Match Reports Season 2010 / 11 Wednesday December 15th 2010 Gosport Borough Home Wednesday December 15th 2010 Zamaretto Southern League Div 1 (SW) Frome Town 2 Gosport Borough 1 Frome Scorers: Cheeseman (10), Evans (60) Gosport Scorers: Taylor (11) Entertainment Value: 4 Crowd: 142 Star Man: Darren Chitty Frome Town set a new "modern times" club record as they recorded their eleventh consecutive league victory by defeating a good Gosport side, thanks to goals from Cheeseman and Evans which saw them firmly established in second place in the Southern League. With Mike Perrott absent, Darren Perrin's starting line up included Max Etheridge playing up front alongside Darren White for the first time, as the striker returned from a 6 week injury lay off after sustaining a fractured jaw in an earlier match. The pitch looked good and the weather was probably the warmest evening for a couple of weeks, but the crowd of 142 was disappointing considering that Frome were going for the record of consecutive wins. The match started brightly with both sides playing attractive football on the ground, but Frome quickly started to get the upper hand and Thomson brought a good save from Hutchings in the 5th minute as he stepped inside his marker and let fly with a 20 yard right foot shot that was heading for the top corner. The resulting corner again led to a chance as the ball rebounded to White who found himself onside in the box, but Hutchings again did well to dive at the striker's feet and smother the ball. Frome's early pressure paid off in the 10th minute in slightly bizarre fashion as Cheeseman chased a high ball into the Gosport box. As the ball fell, he outjumped Hutchings and headed the ball over the keeper, but the ball hit the crossbar, came down, was partially cleared by a combination of keeper and defender, but Cheeseman was able to follow up and push the ball into the net from very close range. Frome's lead only lasted a minute though, as a Gosport attack on the right wing led to the ball being played in to the unmarked James Taylor who was able to stroke the ball home from 10 yards giving Chitty no chance in the home goal. The game now turned into a fast "end to end" affair, and only a last ditch tackle by Brigham saved the day for Frome in the 13th minute, then three minutes later, White and Ballinger combined with a neat 1-2 that ended with Ballinger striking the far post with a low shot from 15 yards as he cut in from the right. The entertaining first half continued in the same vein right up to the half time whistle, but both defences seemed to get to grips with the pace of the game and chances were restricted to long range efforts with the half time score of 1-1 being a fair reflection of the match so far. The second half started as evenly as the first, with both sides looking dangerous, but Ballinger was starting to make telling runs on the right wing, and it was one of these that brought Frome's second goal in the 60th minute. As the run ended with a cross that seemed to be slightly over hit, Evans performed miracles at the far post to stretch and just get a toe to the ball that seemed to be going out of play. The ball came gently back towards to the goal and was just headed off the line by a defender, but as it lobbed up into the air, Evans sprang to his feet, made the ground and was able to blast the ball home from very close range for a very sharp opportunist goal. Gosport proved that they had come with the intention of spoiling the Frome party, and started to really get the ball down and attack the Frome defence and for long periods, White was operating as a lone striker as Frome were penned into their own half, but a combination of good defending and the immaculate positioning and handling of Chitty in the home goal thwarted all Gosport's efforts. As the time ticked away and Gosport pushed up even more, Frome had the chance in the 89th minute to really seal the match as Ballinger broke the right, cut inside and played the ball to Evans. His shot cannoned to White who was able to hit the the ball towards goal, only to see a defender clear the ball off the line. Shortly afterwards the final whistle blew and the the record breaking team were rightly applauded off the pitch by the home crowd. This eleven match run of victories has now eclipsed the previous best run of ten victories recorded during Frome's title winning campaign in the Toolstation First Division, but then the team were so much better than much of the opposition that it was almost expected. This current team have created the record in only their second season in the Southern League and against much better opposition, often winning against all the odds due to their team spirit, fitness and their refusal to even consider defeat. Darren Perrin, his management team and the entire playing squad should be applauded for this phenomenal achievement. On  a night when everyone played well, goalkeeper Darren Chitty was chosen as the man of the match for his ability to always be in the right place at the right time, catch everything thrown at him and calm everyone around him. Frome Town Gosport Officials Match Sponsor xxxxxx Rob Lewis James Southall Ryan Ferguson Josh Warren B Huxtable R Morris A Penwell Match Ball xxxx Nick Hutchings Dean Arnold Dave Birmingham Alex Ward Pete Castle Aaron Cooke Pat Cox Daniel Wooden Ian Jones Justin Bennett James Taylor Mascots Isobel Stevens