Paulton Rovers 0 Frome Town 1 Hulbert (50) Crowd:571 Man of the Match: Jamie Cheesman In this long awaited local derby, a Ricky Hulbert goal enabled Frome Town to come away with a famous victory that enabled them to swap places with Paulton in the league play-off positions, with Paulton eventually finishing the match with nine men on the field. After the Paulton Hospital Cup Final which had been played on Friday night, and after heavy rain over the weekend, the game was always going to be in doubt, but luckily a couple of dry days and a drying wind enabled the pitch to be prepared the morning before the match, and although perfectly playable, the heavy surface ensured that the game was never going to be a classic. Frome welcomed back Jamie Cheeseman and Jack Winter after injury, and were able to field a full strength squad with the exception of Alex Lapham and Matt Minnis, both with long term injuries. An excellent crowd of 571 (the highest of the day in this division) gathered to see if Frome could continue their good run against Paulton, and if the Frome travelling support could raise the roof of the stand as had happened the last time the two teams met in the league at Paulton. On a bright day with a blustery, chilly wind, Paulton kicked off playing down the slope and started to create early pressure through Lacey on the right wing, and as Frome struggled to find an answer to his pace, the 8th minute saw a low shot hit the base of the Frome post and rebound harmlessly into space. But as Frome settled, they began to cause Paulton a few problems, and the 10th minute saw Salter get his head to a Thomson left wing cross, with the ball just clearing the crossbar, and a couple of minutes later, Cheeseman poked a ball towards goal bringing a save from Philips in the home goal. An 18th minute left wing Thomson cross led to a sustained period of Frome pressure with desperate defending from Paulton, but the danger passed, and the game settled into an even encounter, with both sides looking dangerous from set pieces, but finding the pitch made flowing football difficult. The 35th minute saw a strong Frome appeal for a penalty as Paulton's Price seemed to wrestle Hulbert to the ground in the penalty area, but the referee remained unmoved. With Darren Perrin's voice struggling to last until half time, the whistle came with both sides having had half chances, the game evenly balanced, and with Frome probably looking forward to playing with the advantage of the wind and the slope in the second half. The second half started with action at both ends, but it was Frome who took the lead in the 50th minute as a mix up between Lock and Price enabled Ballinger to nip in and poke the ball out Salter on the right wing, who then cut inside, made ground, looked up and supplied the perfect low pass into the box that enabled the unmarked Hulbert to score easily from 5 yards. Hulbert very nearly doubled the score a minute later as he again cut in from the right and unleashed an excellent 20 yard drive that was screaming into the far corner before Philips brought off the save of the match to just tip the ball round the post. Paulton were reduced to 10 men in the 70th minute as tall defender John Lock was shown a straight red for a tackle on Hulbert that left the forward requiring treatment and resulted in a lot of pushing and shoving as the Frome players protested strongly about the tackle. Lock seemed to still be angry about an incident with Cheeseman a few minutes earlier, and as he raced across to get to a ball that Hulbert looked favourite to get to first, he launched himself off the ground and ended up with both legs wrapped round Hulbert. The referee had no hesitation in showing a straight red for the offence. As often happens when a side is reduced to ten men, Paulton probably had their best spell of the match, and Frome dropped deep to defend their lead, leaving Hulbert and Salter upfield to chase the clearances. It was an intriguing,  tense period and the crowd were strangely quiet as it seemed that Paulton might just grab a goal at the death, but the minutes ticked away and although Paulton had attacks and crosses, they were always dealt with comfortably by the Frome defence. With 5 minutes of injury time played, Paulton were reduced to nine men as Jordan Rose was shown a second yellow card for a tackle on Perrott, and the whistle blew shortly afterwards for a famous victory for the visitors. Darren Perrin celebrated with the players and the travelling support at the final whistle, and after the warm down, he stood at the entrance to the dressing rooms and shook every Frome player warmly by the hand. This match really was an important one. Jamie Cheeseman was awarded Frome's Man of the Match award for another storming performance on his return from injury. Frome Town Players Tom Pass Sim Allison Jack Winter Craig Fullam Jamie Cheeseman Matt Peters Mike Perrott Luke Ballinger Mark Salter (89)  Ricky Hulbert (88)  Ben Thomson Callum Henry Ben Osman Ash Caldwell Dave Thompson Mike Reaney  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 14 15 16 17 Paulton Rovers  Players Philips Rose Marshall Lock Price Smith Jefferies Lane Cooper Cleverley Lacey. Cousins Rich Milsom Kennedy Collier  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 14 15 16 17 Frome Town Management Darren Perrin Derek Graham Mike Clarke Shaun Baker Mike Kilgour   M A P K C Match Officials x x x   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)