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2nd XV - Match centre

Frome II
Melksham II
S Travers (2), S Morris, J Gallop, G Taylor
Tries
Unknown, Unknown
B Eley (4)
Conversions
Sat 9 Feb 14:30 - South West Division - Wadworth 6X Dorset & Wilts 2 North Full time

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.

Frome RFC 2nd v Melksham RFC 2nd
29 photos

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.

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Gordon Grierson

Player of the Match

Gordon Grierson

Key moments

15:00
Try Simon Travers scores for Frome II
15:00
Conversion Ben Eley kicks a conversion for Frome II
30:00
Try Steven Morris scores for Frome II
40:00
Try Simon Travers scores for Frome II
40:00
Conversion Ben Eley kicks a conversion for Frome II
40:00
Try Try for Melksham II
60:00
Try Jimmy Gallop scores for Frome II
60:00
Conversion Ben Eley kicks a conversion for Frome II
70:00
Try Geoff Taylor scores for Frome II
70:00
Conversion Ben Eley kicks a conversion for Frome II
80:00
Try Try for Melksham II

Videos and photos

Frome RFC 2nd v Melksham RFC 2nd
29 photos

Highlights

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80:00 Try 33 - 10
Try for Melksham II
80:00 Player of the Match
Gordon Grierson is awarded player of the match for Frome II
80:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Melksham II
70:00 Conversion 33 - 5
Ben Eley kicks a conversion for Frome II
70:00 Try 31 - 5
Geoff Taylor scores for Frome II
60:00 Try 24 - 5
Jimmy Gallop scores for Frome II
60:00 Conversion 26 - 5
Ben Eley kicks a conversion for Frome II
60:00 Sub On
Jordan Harding is substituted on for Frome II
50:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Melksham II
40:00 Sub On
Jason Barraclough is substituted on for Frome II
End of period 1
40:00 Conversion 14 - 5
Ben Eley kicks a conversion for Frome II
40:00 Try 19 - 5
Simon Travers scores for Frome II
40:00 Try 12 - 5
Try for Melksham II
40:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Melksham II
30:00 Try 12 - 0
Steven Morris scores for Frome II
30:00 Missed Conversion
Ben Eley misses a conversion for Frome II
30:00 Sub On
Stevan Randall is substituted on for Frome II
15:00 Conversion 2 - 0
Ben Eley kicks a conversion for Frome II
15:00 Try 7 - 0
Simon Travers scores for Frome II
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Frome II
  • Melksham II
  • 0
  • Simon Travers Try 15:00'
  • Ben Eley Conversion 15:00'
  • Steven Morris Try 30:00'
  • Stevan Randall Sub On 30:00'
  • Simon Travers Try 40:00'
  • Ben Eley Conversion 40:00'
  • Try 40:00'
  • Jason Barraclough Sub On 40:00'
  • Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Jimmy Gallop Try 60:00'
  • Ben Eley Conversion 60:00'
  • Jordan Harding Sub On 60:00'
  • Geoff Taylor Try 70:00'
  • Ben Eley Conversion 70:00'
  • Try 80:00'

Team selection

Morris, Steven Morris, Steven
Spencer, John Spencer, John
Gallop, Jimmy Gallop, Jimmy
Tiley, Ben Tiley, Ben
Stanley, Luke Stanley, Luke
Eley, Ben Eley, Ben
Talbot, Jordon Talbot, Jordon
Elliott, Stuart Elliott, Stuart
Milton, James Milton, James
Marshall, Dean Marshall, Dean
Travers, Simon Travers, Simon
McCarthy, Matt McCarthy, Matt
Ives, Loukas Ives, Loukas
Taylor, Geoff Taylor, Geoff
Grierson, Gordon Grierson, Gordon

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Frome II 16 72
2. Marlborough II 14 55
3. Westbury 11 41
4. Corsham II 12 35
5. Swindon College Old Boys II 12 30
6. Trowbridge III 14 29
7. Swindon II 13 28

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