Not all doom and gloom for Frampton

December 23 2019
Not all doom and gloom for Frampton

FRAMPTON may have been pushed down to fourth by recent defeats – but it's not all doom and gloom.

After the 1st team’s unbeaten run came to an end at league leaders Chosen Hill, Frampton also lost away to Cheltenham North, who were promoted at the end of last season.

Chosen Hill were relegated at the end of last season and have recruited strongly to ensure that that go straight back up. The scoreboard never lies, but the 47-0 scoreline didn’t reflect fairly the effort that the Frampton boys put in and the rugby which they played at times. It will take a very good side to beat Chosen Hill this season.

Cheltenham North, who beat Frampton 45-12, have also recruited strongly, and look a very good bet to claim a play off spot at the end of the season.

The third defeat of the last month was a very narrow one, 12-11 at Longlevens.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. Frampton have enjoyed two home victories in defeating Widden Old Boys by 45 points to nil, and on December 7 beat a good Hucclecote team by 24 points to 19.

With a cup match on the 21st, against Hucclecote again, Frampton will go into the Christmas break in fourth position in the league and unbeaten at the Stade de Fram.

Unfortunately, for one reason or another, the 2nd team haven’t played much rugby in the last month, their only fixture being a 39-10 defeat away to a strong Lydney 2nd team. It’s important for Frampton that there is a strong 2nd team, where young players can be groomed to make the step up to 1st team level. Hopefully things will pick up in the new year when injured players become available again.

The 3rd team continue to go from strength to strength and have played a mixture of league and friendly fixtures. As I write, they sit proudly at the top of their league, and must be commended for the spirit in which they play their matches, often lending players to the opposition to make sure that a game can go ahead. Proper old school stuff.

Much like the 2nd team, the Colts haven’t played much rugby either, although it should be stressed that this is through no fault of their own, and more down to opposition clubs not fulfilling fixtures. It is very much hoped that things will pick up after Christmas when the backlog of league fixtures can be played. After all, the colts are the future of the club.

Picture: James Knight scores for Frampton against Hucclecote

Andrew Westcott