Taunton Town 0 Frome Town 3 Ballinger (11) Minnis (69) Salter (74) Crowd:126 Man of the Match: Tom Pass Frome Town returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 victory margin over Taunton Town in a match that was notable for numerous missed chances at either end. On a cold February night and on a pitch that made ball control very difficult, Darren Perrin gave a debut start to new signing Ben Osman in midfield, and also included Greg Lake at left back for what may be his last game for the Club depending on the outcome of the approach from Gloucester City for the services of the talented defender. Frome started kicking up the slope and applied early pressure to the home defence, as Ballinger broke through in the 7th minute bringing a save from Jones, and Salter also broke clean through the defence one minute later, but his first touch bobbled on the pitch and Jones was able to save at his feet. Frome took the lead in the 11th minute as Thomson accelerated into the box from the left wing, producing a shot that Jones was only able to parry, the ball running along the goal line where Ballinger slid in to force the ball over the line from very close range. At this stage, it was all Frome pressure, but Taunton went close in the 16th minute with their first attack that ended in a shot into the side netting from Veal, and this seemed to lift them as the game became an end to end affair, with Taunton having several shooting chances from open play and  very dangerous long throws, but in all cases the forwards were unable to hit the target and the shots either went wide or way over the Frome bar. Frome always looked dangerous in attack with Ballinger attracting the attentions of three defenders whenever he ran at the defence, but the final ball or the final shot was never quite good enough, and the score remained 1-0 to Frome at half time. The second half started in much the same way as the first half had finished, with neither side able to really master the conditions and numerous off target shots at either end. Jones was becoming the busier of the two keepers as Frome started to make use of the slope and he was called into action in the 55th and 58th minute making good saves from Ballinger and Salter. Perrott missed a golden chance in the 59th minute as he got on the end of an excellent Thomson free kick, but his header flew across the face of the goal just missing the far post. Salter threw himself at an excellent Ballinger cross in the 62nd minute, but his header from 10 yards just skimmed the crossbar, and the travelling support began to wonder if the ball was ever going to go into the net. Two Osman free kicks in quick succession seemed to find Cheeseman and Perrott unmarked on the far post, but both times the ball just seemed to evade them. With Darren Perrin becoming increasingly exasperated in the technical area, he replaced Ricky Hulbert with Matt Minnis in the 68th minute and the change had an immediate effect as Minnis immediately slammed home a low Ballinger right wing cross with his first touch of the ball, some 30 seconds after coming on. Minnis was involved in the Frome's 3rd  goal  in the 74th minute, as he beat the offside trap, controlled the ball and played Thomson into space on the left wing, his low cross being met by Salter who poked the ball home from ten yards to effectively seal the game. With rumours of a member of the Taunton management team having packed up and left 20 minutes before the end, circulating round the ground, the night was summed up for Taunton in the 91st minute as a 25 yard free kick was hit a good 20 yards over the bar, leaving the Club with a massive hill to climb to stay in the Southern League this year. A strange game, often reminiscent of a Western League match, Frome always looked more dangerous, but if Taunton had a striker who could hit the target it might have been a very different result. As it was, Frome's goalkeeper Tom Pass was chosen as Man of the Match, even though the side won 3-0 .... it really was a strange game. Frome Town Players Tom Pass Mike Reaney Greg Lake Callum Henry (77) J Cheeseman Ben Osman (77) Mike Perrott Luke Ballinger Mark Salter Ricky Hulbert (68) Ben Thomson Matt Peters Matt Minnis (68) D Thompson (77) Ashley Clarke (77) Mike Clark  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 14 15 16 17 Taunton  Players Russell Jones Alexis Piper Dave Anthony Danny Lane Dan Short James Clough Andy Butler John Harris Craig Veal Rodney Marsh Darren Rice. 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