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Sorry second-half costs Frome dear

By Somerset Standard  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

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Wimborne 1st XV 43 Frome 1st XV 19

Frome relinquished a 19-point lead as Wimborne's second-half fightback denied the visitors even a bonus point.

Sam McQueen missed an early penalty attempt as Frome started well, opening the scoring after ten minutes when Phil Meenan picked up from the base of a scrum and spun the ball wide for McQueen to send Frost over in the corner.

Wimborne bounced back and made their way into the visitors' half, with the Frome defence camped in their own 22 for ten minutes, but excellent tackling by Cook, Culff and King ensured their line was not crossed. Several times the Wimborne pack tried to power their way over but the visitors' defence stood strong.

The home side tried to pass the ball wide but Frost read the move and intercepted to run 90 metres for his second try. McQueen missed the conversion but kicked a penalty on the stroke of half-time to make it 16-0 at the break.

Frome started the second half strongly, with the pack dominating early exchanges and powering into the Wimborne 22. The centre partnership of Rutt and Bowles tested the defence and, although it stood strong, Norris calmly converted a drop-goal for a 19-point lead with 30 minutes remaining.

However, Wimborne's young fly-half started to find holes in the Frome defence and glided through to put his winger in for try. This was quickly followed by two further tries and Wimborne had the lead for the first time.

Things went from bad to worse for Frome as loose kicking and poor defending allowed Wimborne to notch up four further tries and end with an emphatic win.

On Saturday, Frome will look to bounce back at home to Corsham.

New Milton 2nd XV 11 Frome 2nd XV 5

Both sides had recorded emphatic wins in their opening Dorset & Wilts 2 South fixtures but it was hosts New Milton who were able to maintain their 100 per cent record as Frome slipped to defeat.

Frome were put under the cosh in the scrummage in the first five minutes and Ives had to step forward into the front row. The scrum and lineout set the tone for the whole game, with New Milton dominant, despite Pearn hooking well against the head and disrupting at the lineout.

The strong Frome defence and an ability to turn ball over in all areas stopped the heavier side going forward, however, and good handling in the backs allowed full-back Hooper to score in the corner.

This settled Frome, with Winduss, Abrahams and Kemmery sharp up the middle, and the visitors sent on Burgess and Trimby at half-time as they looked to increase the score.

However, Regler gave away two penalties in as many minutes to gift New Milton possession in the Frome 22. The visitors were resilient but Trimby lost his composure and was sent off for striking an opponent, allowing New Milton to slot an easy penalty.

A player down, Frome began to feel the pressure but prevented New Milton from building a platform. However, the hosts kicked wide and scored in the corner to open up an 8-5 lead.

With the game in the balance and ten minutes remaining, Frome struggled to build a steady platform, although the boot of man of the match Josh Winduss and strong runs from Regler and Randall gave them territory.

Milton struck a penalty to extend the lead but Frome were in the home 22 again with five minutes remaining when the match came to an early conclusion after Mason suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder at a scrum.

On Saturday, Frome 2nd XV host East Dorset.

Frome 3rd XV 58 Verwood 1st XV 21

Frome 3rd XV were victorious in their first competitive game of the season.

The hosts took the game to their opponents through direct running but Verwood put up strong resistance with vigorous defence.

However, this could not be sustained and Phil Clarke broke the deadlock, storming over from close range.

Verwood refused to lie down and put together some good play to threaten the Frome line but the hosts held firm and O'Shea released Steve Gilson, who passed for Spencer to crash over, with O'Shea converting.

The visitors came back strongly and scored a try but Frome went forward again and powerful carries from Baker, Lewis and Pearce made inroads before Bobby Lowe dummied his way over for a try.

With a bonus point in sight, Frome were soon on the attack again. A kick and chase from Spencer and Clarke nearly produced a try, while Coleman made an excellent outside break but the last pass went to ground.

From the ensuing lineout, the Frome forwards did the damage and Matt Lewis smashed through for a try.

Verwood still refused to wilt and got their third try but Frome had the final word before the break as Rob Parnell's grubber kick allowed Spencer to force an error from the visiting winger and Jim Pearce latched on to the loose ball to score.

After the break, Frome's strength in depth came to the fore as they were able to start emptying the bench. Dan Masters had an instant impact on his welcome return, making a good break which allowed Rumming to set up Martin Brake for the try.

A couple of minutes later, intelligent play from O'Shea allowed Gilson to release Coleman, who glided around his opposite man and stepped on the gas for another score.

More forward pressure resulted in a five-metre scrum and from this position there was only going be one outcome as Lewis picked up from the base and crashed over. The next score came after a great break from Gilson, who passed for Rumming to speed home.

There was still time for two more tries as Brian Baker raced in from 20 metres after a Masters break and Lewis completed the scoring with another unstoppable burst. Man of the match was Andy Greenwood.

On Saturday, Frome are away to Wheatsheaf Cabin Crew.

Frome U16 24 Corsham U16 12

Frome U16s won their first match of the season as they defeated Corsham at Gypsy Lane.

The visitors stole an early lead in a finely-balanced first half but wing Aaron Weatherall levelled and scrum-half Lloyd Penny put Frome into the lead with the conversion.

A fumbled ball cost the home side seven points just before half-time but Frome's forwards won the balance of power and Penny broke away to score just after the restart.

Number eight Zac Welsh put Frome back in the lead when he powered over under the posts and, although Corsham twice held them up on the line, flanker and captain Ash Hart sealed the victory with a deserved try.

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