Frome Town 0
Yate Town 0
Man of the Match: Matt Peters
Frome Town and Yate Town eventually shared the points in a 0-0 draw that never
really came to life, extending Frome’s unbeaten league run to eleven games and
producing their third clean sheet in the space of seven days.
With injuries and wedding commitments causing the loss of Callum Henry, Iain Carr,
Joe Gomes, Alex Lapham and Matt Minnis, manager Darren Perrin started the match
with Matt Peters moved to centre of midfield alongside new signing Jordan Metters,
with the wide midfield, forwards and defence showing the settled formations that
have performed so well over the past few matches.
On a cold, grey, November day with almost no wind, and on a softish pitch that had
recovered remarkably well from the standing water of the previous day,the match
started Frome were first to show as, in the 5th minute, Cheeseman rose to meet a
left wing corner, the ball falling to top scorer Ballinger who shot over the bar from 25
Frome were a little lucky in the 11th minute as a long Yate goal kick dropped invitingly
for Simpson, but the winger failed to get any force on the shot, and Jones saved
easily after anticipating the ball coming to him a little quicker, and diving early.
Frome came back with Ballinger in the 13th minute as a right foot shot fizzed past the
post from 25 yards, and the home crowd held their breath in the 13th minute as
Cheeseman wrapped an arm round Adams as the striker chased another long
through ball, but the referee only brandished a yellow card. Jones did well to punch
the ball clear from the resulting free kick.
As the half wore on, the match was struggling to really get going, with both defences
in charge, and chances few and far between. Reaney picked up an injury in the 32nd
minute, and was replaced by Dave Thompson, with Peters moving to right back.
Cheeseman just failed to get his head to a left wing free kick in the 33rd minute, and
Yate broke quickly causing Jones to come well out of his area to head the ball clear
when danger threatened.
At half time, the crowd looked forward to the second half with Frome attacking their
favoured Clubhouse end, hoping for the breakthrough that would lift the game and
get it moving, however, Yate started the quickest and Jones had to be very alert to
deal with a wickedly swerving 20 yard volley from Vahid after a defensive mistake.
Frome began to settle to their task, and the 53rd minute saw Salter pull a cross back
from the dead ball line, only for Hulbert to get his head to the ball but direct it back in
the same direction. Yate looked dangerous in the 62nd minute as a low, fast left wing
cross to the near post saw Lake do extremely well to flick the ball past the far post as
he slid in to retrieve the situation.
On 65 minutes, Ashley Clarke and Sim Allison (returning from injury) replaced Ricky
Hulbert and Jordan Metters, and this seemed to lift the team as Allison’s pace and
Clarke’s passing range contributed to Frome’s best spell of the match. As the tempo
increased, the home crowd started to get behind the team, and Salter went close in
the 67th minute as he poked the ball just over the bar in a crowded penalty area.
The 71st minute saw the chance of the match as a Frome right wing corner led to a
Ballinger 20 yard that thumped against the Yate bar and bounced straight down onto
Cheeseman’s knee, the ball cannoning off him, straight into the arms of Dempsey in
the visitor’s goal for what could be described as a fortunate let off for Yate.
However, Frome’s purple patch faded a little, Yate came more and more back into the
game and the last ten minutes of the match saw Yate spending a lot of time in the
Frome half, with only sporadic Frome raids to warm the crowd. Heavy rain started
falling with four minutes to go, and, maybe with this in mind, the referee blew the final
whistle with exactly two seconds of injury time added, which is probably a record at
the AlderSmith Stadium.
After three tough matches in a week, three clean sheets in a week, eleven league
matches unbeaten, the team were applauded off the pitch by the home supporters at
the end of the match.
Matt Peters was chosen as Man of the Match and was presented with the award by
Gary Collinson on behalf of MJC Properties who sponsored the match.
Mike Reaney (32)
Jordan Metters (65)
Ricky Hulbert (65)
Sim Allison (65)
D Thompson (32)
Ashley Clarke (65)
AFC Totton (A)
Mangotsfield Utd (A)
Thatcham Town (H)
North Leigh (H)
AFC Hayes (H)
Bishops Cleeve (H)
Windsor & Eton (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)
Taunton Town (A)
AFC Totton (H)
North Leigh (A)
Thatcham Town (A)
Bedfont Green (H)
Bishops Cleeve (A)
Paulton Rovers (A)
Hungerford Town (H)
Taunton Town (H)
Yate Town (A)
Gosport Borough (H)
Red Insure Cup
Clevedon Town (A)
Som Prem Cup
Weston s Mare (H)
Mark Salter on the ball against Yate Town
Mascot Jesse Sherrard with the Captains and
Gary Collinson presents Matt Peters with the
Man of the Match award on behalf of MJC
Properties who sponsored the game.