Derby defeat shows up Fram's indifferent form
FRAMPTON'S 1st team are suffering from a period of indifferent form at the moment.
The last match before Christmas saw them lose by a point away to Longlevens in Gloucester. In the first match of the new year Frampton did just enough to come from behind to defeat Ross-on-Wye 24-21, in a match played on the Winterbourne Academy pitch. Ross were much improved since Frampton's comprehensive bonus point away win back in September but two tries in the final quarter of the game from James Knight and Lewis Oakley saw Frampton's pressure tell, as Ross fell away.
This was followed by a very disappointing performance and two point loss, 10-8, away to local rivals St Mary’s Old Boys – a team Frampton had defeated by over 50 points back in September. Frampton took an early lead but were very much out of sorts, and a number of injuries saw them having to play the last 15 minutes with 14 men.
Frampton reached the final of the Gloucestershire RFU Senior Vase, which was due to be played as the Voice went to press against Chosen Hill, who are the runaway leaders in the Gloucestershire Premier League. The match was due to be played at a neutral venue as neither side has their own floodlights.
Let’s all hope that the 1st team can rediscover their form and their confidence and play the rugby of which we know they are capable. The results will surely come if they can do this.
The 2nd team look to be on an upward curve. Prior to Christmas, they were struggling with unavailability and weren’t able to field a competitive side. However, the new year has brought new life to the team, and they have recorded two excellent victories away to Cleeve 2nds by 45 points to 10, and at home to Avonmouth 2nds by 22 points to 5. It’s worth noting that Avonmouth had inflicted a heavy defeat on Frampton at the end of September. Let’s hope that the 2nds can keep this going.
The 3rd team’s fine season continues and, as I write, they have reinforced their position at the top of the league, having defeated second placed Ashley Down Old Boys 2nd team by 31 points to 15. If they keep up this form, the 3rds are in serious danger of winning promotion!
The 3rd team have also played a couple of friendly matches, defeating Broad Plain 2nds away from home just before Christmas, and then winning away from home against a Kingswood 2nd team. As with the 2nd team, let’s hope that the 3rds can keep this going.