Visitors' first-half onslaught leaves Frome well adrift
Frome 1st XV 18 Devizes 1st XV 31
Frome 1st XV were unable to maintain their good recent form as promotion-chasing Devizes went top of the Southern Counties South table with a bonus-point win.
The visitors dominated the first half and built up a score that proved too much to overcome.
Devizes opened the scoring with a converted try in the first five minutes when their scrum-half went over from close range and a penalty soon followed for a ten-point lead.
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Frome were looking nervous and lacked the energy that Devizes showed but the hosts did convert two penalties to reduce the deficit.
However, Devizes replied with two converted tries, both of which the Frome defence were disappointed to concede, to open up an 18-point advantage.
Frome began the second half strongly, with their pack now dominating the scrum, and they were able to provide the backs with much-needed possession.
Ames-Reddin and McQueen made good inroads in attack but the Devizes defence remained strong and snuffed out any threat.
Devizes scored their fourth converted try to secure a bonus point but the hosts dominated the final 20 minutes.
Repeated pressure in the scrum near the visitors' line forced a penalty try, which McQueen converted, and scrum-half Webster powered over from close range.
The home side pushed forward in search of a bonus point and flanker Culff went close in the dying moments but the Devizes defence held firm.
East Dorset 2nd XV 17 Frome 2nd XV 0
A shortage of substitutes proved costly for Frome 2nd XV as they drew a blank at East Dorset.
The game started in a physical manner as Frome received the kick-off and the forwards immediately got their hands on the ball, creating platforms for Abrahams and King to bring the backs into play.
Both sides refused to concede any ground and there was no score in the first 35 minutes. However, Frome were hit by injuries to Trimby and James, leaving them with only 14 players for the rest of the match.
East Dorset immediately turned the screw and, despite good defensive work from the whole visiting team, the home side scored for a 5-0 half-time lead.
In the second half, Frome played some high-quality rugby, with Ives, Benstead and Horne taking the ball forward and Regler, Pearn and man of the match Milton stealing plenty of possession at the ruck.
East Dorset were reduced to 14 men for ten minutes after a sin-binning but Frome could not capitalise and conceded a converted try.
Frome tried to force their way into the game and the backs made good ground but East Dorset turned the ball over and scored a third try to maintain their 100 per cent record in Dorset & Wilts 2 South.
Frome 3rd XV remain second in Dorset & Wilts 3 South after a 29-3 home victory over Wheatsheaf Cabin Crew on Saturday.
This weekend, Frome 1st XV visit Corsham, the seconds host their new Milton counterparts and the 3rd XV travel to Verwood.