Frome Town 1
Man of the Match: Jamie Cheeseman
Frome Town produced a brave performance and took an early lead through Minnis,
but eventually succumbed to a 3-1 defeat as Chippenham showed their class and
strength in depth.
Manager Darren Perrin was able to field almost a full strength squad, with Callum
Henry returning in place of Eric Laburieux, Luke Ballinger starting, and Mark Salter
taking his place on the bench as he returns to fitness.
The first ten minutes of the match proved to be even and lively, with neither side
having an advantage, but Chippenham hinting that their forwards were strong and
full of running, and that the Frome defence would have to be at their best to deal
with the threat. Chippenham went close in the 13th minute as a right wing cross lead
to a looping header that Jones did well to push round the post for a corner, and two
minutes later, Benison turned and shot in one movement, with the ball just evading
the far post.
Frome's first chance of the match came in the 17th minute as a long Jones kick was
latched onto by Hulbert, and Snoddy did well in the home goal to come a long way off
his line to push the lob out for a corner. Chippenham showed their class with three
attacks down the wings in quick succession, but the Frome defence did well to deal
with the well delivered crosses.
Frome took the lead in the 21st minute as a Lapham free kick from a central position
was won in the air by Cheeseman, and as the ball travelled across the face of the
goal, Minnis, with his back to goal, was able to flick the ball over his shoulder,
surprising Snoddy, and the ball just crept inside the far post.
Hulbert brought a save from Snoddy one minute later, but Chippenham drew level in
the 25th minute as a fine through ball found Highmore in space on the left, and he
cut inside into the box and produced an excellent right foot shot that curled round
Jones and found the far corner of the net.
The rest of the first half proved to be an even contest, with Minnis bring ing a save
from Snoddy in the 30th minute and Cheeseman also troubling the keeper a minute
later. At the other end, Sam Allison caused problems for the Frome defence in the
40th minute, with only a brave clearance by Peters retrieving the situation, but the
half ended 1-1 which was probably just about a fair reflection of the half.
The second half started with Chippenham kicking down the slight slope, but Frome
were the first to show as, in the 48th minute, they were awarded a free kick just
outside the Chippenham box, however it worked against them, as Chippenham won
the ball, broke quickly and worked the ball to Bension who produced an almost
carbon copy of their furst goal as he curled the ball into the far corner beyond the
reach of Jones.
The goal obviously inspired the home side, two minutes later, Ballinger headed off his
own line from a corner, and Chippenham went very close as the ball was crossed back
in with a header just going over the Frome bar. Chippenham had the ball in the net in
the 56th minute, but were denied by an offside flag, and three minutes later, more
pressure led to a shot just evading the far post.
After a long layoff through injury, Mark Salter replaced Matt Minnis in the 61st
minute, and his first touch was a header from a right wing corner that forced Snoddy
to make a save. A superb Peters crossfield ball in the 64th minute found Ballinger in
space on the left wing, and again Snoddy did well as he cut inside and shot well.
At the other end, Jones brought of the save of the match in the 70th minute as he
arched backwards to just tip over a screaming 25 yard drive from Highmore that
brought applause from all round the ground. Jones again performed miracles in the
77th minute as he managed to scramble a header off the line to safety when most
people in the crowd thought the ball was going into the net.
With Frome riding their luck, Darren Perrin took off midfielder Iain Carr and put on
forward Tom Piotrowski, and the match started flowing from end to end, but
Chippenham eventually killed the game off in the 87th minute as Sam Allison shot
load and hard from 20 yards, with the ball striking the inside base of the post, then
running along the line and into the far corner.
The match ended with a final Frome flourish as Piotrowski shot into the arms of
Snoddy, but on the whole, Chippenham were worth the win and no doubt, Frome
learnt a lot from their encounter with higher league opposition.
Frome's Man of the Match was chosen as Jamie Cheeseman for a solid performance at
centre back .
Matt Peters (c)
Iain Carr (86)
Matt Minnis (61)
Ricky Hulbert (65)
Mark Salter (61)
T Piotrowski (86)
Joe Gomes (65)
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