Frampton overcome Widden Old Boys
Frampton Cotterell 20 – Widden Old Boys 15
FRAMPTON were looking to complete a double over the Old Boys and to maintain their unbeaten home record.
After a bright start to the season, Widden’s form had fallen away, with their last win being at the beginning of December. Nonetheless, as is the case with any Gloucester side, Frampton were expecting a tough physical confrontation.
Playing away from Crossbow and into a slight breeze, Frampton were soon put under pressure by Widden, who took the lead with a good unconverted try. Frampton had centre Joel Brasher-Jones sent to the sin bin for what was deemed to be a deliberate knock on.
Widden also had a man yellow-carded following a high tackle in their own twenty two. Frampton continued to press and were awarded a number of penalties. They chose to scrum each time but the Widden defence held firm.
On the stroke of half time, Widden broke upfield and were awarded a penalty in the centre of the pitch, just inside the Frampton half. Widden chose to go for goal, and were successful with an excellent kick to leave them leading 8-0 – and they were good value for their lead.
Frampton looked a much better side in the second half. Without ever actually cutting loose, they had the lion’s share of both territory and possession. Three good tries were scored through Callum Bleakman, Lewis Oakley and Morgan Stiles. Unfortunately Lewis Oakley had an off day and had clearly left his goal kicking boots at home, being unable to convert any of the tries. Widden had also scored a converted try of their own which left the scores all square at 15 each.
Frampton were given a big scare late on when Widden were awarded a penalty in a relatively easy kicking position near the posts. Fortunately for Frampton the ball clattered into an upright. The Widden defence looked to be holding firm, but finally gave out when Lewis Oakley picked and went from a ruck close to the line to score a good opportunistic try with several defenders hanging on to him. Lewis missed the conversion, but crucially Frampton were now in front and had picked up a try scoring bonus point.
The match finished in a very hard fought 20-15 victory. Widden probably deserved more from the game but Frampton dug deep to dog out a win having not performed at their best for large parts of the match.
Picture shows Frampton Cotterell scoring one of their four tries against Widden Old Boys