Match Reports Season 2010 / 11
Monday April 25th 2011
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Monday April 25th 2011
Zamaretto Southern League Div 1 (SW)
Frome Town 1 Paulton Rovers 0
Frome Scorers: Lewis ( 8)
Entertainment Value: 4
Star Man: Ryan Bennett
With Frome Town resting Jamie Cheeseman, Dean Flockton, Josh Brigham, Matt Peters,
Dean Evans, Mike Perrott, Tom Pass, Mark Cooper and Ricky Hulbert prior to the big playoff
semi final at Mangotsfield on Thursday, you might think that Paulton Rovers would have had a
fairly easy task in front of them in this end of season derby. You might think that, but you
would have been wrong and Frome showed the strength in depth that the club have and
easily matched Paulton, winning 1-0 thanks to a superb Chris Lewis strike in the 8th minute.
A good crowd of 287 gathered for this final match of the season but the home crowd were
disappointed to see ever present Ben Thomson hobble off after 6 minutes, which must cast a
doubt over his fitness for Thursday. Reynold Turnock replaced him and as Frome pressed in
the 8th minute, a long Paulton clearance was controlled well by Jack Metcalf, who looked up
and passed the ball to Chris Lewis who controlled the ball with his back to goal, turned and
unleashed a superb volley from fully 30 yards that bounced once and then buried itself in the
corner of the Paulton net.
Paulton were stung into action and started to take the game to Frome, but they never really
looked threatening, and Frome always looked likely to hit them with a counter attack.
Paulton's keeper Phillips was forced to make two headers 15 yards out of the penalty area as
he found himself playing sweeper in the 16th minute, and twice in the next few minutes Lewis
and White combined well, with the Paulton defence only just clearing the ball in time.
Frome's captain Matt Smith let fly from 30 yards in the 32nd minute with a shot that just
cleared the far post, and Ryan Bennett was unlucky with a header from a corner in the 38th
minute. With Frome's returning goalkeeper Darren Chitty looking as solid as ever at the back,
and the defence of Bennett, Reaney, Metcalf and Allison performing tightly as a unit, Paulton's
best chance of the half came in the 45th minute as Frome's McKenna glanced a Cleverley
free kick with his head and Chitty was forced to just tip the ball over the bar to prevent an own
Turnock very nearly increased Frome's lead within 20 seconds of the restart as he burst into
the Paulton box, but a deflection took the ball away for a corner. Jordan replaced Lewis in the
48th minute and Paulton started to show signs of obvious frustration as they failed to cause
Frome any real problems at all.
Darren White's shirt showed how strong modern fabrics must be as he caused Price real
problems in the box in the 61st minute, and a few seconds later he was presented with a
golden chance as Paulton's Barnes passed the ball directly to him at a range of 10 yards, but
his dinked ball over Phillips bounced agonisingly past the far post. The 66th minute saw White
produce a superb run into the Paulton box, ending with a perfect left foot cross that just
evaded Turnock on the far post.
Frome were almost caught on the hop in the 76th minute as Paulton broke quickly from
defence, but Metcalf and Reaney showed their pace as they recovered quickly to break up the
attack. Jordan and Turnock combined well in the 81st minute with Turnock perhaps taking one
touch too many and the shot was easily saved by Phillips.
There was no real barnstorming end to the match, Frome looked comfortable and always
likely to pinch another goal, and Paulton never really achieved a shot on the goal in the
entirely ninety minutes, so full credit to a Frome side that were certainly playing together as a
team for the very first time.
The entire playing squad and management were given a standing ovation at the end of the
match, and regardless of what happens in the playoff matches, this is the highest position that
Frome have ever finished in their entire history.
Ryan Bennett was chosen as man of the match by representatives of Clive Lewis Financial
Ltd who had sponsored the match.