Hungerford Town 0
Frome Town 0
Man of the Match: Simeon Allison
Missing six first team regulars, Frome Town dug deep and produced an outstanding
display of passion and commitment to gain a 0-0 draw at Hungerford, extending their
unbeaten run to twelve games and very nearly coming away with all three points.
With Callum Henry, Mike Reaney, Joe Gomes and Matt Minnis all injured, Luke
Ballinger away on England Futsol duty in Lybia, and Craig Fullam attending an FA
coaching course, Greg Lake moved for the first time into the centre of defence
alongside Jamie Cheeseman, and Sim Allison moved back from the wing to play at
The match kicked off in pouring rain on a good pitch with Frome playing down the
slope, and the the initial exchanges were fairly even and quiet, with nothing much
happening until the 7th minute as Hungerford’s Green headed five yards wide of the
goal as he got on the end of a good right wing cross.
As the half wore on, Frome were generally the more pro-active of the sides, with
Lapham at the heart of most of the Frome attacking moves, and they went close in
the 22nd minute as loan signing Mike Perrott broke clear on the left wing and
whipped in a low cross that saw Hulbert flick the ball onto a defender for a corner,
accompanied by claims of hand ball. Frome’s Ben Thomson did well on the left wing
two minutes later, and this time the ball ricocheted out the penalty area to Dave
Thompson who let fly from 25 yards, only for the ball to go 5 yards wide of the post.
A Perrott right wing cross in the 29th minute seemed easy for Foster in the home
goal, but he managed to drop the wet ball, and for a split second it seemed that the
ball would roll over the line, but his blushes were spared by a defender who cleared
up the danger behind him.
Hungerford had been slow to get into the game, but they started to assert themselves
after the half hour mark, and after a couple of shots that flew over the bar, in the 40th
minute, Jones did really well in the visitors goal to deal with a nasty, dipping,
bouncing shot from 25 yards that could well have ended up in the corner of the net.
One minute later and a Hungerford raid on the right wing led to Peters performing
miracles to clear the ball from his own 6 yard box as it seemed Hungerford must
With Hungerford finishing the half the stronger, they started the second half with clear
intent and showed that they knew how to use the considerable slope to their
advantage. However, Frome broke well in the 48th minute as a Hulbert header put
Sallter in the clear, but as the travelling support roared him on, he seemed to overrun
the ball and Foster was able to clear.
Hungerford kept on pressing and Frome’s back four and goalkeeper were having
their work cut out dealing with the pressure, but again it was Frome who went close
as Hulbert was put through by Salter, only to be robbed by a last ditch sliding tackle.
Having weathered the initial Hungerford storm, Frome really started to come strongly
into the match, and roared on by the travelling support (who seemed to outnumber
the home support by about 4:1), the match became an end to end affair.
Salter and Lapham combined well in the 61st minute, and in the 65th minute, Salter
swivelled on the edge of the box and struck a sweet 25 yard shot that hit the
underside of the Hungerford bar before coming down on the line and going out for a
corner. The resulting corner produced a moment of controversy as the ball bounced
around in the six yard box, before falling to Salter who attempted to poke the ball into
the corner of the net from a falling position. The ball seemed to be going over the
line, but was halted be a desperate prone defender who seemed to use an arm to
claw the ball out for another corner. The referee didn’t see it, and the linesman was
unsighted, so nothing was given, but the noise in the ground hit new levels.
Dafyyd Jones brought off a great save low down to his left in the 70th minute, and
Perrott brought a great save from Foster in the home goal in the 78th minute as a
dipping 20 yard volley seemed to be screaming into the corner of the net. Frome
were now being roared on by their fans, but Hungerford came back and Frome had
to survive another period of sustained pressure.
Millard replaced Hulbert in the 85th minute, as his first touch of the ball saw him
clean through on goal, but Foster again did well to dive at the forwards feet and
smother the shot.
The last 5 minutes saw Hungerford throw everything at the Frome defence, but as
they have for the last four games in a row, Dafyyd Jones, Jamie Cheeseman, Matt
Peters, Greg Lake, Sim Allison and various others refused to succumb, and put their
bodies on the line when it was needed.
Fromes run of league games without defeat now extends to twelve games, the last
four of which have produced clean sheets.
Simeon Allison was chosen as Man of the Match after an excellent afternoon at left
back, where he continuously dealt with the threat from the Hungerford right wing.
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