RUGBY: Frome 2nd 31 Warminster 10
THE sending-off of Warminster’s Adam Matthew proved a decisive turning point as the amber and blues lost their penultimate Dorset & Wilts One South match.
The visitors made a fine start, racing into a ten-point lead after just ten minutes.
A Jason Sprangle penalty opened proceedings and soon after came what proved to be Warminster’s final score of the game.
The on-rushing Frome defence left space in behind them and fly-half Gavin Pratt dinked a chip over the top, a slightly fortuitous bounce falling into the hands of chasing flanker Adam Matthew who sprinted to the line, Sprangle converting.
Five minutes late though Matthew was shown a straight red card.
Matthew took exception to an apparent knee to the head of hooker Alex Jenkins and did likewise to a Frome defender, sparking a melee.
Matthew was red-carded for his part, as others escaped punishment for the fracas, leaving Warminster up against it for the remaining 65 minutes.
Frome duly took advantage, in particular using their well-executed driving maul at lineouts from which they gained their only try of the first half.
The Somerset side continued to hold the upper hand after the break and a further driving maul and fly-half break brough them a further two scores.
While Warminster coughed up possession with knock-ons and Frome took advantage, scoring a further two tries to wrap up victory.
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