MATCH REPORT: Wells 1st XV 39, Frome 1st XV 0
Wells completed their first double of the season as they comfortably defeated local rivals Frome on a heavy pitch on Saturday.
Having scored 39 points when the two teams met in September, Wells repeated the feat but this time prevented Frome from getting on the scoresheet.
Back into the Wells squad came Al Payne and, returning from injury, Stefan Davies and Aaron Cook. George Froud also returned on the left wing, with John Branch moving to full-back.
The damp midwinter probably does not show Wells at their best, but in Payne and Lewis Smith they had two forwards who seemed to revel in the heavy conditions. Both got through a lot of work, with several others not far behind.
Youngster Luke Jenkins again started at outside-half and, growing in stature and confidence, he is showing a willingness to go for the break, while a couple of deft offloads were out of the top drawer.
Playing up the slope, it took Wells 15 minutes to get on the scoreboard, with patience rewarded when skipper Rob Wiseman went over.
There was one more try before half-time, again after a patient build-up, with Smith getting the touchdown.
For the second week running, Gavin Foster got a yellow card, although some thought it was harsh, but Wells remained 10-0 up at the break.
Jake Knight got the scoreboard rolling in the second half, following a bullocking charge by Payne, and Alex Knight then touched down for the fourth and bonus-point try.
Foster was next over the line before Alex Knight crossed again to take his total points for the season to 100, all from tries.
John Branch converted both of these scores and Stefan Davies completed the try-scoring in the 80th minute when he was bundled over the line in the gathering gloom.
The match sponsors were Old Mill Financial Services.
After a comprehensive victory against a Frome side who only threatened the home line on a couple of occasions, Wells now have now nine league games remaining and head nearest rivals Trowbridge by nine points.
The next league game is away to Ivel Barbarians in Yeovil on January 4 but Wells are in action before that as they host Forest of Dean-based Drybrook in the South West semi-final of the RFU Intermediate Cup on Saturday.
The two sides met at a similar stage of the Senior Vase two seasons ago, with Wells going on to win the final at Twickenham.
The match, sponsored by Phil Lloyd, kicks off at 2pm.