Match Reports Season 2010 / 11
Wednesday November 17th 2010
Wednesday 17th November 2010
Frome Town 1 Sholing 0
Frome Scorers: T Osman (58)
Sholing Scorers: None
Star Man: MIke Perrott
Entertainment Value: 4
Frome Town made it eight league wins in succession and they did it in the best possible way
with a excellent, hard fought 1-0 victory over previously unbeaten runaway league leaders
On an excellent pitch after the heavy rain of the day, the match started quietly, with both
teams content to get the measure of the midfield battle and chances few and far between. A
30 yard effort from Perrott thumped into the midriff of Hookway in the 7th minute and White
did well in the 15th minute as he cut inside from the right and laid the ball back perfectly into
the path of Evans, but the 25 yard shot cleared the bar with ease.
Sholing almost seemed content to settle for the draw as the half wore on and Frome were
definitely more pro-active at getting the ball forward and looking to score. The 31st minute saw
Reaney let fly with a 25 yard screamer that was just pushed round the post for a corner and
the 38th minute saw Evans hammer the ball from the edge of the area with White getting a
flick to the ball that took it very close to the top corner of the goal.
It seemed like the first half was desitined to finish with no goals, but then Sholing had the best
chance of the match as a close range header was well saved by Chitty with seconds
remaining, which was the first real time that the home keeper had been called into action.
With the two best defences in the Southern League, and Sholing seeming content with a
point, it seemed like a stalemate was the most likely outcome of the match, and the start of
the second half again saw Frome tending to be the more active side. Darren Perrin brought on
Luke Balling in place of Darren White in the 53rd minute and Mike Perrott moved up alongside
Osman in a 4-4- 2 formation as Ballinger stayed wide on the right touchline.
Frome took the lead in the 58th minute as a Perrott picked up the ball in the centre circle and
produced a superb run directly towards the heart of the Sholing defence that left several
defenders floundering in his wake. As he reached the edge of the area, a last ditch slide tackle
managed to take the ball away, but the ball ran directly to Ballinger who cut inside and
produced a low right foot shot that Hookway managed to initially save. What exactly happened
after this is open to debate, but a goal line clearance by a defender was followed by the sight
of Hookway seemingly trying to scramble the ball back over the line and Osman wheeling
away in triumph. The goal was awarded to Osman, but nobody watching was really sure
exactly what had happened.
Going one down definitely brought a change of attitude from Sholing and apart from a couple
of breakaways, Frome were then forced into a rearguard action for the next half hour as
Sholing showed exactly what a good side they can be. Toby Osman was replaced by brother
Ben, and Frome packed the midfield and defended continuously for long periods as they
struggled to retain possession, but it worked, and although Sholing created several chances,
there was always a defender prepared to throw himself in the way to prevent the shot going in.
Make no mistake, this was a top class performance by Frome as they showed that they have
a spirit that never accepts defeat and a defence that is capable of withstanding long periods of
pressure without conceding. Every player produced a top notch performance on the night, with
Mike Reaney’s performance at left back worthy of special praise.
The final whistle blew to home celebrations and the victory saw Frome climb to second place
in the league. Mike Perrott was chosen as man of the match by match sponsors Number 7 for
an excellent midfield and attacking performance.
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