Match Reports Season 2010 / 11
Saturday August 28th 2010
Ilfracombe Home FA Cup
Sat 28th August 2010
FA Cup Preliminary Round
Frome Town 1 Ilfracombe 0
Frome Scorers: Thomson (13)
Entertainment Value: 3
Star Man: Jamie Cheeseman
Frome Town had to work hard to overcome a spirited Ilfracombe side, and eventually ran out
1-0 winners thanks to a rare headed goal from Ben Thomson.
On a perfect day and a perfect pitch, the first incident of note came in the 7th minute as the
referee suffered a pulled hamstring and was unable to continue, leading to an appeal for any
qualified referee in the crowd to assist. Luckily, Frome fan and ex goalkeeper Steve Cox was
able to come forward, and after an eight minute delay the match was able to continue.
Frome went close in the 10th minute as Evans chased a ball that the visitors keeper was
shepherding out of play, cleanly won the ball and was able to roll the ball towards the open
goal from a wide angle, but the defence had reacted first and the ball was cleared.
Frome took the lead three minutes later as they broke from defence, and an excellent flowing
move led to Lapham and Allison combining to set up Lake, who produced a perfect, measured
left wing cross allowing Thomson to rise in the box and glance the ball cleanly into the far
corner of the net.
As the game progressed, Ilfracombe were taking the game to Frome and playing a high
defensive line, and Frome were always looking for the delicate lob to allow the pace of Allison
and Evans to get in behind the defence, however the next chance came in the 34th minute as
Lapham hit a cross from a deep position, allowing Evans to climb and produce a header that
thumped against the Ilfracombe cross bar, eventually rebounding to safety.
Evans again hit the woodwork seven minutes later as the impressive Thomson cut inside from
the left wing and laid the ball into the striker's path, but this time the right foot shot from 15
yards cannoned off the base of the far post and was again safely cleared.
Even though Frome were having the better chances, Ilfracombe were having a lot of the game
and possession, and this pattern continued as the second half started. Ilfracombe's Parrish
suffered a shoulder injury in the 53rd minute that resulted in an ambulance being called, and
shortly after the re-start, Smith and Allison combined well to enable Allison to shoot just wide
of the near post.
As Ilfracombe chased the game, it turned into an end to end affair, with the visitors often
playing a three man defence and confining Frome to their own half. It always seemed
probable that the pacey Frome attack would make them suffer as they broke from defence,
but a combination of offside flags and poor final balls meant that Ilfracombe rode their luck
and were able to press for the majority of the second half, though with Chitty only having to
make a real save in the home goal in the 80th minute, it shows how well the Frome defence
were playing as the protected their goal.
Break-away attacks by Frome in the 85th and 93rd minutes, mainly involving Ballinger should
really have produced the second goal, but the first chance only led to a corner and the second
led to Sibbick shooting wide of the near post.
So Frome go through to the next round of the FA Cup, but Ilfracombe should be applauded for
their endeavour and the way they constantly carried the game to Frome.
Jamie Cheeseman was chosen as Frome's Man of the Match by representatives of Frome
Town Youth Coaches who sponsored the game