resulting lineout the Frampton forwards, with the help of a couple of backs, drove the maul over the Berry Hill line for an excellently controlled try by Ali Scott. The conversion was missed, but Frampton had taken the lead for the first time.

Berry Hill came back at Frampton, but again they weren’t able to find a way through. With time running out a long pass was thrown left which was intercepted near the halfway line by skipper Austen Davis. Austen was hauled down just short of the line, but popped up a pass to James Knight, making a welcome return to Frampton colours, who scored out wide. The conversion attempt was missed, after which the referee blew for full time, with Frampton winning by 16 points to 10.

James Carver had an excellent game on the flank for Frampton, and quite deservedly was awarded the man of the match award. Without really playing well, this was a hard fought win for Frampton against determined opponents. Frampton are developing a resilience which in previous years would most likely have seen this game lost. This new found determination will need to present next weekend against Cheltenham North who have started the season well, although they did have an unexpected setback on Saturday against league leaders Chosen Hill.


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