Frome RFC 2nd 58 - 5 Colerne RFC 1st
By Matt Warnock
Frome RFC 2nd XV crowned Wadworth 6X Dorset & Wilts 2 North Champions with home win!
The home side started the brighter of the two teams and kept the ball well. The side were able to build good field position following some indiscipline with Ben Eley kicking well for touch.
Frome got on the scoreboard first through Scrum Half Jordan Talbot who, after a number of well structured phases, found a gap around the side of the ruck to score, Eley missing the extras. Frome continued to apply pressure, and with great pace soon were rewarded with a number of penalties. Eley kept the scoreboard ticking over by adding 3 more points in front of the posts.
Another try was scored soon after as Frome continued this electric start, with Fullback James Gallop exquisitely kicking through for Winger John Spencer to dive onto. The conversion being added by Eley.
A spell of lapse in concentration meant Colerne, who always looked threatening, got themselves on the scoreboard following a number of misplaced passes by Frome, which allowed Colerne to score wide in the corner. The tough angle meant the conversion was missed.
Frome regained their composure and went on began to reassert their game plan, Frome Outside Centre Kurt Eckard, who was dominating with his trademark bulldozing runs, cut through the visitors defence only to be caught by the Colerne Full Back, a good pickup allowed Flanker Rob James to gather and score under the posts. Eley adding the extras.
The next score saw Eckard again bulldoze his way through with the Full Back catching him, but an excellent stretch for the line saw him score. Eley again adding the kick The final score of the half saw Frome break through and, after a number of successful phases, saw Captain Marshall pass wide from the breakdown to Hooker Phil Clarke who dove over to score.
Half Time Score: Frome RFC 2nd 36 - 5 Colerne RFC 1st
Frome started the second half the way they ended the first. After numerous phases by the fantastic Frome Forwards Talbot got his second try of the day. The conversion missed.
Young Winger Kyle Williamson came on and scored with almost his first touch of the ball, diving onto a another well placed kick by Gallop, the extras being added.
Williamson scored his second try soon afterwards by outpacing his opposite Winger and the covering Full Back to score in the corner. The kick going just wide. Eley however made up for this with one of his trademark dummies to show good strength and cross over, he was unable to add the extras.
Full Time Score: Frome RFC 2nd 58 - 5 Colerne RFC 1st
Captain Dean Marshall commented "With this win the Frome RFC 2nd become Wadworth 6X Dorset and Wilts 2 North Champions with a game to spare. Every single player deserves this as reward for their outstanding commitment throughout the season. Promotions don't come along that often and this season has been a memorable one. Outstanding players, lots of outstanding rugby and lots of wins."
Frome RFC Head Coach Toby Culff commented "Promotion for our 2nd team was a key objective for the Club this season and the fulfilment of that goal is a tremendous success for the players who have been representing the 2nds week in and week out.
There has been a great team spirit amongst the players and they've trained and played hard together all season. The quality of rugby they've played has been extremely high and their results have reflected the consistent excellence of their performances.
They've blended youth with experience, and this has best been exemplified by the combination of teenager Ben Eley at Fly Half and a cast of excellent veterans - Matt Warnock, Kurt Eckard and James Gallop - outside him in the centres. The Forwards have been powerful and dynamic all season, lead by the likes of Loukas Ives and Matt McCarthy, and unsung heroes like James Milton and Owen Davies. The try-scoring of Stuart Elliott has been crucial, too. I wish I could give everyone a name-check but suffice to say the whole squad has been superb.
Special credit must go to Captain Dean Marshall, and Team Manager, Garrie Webster, for their leadership, ambition and determination. Well done, thank you and congratulations to everyone involved!"
Man of the Match, sponsored by The Old Bath Arms went to Fullback James Gallop.
The Frome RFC 2nd XV play their final league fixture of the season on Saturday when they travel to Royal Wootton Bassett RFC 3rds.