Bridgwater Town 2
Frome Town 2
Man of the Match: Iain Carr
Frome Town and Bridgwater Town shared the points with a 2-2 draw in an excellent
match full of passion and commitment that was a credit to both Clubs.
With Bridgwater's good home support and Frome's renowned travelling support, this
match always promised to attract a good crowd, and so it proved as 341 supporters
gathered to watch on a perfect day for football. With only Simeon Allison out through
injury, Darren Perrin was able to field an almost full strength team, with Jamie
Cheeseman and Craig Fullam together again at centre backs, and Mark Salter starting
a league match for the first time since returning from injury.
Bridgwater were the first to show in the 5th minute as Duharty and Pepperel
combined well, bringing a good save from the legs of Jones, and sending a warning
signal that the defence were going to have to be sharp to deal with the Bridgwater
attack. One minute later and Bridgwater proved that fact as a shot cannoned off a
Frome defender, only to find Duharty in space, and he shot cleanly home into the
corner of the net to give Bridgwater the lead.
After this initial wake up call, Frome settled to their task, and the match became very
even, with both sides looking dangerous. Frome equalised in the 20th minute with a
superb individual goal from Ballinger who picked the ball up in the centre circle and
ran at the Bridgwater defence, eventually being challenged on the edge of the
penalty area, but he retained his balance, swivelled and clipped a right foot shot over
Hutchings, with the keeper just managing to get hands on the ball but not stopping it
entering the goal.
After a good Thomson run in the 27th minute, Lake was fouled on the edge of the
Bridgwater box, and after a pause for treatment to both players, Lapham produced a
superb direct free kick that saw the ball fly cleanly cleanly home into the bottom
corner of the net to give Frome the edge in what was becoming a highly competitive
match. Lake was concussed due to a clash of heads in the original incident and was
replaced by Reaney who played at centre back for the rest of the match with Fullam
moving to left back.
The 33rd minute saw a flowing Frome move that ended with Minnis hitting an
outswinging cross that was only just cleared by a defender, but Bridgwater came
straight back, attacking in numbers, but leaving spaces at the back for the Frome
forwards to exploit. Frome had the ball in the net in the 37th minute as a Minnis left
wing cross led to a Ballinger shot that Hutchings spilled and Salter poked home, but
the goal was disallowed for offside.
With Bridgwater really going for goal in the minutes leading up to half time, the
Frome defence held out and at half time, the travelling faithful were happy and
looking forward to the second half with great anticipation.
The second half started much the same way as it had ended, with Bridgwater
attacking at pace, bringing Jones into action several times in the first few minutes
and doing well to deal with free kicks and corners during the period of pressure.
However, Frome almost extended their lead in the 56th minute as a great run on the
left wing by Thomson allowed Minnis to run at goal, and only a good save denied him.
Two minutes later and Minnis did well to charge down a clearance allowing Ballinger a
clear diagonal run into the Bridgwater penalty area, but the right foot shot flew high
Bridwater's pressure paid off in the 60th minute as a right wing corner was met
cleanly at the far post by the tall Pepperel, and his downward header from 5 yards
out gave Jones no chance.
In the 65th minute, Salter collected an elbow on the side of his head and strangely,
a yellow card all in the course of one challenge. From the resulting free kick,
Bridgwater missed a golden opportunity to score as an attacker blazed the ball across
the face of the Frome goal from 6 yards out, and Peters performed miracles at the far
post to deny them a minute later. Bridgwater were really turning the screw now, but
again Frome broke and Minnis again brought a save from Hutchings at the near post
that went for a corner.
With Hulbert replacing Salter, the match continued at a frenetic pace, but chances
were few until the 45th minute when Bridgwater's Brett Trowbridge blazed the ball
high and wide from 10 yards after being set up perfectly with a low cross, and one
minute later Jones performed miracles to ensure Frome shared the points as the ball
richoted backwards and forwards in the Frome penalty area, being all the more
confused by a Bridgwater attacker lying injured on the 6 yard line.
After 4 minutes of injury time, the referee blew for full time, with both sets of fans
applauding the players off after an intriguing, thoroughly entertaining match.
With numerous candidates for Frome's Man of the Match award, it was decided to
refer the decision to Darren Perrin, and the manager nominated Iain Carr for the
award after a solid performance in midfield and definitely his best game for the Club.
Greg Lake (29)
Mark Salter (66)
Ricky Hulbert (66)
Mike Reaney (29)
AFC Totton (A)
Mangotsfield Utd (A)
Thatcham Town (H)
North Leigh (H)
AFC Hayes (H)
Bishops Cleeve (H)
Windsor & Eton (A)
Yate Town (H)
Hungerford Town (A)
Cinderford Town (H)
Gosport Borough (A)
Bedfont Green (A)
Paulton Rovers (H)
AFC Hayes (A)
Bracknell Town (H)
Taunton Town (A)
AFC Totton (H)
North Leigh (A)
Thatcham Town (A)
Bedfont Green (H)
Bishops Cleeve (A)
Paulton Rovers (A)
Hungerford Town (H)
Taunton Town (H)
Yate Town (A)
Gosport Borough (H)
Red Insure Cup
Clevedon Town (A)
Som Prem Cup
Weston s Mare (H)