Match Reports Season 2010 / 11
Wednesday January 12th 2011
Wednesday 12th Jan 2011
Zamaretto Southern League Division 1 (SW)
Frome Town 1 Almondsbury Town 4
Frome Scorers: Peters (28)
Almondsbury Scorers: Mahdi(50), Griffiths (55), Mahdi (59), Stearn (71)
Entertainment Value: 3
Star Man: Matt Peters.
Scoring four goals in the second half has become a bit of a habit for Frome Town recently, but
in this match, the roles were reversed and Frome conceded four second half goals as
Almondsbury Town applied themselves to the conditions well and turned a 1-0 half time deficit
into a 4-1 victory, comprehensively ending Frome's fourteen match unbeaten run.
After continuous rain during the day, the match was in doubt right up to the kickoff, and with
the rain still falling, the decision to play the match must have been borderline, but the referee
made the decision that the surface was playable, and although tricky to play on, the decision
proved to be correct.
Darren Perrin was without the services of Dean Flockton and Mike Perrott (both injured) and
Mike Reaney started alongside Jamie Cheeseman at the heart of defence, with Luke Ballinger
moving in at 7 and Darren White starting at 10 alongside Toby Osman.
The match started in the pouring rain, with the pitch sticky in places, but no standing water,
and Almondsbury's first attack in the 10th minute showed how difficult it was for defenders to
turn and for goalkeepers to hold the ball. Frome's Cooper slipped as he attempted to tackle,
then gave away a free kick just outside the box. As the free kick came in, the ball slid from
Chitty's grasp but the follow up shot was blocked on the line and luckily the ball rebounded
straight to Chitty who grasped it at the second attempt. Almondsbury again looked dangerous
two minutes later as a shot was headed over his own bar by a Frome defender, with the
resultant corner being headed just over the bar by the unmarked Scott Brice.
Frome composed themselves a bit more after this and Brigham sent a low shot skidding past
the post in the 17th minute, with Thomson and Toby Osman combining well to set up Ballinger
in the 22nd minute, but his header was misdirected. The opening goal of the match came in
the 28th minute as a Ballinger through ball set up Peters who was able to advance and firmly
strike the ball from 18 yards low into the corner of the Almondsbury goal for a well worked
The rest of the second half was generally even, with only the occasional long range shots
causing the occasional chances, but the crowd at half time were satisfied with the score and
looking forward to the second half goal fest that they had come to expect from the Frome.
How wrong they were.
Almondsbury came hurtling out of the traps after the half time break, and a a 48th minute shot
fizzed past the Frome post to announce their intentions. The equaliser came in the 50th
minute as a right wing free kick was punched out by Chitty, only for substitute Mahdi to
immediately drive the ball low into the corner of the Frome goal from 10 yards out. Three
minutes later and Frome only just survived another carbon copy free kick, this time the low
shot just cleared the far post.
Almondsbury were now making full use of the conditions and were running with the ball at
defenders, knowing that the back pedalling defender would have problems changing direction,
and they took the lead in the 55th minute as a left wing run and cross led to ex Frome player
Dean Griffiths nodding the ball cleanly home at the near post, much to his obvious delight.
Almondsbury went 3-1 up in the 59th minute as the dangerous Mahdi again cut in from the left
wing and released a 25 yard shot that thumped into the chest of Darren Chitty who would
normally have held the ball every time, but the this time the greasy ball slid off his jersey, past
his despairing hands and flew straight into the net.
Frome were stung into action, White was replaced by Hulbert and Toby Osman by brother
Ben, but the impetus stayed with Almondsbury and while the Frome strikers always seemed to
be receiving the ball with their backs to goal, the Almondsbury strikers were always being
played into space in the direction they were running.
The killer goal arrived in the 71st minute as Stearn produced a superb, dipping, 30 yard volley
that flew over Chitty and clipped the underside of the bar as it dropped into the net for the goal
of the game and to make the score 4-1.
Almondsbury pretty much controlled the rest of game, and apart from a 73rd minute Ballinger
dipping volley that Matthews saved well by tipping the ball over the bar, Frome never really
looked liked coming back into the game and Almsondsbury ran out worthy winners.
Frome were applauded off the pitch at the end of the match as the crowd realised that while
they had been well beaten on the night, their run of thirteen wins from a fourteen match
unbeaten sequence was truly something to be proud of.
Matt Peters was chosen as man of the match by representatives of Silver Spoon Catering who
had sponsored the match