Frome Town 2   North Leigh 1 Hulbert (38) Hole (28) Gomes (49) Crowd: 202 Man of the Match: Ricky Hulbert Frome Town gave new manager Darren Perrin a winning start with a 2-1 victory over a useful North Leigh side, the goals coming from Ricky Hulbert on his return to the Club, and an absolute stunner from Joe Gomes. With Mark Salter still recovering from a broken collar bone, Jamie Cheeseman also missing due to injury, Darren Perrin included 4 new signings in the starting line up, with Callum Henry starting at centre back, Iain Carr playing just in front of the back four, and Ricky Hulbert and Matt Minnis as the twin strike force. The very good crowd of 202 waited expectantly to see how the game would progress against a North Leigh side that had only been beaten once in the league this season. Frome definitely looked " up for it", and started well, with both strikers causing trouble with intelligent running off the ball into space, and the midfield playing the ball around well. Peters struck a shot into Worral's chest in the 1st minute, and Minnis also troubled the keeper in the 8th minute after being set up by a clever Hulbert back heel. Frome's defence looked settled, and with good football being played through the midfield, the visiting keeper was kept busy, though there were few clear cut chances. In the home goal, Jones had hardly touched the ball all afternoon, but in the 28th minute he was picking the ball out the net as North Leigh took the lead against the run of play. With almost their first attack of the match, they won a right wing corner, and as the corner was swung in, Helby rose at the near post to flick the ball on, allowing Hole to easily head the ball down and into the goal. Conceding the goal seemed to knock Frome out of their stride, and North Leigh began to look as if they would increase their lead, but Frome hit back in the 38th minute as Lapham did very well to get to the dead ball line on the right wing and then produced a perfrctly hit cross that allowed Hulbert to guide his header past Worral into the far corner of the goal for a very well worked goal. Frome went close again in the 39th minute as Lake produced a sublime piece of skill to flick the ball over a defender, trap it in one move and produce a telling left wing cross that very nearly drifted in at the far post, but the goal survived. North Leigh went close with the last kick of the half as Taylor latched onto a long right wing cross but managed to put the ball over the bar from 10 yards out. At half time, it was a finely balanced match, and in perfect weather, the crowd looked forward to an intriguing second half. Frome were the first to show as a Lake free kick curled towards the far post, only just being cleared for a corner, and they took the lead in the 49th minute with a goal that will be remembered for a long time. Peters produced a right wing cross that was headed out by a defender, but the ball fell to Gomes who instinctively hit a stunning right foot volley that screamed into the net from fully 35 yards giving Worral no chance and treating the crowd to a goal that would have graced any match at any level. North Leigh now decided that they needed to do something, and started to put together moves that began to ask questions of the Frome defence, leading to a period of play that saw much of the match being played in the Frome half. However, the defence held out well, successfully defending several free kicks and setting loose the Frome forwards who always looked dangerous on the break. With Gomes attempting several other long range shots that failed to find the target, but North Leigh having a lot of possession, the eventual outcome was always in the balance. Piotrowski replaced Minnis in the 63rd minute and had a good game, always capable of running with the ball and operating as a lone striker. Frome very nearly wrapped the game up in the 83rd minute as Piotrowski twisted and turned, eventually setting up Lapham who saw two goal bound shots saved by Worral in the space of a couple of seconds. North Leigh had a chance to equalise one minute later, but Hole hit his snapshot over the bar from 15 yards to waste a golden opportunity. The final whistle blew with only a minute of injury time played, and both teams were applauded off the pitch after and excellent, intriguing match. Jeremy Alderman (Club President)  of J Alderman Ltd., the match sponsors, presented Ricky Hulbert with the man of the match award after scoring in his first game on his return to Frome Town. Frome Town Players Daffyd Jones Matt Peters (c) Greg Lake Callum Henry Craig Fullam Iain Carr Alex Lapham Sim Allison Ricky Hulbert Matt Minnis Joe Gomes Tom Piotrowski Steve Hunt Dan Harvey Sean Percival Ashley Clarke  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 14 15 16 17 North Leigh  Players Sam Worral Aaron Posey Ryan Curtin Andrew Helby Stuart Huxley Karl Dodds Jason Smith Stuart Hole Matty Taylor Andy McCake Chris Allen Robbie Wyatt Alfie Saunders Ady Holder None None  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 14 15 16 17 Frome Town Management Darren Perrin Mike Kilgour Derek Graham Mike Clarke Shaun Baker   M C A P K Match Officials P Brown A Smith A Hunter   R A A Zamaretto League Match Reports Abingdon (H) AFC Totton (A) Mangotsfield Utd (A) Thatcham Town (H) VTFC (A) North Leigh (H) Andover (A) Bracknell (A) AFC Hayes (H) Bridgwater (A) Cirencester (H) Andover (H) Bishops Cleeve (H) Windsor & Eton (A) Uxbridge (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) Uxbridge (H) Cirencester (A) Taunton Town (A) Bridgwater (H) Windsor&Eton (H) Abingdon (A) AFC Totton (H) North Leigh (A) Thatcham Town (A) VTFC (H) Mangotsfield (H) Bedfont Green (H) Bishops Cleeve (A) Paulton Rovers (A) Cinderford (A) Hungerford Town (H) Taunton Town (H) Yate Town (A) Gosport Borough (H) FA Cup  Hamworthy (A) FA Trophy Chippenham (A) Red Insure Cup Clevedon Town (A) Som Prem Cup Weston s Mare (H) Bridgwater (H) Captain Matt Peters with young mascot Ben Halford  Jeremy Alderman of J Alderman Ltd presents Ricky Hulbert with the Man of the Match award. Gavin Hares presents Craig Fullam with the Apricot Engraving Player of the Month award for August.