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Sat 27 Apr 14:30 - League Full time

Frome RFC 10 - 23 Buckingham RFC


Frome welcomed Buckingham to Gypsy Lane on Saturday for the Southern Counties Promotion Playoff....

After a very successful season for the Frome RFC 1st and having only lost 2 games and securing 2nd place in Southern Counties South league, Frome RFC welcomed Buckingham RFC to Gypsy Lane for the Southern Counties play offs anticipating a close encounter.

After being led out with members of the Frome RFC Mini & Junior section and huge cheers, the game kicked off in front of a crowd of 400 plus and for the first 10 minutes both sides were feeling their way in the game.

However Frome then started to gain the ascendancy with the strong wind in their favour and with their Scrum gaining the up hand due to a massive forward effort lead by joint Man of the Matches Aaron Blaney and George Benstead. After 20 mins the home side turned this into points when No.8 Alex Mallon picked up from the back of a Scrum to score a try which was converted by James Howard.

Frome RFC v Buckingham RFC (Promotion Playoff)
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Frome’s lead was extended to 10 points when Howard converted a penalty shortly after. Unfortunately the home side could not increase the lead further before half time.

Half Time Score: Frome RFC 10 - 0 Buckingham RFC

The second half started with both sides enjoying periods of domination but no further points were scored in the first 20 minutes.

Buckingham then started to gain the momentum as the visiting Fly Half used the wind to pin Frome back in there own half and despite stout defence lead by the Back Row of Ross Toten, Alex Mallon and replacement Cameron Hastie the visitors got there first points through a penalty.

They continued to press the Frome line and the Buckingham 10 eventually found a gap to score a converted try. Frome knew that the next score would be important however it came from a Buckingham penalty. Frome pressed hard to regain the lead but the visitors turned defence into attack and in the last 5 mins scored two unconverted tries to give them a 10 - 23 victory.

Despite the loss it has been a season to be proud of for the Gypsy Lane team and they will look to build on this in the future

Full Time Score: Frome RFC 10 - 23 Buckingham RFC

The Frome RFC Man of the Match, sponsored by The Old Bath Arms went to Props Aaron Blaney & George Benstead.

Frome RFC Head Coach Toby Culff commented " First and foremost, this was an amazing day for the Club and for this incredible group of players. I don't think I've ever seen a crowd like it at The Lane, and I can't recall having ever felt the same atmosphere and sense of occasion. Massive thanks must go out to everyone who attended and contributed - supporters, staff and volunteers. This was a day to be very proud of Frome RFC, both on and off the field.

The players and coaches were heartbroken by the result. There aren't words to describe the disappointment. Unfortunately, the final assessment must be that we weren't quite good enough on the day. Not quite. The scoreline doesn't tell the full story and the difference between the two sides was very, very small, but we must be honest with ourselves and recognise that we're not quite ready for the leap to Level 6. We're not far away, though, and we're determined to improve and to be ready next season. This experience will make us stronger and even more ambitious. We want more days like this one!

I have to finish by thanking the players. They've been an inspiration to me this season and I'm hugely proud of them. What they've achieved is genuinely remarkable and I hope they'll reflect on it with enormous satisfaction. This group is going to get better and better, and I've no doubt they'll win a league title soon. I'd urge everyone who watched them last Saturday to support them again next year."

(Match Pictures by Mark Sangster)

Win a Maximuscle training session with Anthony Watson

Aaron Blaney

Player of the Match

Aaron Blaney
George Benstead

Player of the Match

George Benstead

Key moments

Try Alex Mallon scores for Frome
Conversion James Howard kicks a conversion for Frome
Penalty James Howard kicks a penalty for Frome
Penalty Penalty kicked for Buckingham
Try Try for Buckingham
Conversion Conversion for Buckingham
Penalty Penalty kicked for Buckingham
Try Try for Buckingham
Conversion Conversion for Buckingham

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80:00 Player of the Match
George Benstead is awarded player of the match for Frome
80:00 Player of the Match
Aaron Blaney is awarded player of the match for Frome
78:00 Conversion 10 - 20
Conversion for Buckingham
78:00 Try 10 - 18
Try for Buckingham
65:00 Penalty 10 - 13
Penalty kicked for Buckingham
60:00 Sub On
Geoff Taylor is substituted on for Frome
60:00 Try 10 - 8
Try for Buckingham
60:00 Conversion 10 - 10
Conversion for Buckingham
50:00 Penalty 10 - 3
Penalty kicked for Buckingham
40:00 Sub On
Cameron Hastie is substituted on for Frome
40:00 Sub On
Simon Travers is substituted on for Frome
End of period 1
30:00 Penalty 10 - 0
James Howard kicks a penalty for Frome
20:00 Conversion 7 - 0
James Howard kicks a conversion for Frome
20:00 Try 5 - 0
Alex Mallon scores for Frome
10:00 Sub On
Matt Warnock is substituted on for Frome
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Frome
  • Buckingham
  • 0
  • Matt Warnock Sub On 10:00'
  • Alex Mallon Try 20:00'
  • James Howard Conversion 20:00'
  • James Howard Penalty 30:00'
  • Cameron Hastie Sub On 40:00'
  • Simon Travers Sub On 40:00'
  • Penalty 50:00'
  • Geoff Taylor Sub On 60:00'
  • Try 60:00'
  • Conversion 60:00'
  • Penalty 65:00'
  • Try 78:00'
  • Conversion 78:00'

Team selection

Thomas, Luc Thomas, Luc
Frost, Alistair Frost, Alistair
Jones, Dominic Jones, Dominic
Rutt, Mike Rutt, Mike
Sully, Rob Sully, Rob
Westlake, Simon Westlake, Simon
Benstead, John Benstead, John
Mallon, Alex Mallon, Alex
Toten, Ross Toten, Ross
Smith, Matt Smith, Matt
Meenan, Phil Meenan, Phil
Howard, James Howard, James
Benstead, George Benstead, George
King, Matt King, Matt
Blaney, Aaron Blaney, Aaron


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