Frampton win plaudits as they lose final
FRAMPTON’S 1st team were in the spotlight when they appeared in the final of the Gloucestershire RFU Senior Vase.
The match against Chosen Hill was played under floodlights on Cheltenham Tigers’ 4G pitch. Chosen Hill are the runaway league leaders and quite rightly favourites to gain promotion at the end of the season. However, on the night Frampton competed admirably, and despite losing by 29 points to 15, their performance drew plaudits from everyone in attendance.
Unfortunately, Frampton’s league form continues to evade them. Two matches have been played since the cup final and both have resulted in narrow defeats. In the first, Whitehall took Frampton’s undefeated home record with a 25 points to 20 win. Frampton started slowly and were 12 points down in the first 10 minutes. They clawed their way back into the match, but unfortunately, injuries disrupted Frampton badly in the second half which allowed Whitehall a way back into the game.
Frampton also lost narrowly away to Berry Hill. Never an easy place to go and play, Frampton looked to have done enough to get that elusive first league win of 2020, but Berry Hill fought their way back into the match and took the spoils with a late drop goal.
Fram’s next home game is a league meeting with Chosen Hill on March 7, after their match against second-placed Cheltenham North was postponed until March 14.
The 2nd team’s improved form looks to be continuing. Despite losing at home by 29 points to 19 against a very quick Thornbury team, they redeemed themselves the following weekend with a splendid 17-14 win over Lydney, a team that had soundly defeated Frampton back in November.
Unfortunately, through postponements, the 3rd team have not managed to play any further fixtures following their win over Ashley Down. This has allowed Ashley Down to leapfrog Frampton to regain the league leadership by one point. The league title is still very much to play for.
The Colts team continue to grow and mature together as a group. After several weeks without a match, the Colts travelled to Keynsham for a Sunday fixture where they suffered a narrow defeat in very muddy and very wet conditions.
They followed this up with another away fixture at Chippenham where the match was played on a 4G pitch. Despite playing well, Frampton somehow found themselves 10 points down at half time. They turned this around in the second half to record an excellent 12 points to 10 victory. And lastly, playing on the main pitch at Crossbow, Frampton enjoyed a comfortable bonus point 27-0 home league victory against Wellington.