Match Reports Season 2010 / 11 Wednesday August 18th 2010 Bideford Home Wed 18th August 2010 Zamaretto Southern League Div 1 (SW) Frome Town 0 Bideford 2 Frome Scorers: None Bideford Scorers: Hawkings (18), Bye (56) Crowd: 248 Entertainment Value: 3 Star Man: Alex Lapham Frome Town's inability to find the net cost them dearly, as they were outsmarted by newly promoted Bideford, who were well worth their 2-0 victory on the night. The match was preceded by a minutes silence in honour of the Bill Harding, life long supporter, committee member and gate man for many years. The match started with Frome probably looking the brighter of the two sides, but a 9th minute ankle injury led to Hulbert being replaced by Allison, and it seemed to take a while for the side to get used to the new formation. The 11th minute saw home keeper Chitty just beating Bideford's Mudge to a long through ball, but the clearance was played straight back in and Chitty was forced to make an excellent stop low to his left to deny Bideford's Downing the opening goal. Frome continued to look shaky, but they went close in the 15th minute as Cheeseman caused problems at a corner allowing Evans a shooting opportunity that brought a point blank save from Ford in the visitors goal. The resulting corner again allowed a Frome header on goal, but this was headed off the line, resulting in a third corner in quick succession that eventually ended as free kick, with Ford obviously having problems dealing with the high ball on the night. Bideford took the lead on 19 minutes as a free kick just outside the Frome penalty area was blasted low and hard by Hawkings, with the ball just evading the wall and burying itself low in the far corner of the goal. Bideford now starting to look in control of the game, Frome needed a spark to get them going, and it was starting to come from the right wing as Ballinger started to create mischief, leading to a good Allison cross in the 35th minute that perfectly met the head of Minnis, but the header was just palmed over the bar by Ford. Bideford should have increased their lead in the 39th minute as Baker outjumped everyone at a left wing corner, but the header from 10 yards sailed over the bar to the relief of the home crowd. Frome missed a golden chance a minute later as Minnis managed to get on the end of delightful Lapham chip, but shot just past the post from an acute angle. At half time, the general feeling was that Frome had produced good periods of play, but not very often and not for very long, so the excellent crowd of 248 waited expectantly for the second half to see if the half time team talk might spice things up. A Lapham corner in the 52nd minute was only just cleared by a defender lofting the ball over his own cross bar, and in the 56th minute, Minnis won a race to the ball against Ford, played the ball back to Ballinger who found himself with an open goal to shoot at, but while his shot was true, a defender had managed to make the ground and block the ball on the line with his chest. Almost immediately, Bideford broke back and Mudge showed his class to play a ball in from the right wing to allow Bye to score with a clinical strike low into the corner of the home net from 15 yards to make it 2-0 to the away side and leaving Frome with a mountain to climb. The 66th minute saw a Lake cross headed back across the goal by Evans, with Ballinger returning the ball back across the goal and substitute Jordan just failing to bundle the ball over the line.  Chitty had to be alert in the home goal in the 73rd minute to save low to his left to deny Mudge from 20 yards. Frome continued with the policy of pumping high balls into the area, and with some success as Ford was having a problem dealing with them, but in truth, it was always going to be "one of those nights", and you always got the impression that it was more likely that Bideford would increase their lead as they counter attacked  with pace and intelligence. Frome's last chance came in the 92nd minute as Flockton rose to a right wing corner, but once again his flicked header was cleared off the line by a Bideford defender. Alex Lapham was chosen as Frome's Man of the Match by representatives of Clive Lewis Financial Ltd who had sponsored the match . Frome Town Bideford Officials Clive Lewis Financial Match Sponsors