Frome Town 1
Cinderford Town 0
Man of the Match: Matt Peters
Frome Town made it thirteen league games undefeated for manager Darren Perrin as
they kept a clean sheet for the fifth successive game and eventually ran out 1-0
winners over Cinderford Town in a match full of unconverted chances and a missed
With Dafyyd Jones reporting sick, Tom Pass took over between the sticks, Craig
Fullam returned to partner Jamie Cheeseman at the centre of defence, Greg Lake
reverted to left back and Simeon Allison moved across to right back allowing Matt
Peters to move into midfield. Luke Ballinger returned to the right wing from England
Futsol duty and Mike Perrott moved up to partner Mark Salter as the twin strike force.
Frome were slow out of the blocks, and in the first minute they very nearly went
behind as a Cinderford forward cut in from the left wing and struck a low hard shot
across the face of the Frome goal that hit the base of the far post and rebounded into
play when it looked likely to end up in the back of the net. Frome responded, but
again they were a little fortunate in the 4th minute as only a desperate Allison block
tackle prevented Cinderford from taking the lead from very close range.
However, as the game settled, Frome started to look more and more dangerous, and
in the 10th minute a 20 yard Ballinger shot whistled inches past the far post after a
Lake long throw caused problems for the Cinderford defence.
This led to a period of intense Frome pressure, with Ballinger continously causing
problems with his pace on the right wing and his ability to shoot from anywhere.
Salter went close from a through ball in the 17th minute was was robbed by Ben
John in the visitors goal at the last second. A 20 yard Ballinger shot skimmed the
crossbar in the 20th minute and Peters produced a similar effort 5 minutes later.
Cinderford survived the pressure and started to assert themselves with a period of
possession in the Frome half, but once again Ballinger started causing mayhem on
the right wing as his dangerous runs at the defence made him a marked man worthy
of special attention from the defenders. Several free kicks were given for fouls on
Ballinger within a few minutes, but the Cindeford defence coped with everything
thrown at them.
With 47 minutes on the clock, it seemed as if the half was destined to be goalless,
but then Frome won two right wing corners in quick succession, the second of which
led to a 20 yard Ballinger shot that was parried by the goalkeeper, but the ball fell
sweetly to Perrott who volleyed home from 10 yards for his first goal for the Club.
Scoring that late leaves no time for the opposition to reply, and sure enough the
whistle blew within a few seconds of the restart.
The second half started with plenty of effort but little pattern, and the first chance fell
to Ballinger as a Lake cross from the left wing found him arriving unnoticed at the far
post, but the shot was scuffed wide form 10 yards out. Frome seemed to have the
ability to attack at will for the first 20 minutes, but the final ball always seemed to be
not quite right for the forwards arriving in the box.
Numerous corners were won during this period, and in the 67th minute, a right wing
corner was handled by a Cinderford defender, leading to the award of a penalty.
Salter took the penalty and the ball struck the inside of the base of the post and
rebounded into play allowing Cinderford to clear their lines.
The let off seemed to inspire Cinderford, and they entered their best spell of the
match. Pass did well to deal with a free kick in the 75th minute, and one minute later
a Salter shot from a through ball was well blocked by a defender.
As the match wore on, Frome still looked the more likely side to score, but as
several runs and shots brought no reward, they started to look a little edgy waiting for
the final whistle to blow.After a Cinderford claim for a penalty was correctly refused
in the 92nd minute, the good home crowd were glad to hear the final whistle and
applauded the team off at the end.
Matt Peters was chosen as Man of the Match by "Gerald Butland and Friends" (AKA
The Crazy Gang) who sponsored the match.
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