Frome RFC 2nd 32 - 10 Melksham RFC 2nd
After a gap in league fixtures last week, Frome RFC 2nd welcomed Melksham RFC 2nd on Saturday...
The Frome RFC 2nd welcomed Melksham RFC 2nd to Gypsy Lane on Saturday - following a strong away win for Frome earlier in the season the much changed looking visitors would certainly offer a sterner test.
A good start by Frome saw them dominate possession early on, it took until the 15th minute marker for Second Row Simon Travers to dive over after some quick, well structured play across the pitch, Ben Eley adding the extras.
Despite Frome continuing to dominate it was the final pass that let them down. Often one more “successful” phase or a “completed” pass would have seen many more tries scored.
It was a half marred by mistakes from both teams but on the 30 minutes Fullback Steve Morris took the ball at pace and bulldozed himself over the top of the opposition fullback to score, unfortunately the kick going just wide.
The home side started to convert pressure into tries and scored another soon after when Travers popped up again after multiple phases putting Melksham under huge pressure. Off the tap penalty Frome built again and allowed Travers the space to bundle he was over the line. Eley adding the kick.
The final few plays of the half saw Melksham venture into the Frome half, slow from defence allowed a simple pick and go from the base of the scrum for the score.
Half Time: Frome RFC II 19 - 5 Melksham RFC II
Frome the had a long spell without possession allowing Melksham back into the game. Melksham were down a man for 10 minutes with a yellow card for a high tackle but still Frome couldn’t engineer a way through.
It took until the 60th minute for Inside Centre James Gallop to build up some pace and, with some excellent trademark handoff skills on display, dotted down to secure the 5 point win. Eley hitting the target to convert.
Following the try Frome had found their structure again and proceeded to score another soon after. Hooker Geoff Taylor, who ran fantastically all day, took the ball at pace and broke through the Melksham line to score under the posts. Eley kicking the conversion.
Nearing the end of the game, Melksham had a number of penalties go their way, they made excellent ground up the pitch and a quick tap by their Flyhalf saw him score in the corner.
Final Score: Frome RFC 32 - 10 Melksham RFC 2nd
Frome RFC 2nd XV Captain Dean commented “Despite Melksham getting the last try Frome played very well. When the structure was there, the phases came, and Melksham couldn’t handle us. If we can maintain that structure and get our reward for it by finishing successfully, then we will begin to put more points on teams again.”
He continued “That was a very good, very different Melksham team to the one we played previously. They came to us wanting to win. 15 games unbeaten, 6 games to go, Frome need to maintain and improve to secure the league win.”
The Man of The Match award, sponsored by The Old Bath Arms, Frome went to Prop Gordon Grierson.