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Victory for confident thirds

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: February 18, 2010

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Yatton 3rd XV 7 Frome 3rd XV 32

Frome thirds travelled to Yatton on Saturday confident of building on the previous week's second-half performance and they were not to disappoint.

The visitors, playing down the slope, started brightly and the pack immediately dominated the early exchanges.

The ball was spun to mercurial skipper Mark O'Shea, whose sleight of hand enabled Steve Gilson to elude several defenders and glide through for the opening score, converted by O'Shea.

Sensing there were more points to be had, Frome pushed on and another strong scrum enabled hooker Mike Bullock to take a ball against the head.

Scrum-half Liam Sheldon saw a half gap and took it before offloading to Jimmy Ridge, whose pass enabled the rampaging Fraser Thomson to score in the corner.

Steve Morris broke the line thanks to a pinpoint flat pass from Gilson but he was held up just short of the line after a blistering 40-yard break.

However, Thomson was again on hand and, from five yards, the Yatton defence were not going to stop him from adding to his personal tally.

Frome lost Bullock to injury but remained 17-0 ahead at the break.

Now playing up the hill, Frome spent the first few minutes of the second half on the back foot, although the defence was resolute.

From deep in his own half, O'Shea saw space and placed the ball expertly 50 yards upfield, enabling new signing Mike Rutt to gather the ball on the bounce and penetrate the defence.

From the ensuing ruck, the ball was spun wide to Ridge on the wing, who showed great strength to shove off the tackle to make the line.

Yatton then scored a try when their fly-half spotted a rare hole through the Frome defence.

Frome responded by playing some stylish rugby, the ball going through many hands with a series of short passes before Morris finished the move off.

The final score was made by the excellent Jon Witcombe, who broke blind and charged towards the line but had the intelligence to draw the cover and release Ridge to score again in the corner.

On Saturday, Frome host Nailsea at Gypsy Lane (2.30pm).

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