MATCH REPORT: Frome 1st XV 18, Dorchester 1st XV 0
Frome 1st XV secured a vital victory over Dorchester to move up to seventh in Southern Counties South.
With spirits high after the Christmas vice-presidents’ lunch, Frome started down the slope and immediately looked to get on the scoreboard.
It did not take long as Dorchester became stretched and a poor clearance kick fell perfectly for Morris, who weaved his way through the defence and slipped the ball through the back-line to Toten, who put Aimes-Reddin over for the first try after five minutes. Kruger added the extras.
Frome kept up the pressure as Dorchester were camped in their own 22 but, after a strong defensive display, the visitors began to pick up some momentum and work their way into the home side’s half.
Dorchester’s large pack kept the hosts on their toes with some big runners but Frome looked strong in defence throughout.
With the half-time whistle approaching, Frome played their way back into the game as Meenan, Shepard and Milton linked well down the middle to earn a penalty.
The hosts opted for the corner but a rusty lineout throw from captain Will Button saw the visitors steal it at the front. Frome ran the ball back from the clearance and won another penalty, which this time was sent through the posts for a 10-0 interval lead.
The second half was evenly matched, with both teams playing a tighter game due to the wet conditions. Dominance in the scrum was shared but Frome won another penalty and Kruger slotted it through the posts with ease.
Kruger began to get carried away with his boot and attempted two poorly struck drop-goals but he made up for this when he broke a few half-hearted tackles and offloaded to Milton, who looked set to cross the whitewash until a last-gasp cover tackle denied him.
However, Frome did add to their score when, from a ruck, good hands from Norris saw Aimes-Reddin get his second of the day.
Frome travel to unbeaten league leaders Wells on Saturday.