Match Reports Season 2010 / 11
Saturday February 19th 2011
Sat 19th Feb 2011
Zamaretto Southern League Div1 (SW)
Frome Town 0 Taunton Town 0.
Entertainment Value: 3
Star Man Jamie Cheeseman.
Frome Town's recent scoring drought continued as they were held to a goalless draw by
Taunton Town, but they had to play for 60 minutes with only ten men after Dean Evans was
shown a red card, and to their credit, looked the side most likely to break the deadlock for
much of the second half.
With the overnight rain making for a sticky pitch, the match started with Frome unusually
kicking towards the Clubhouse end, and they started brightly as Ballinger forced two corners
in quick succession, with Cheeseman heading the second over the bar as he rose above
everyone. A golden opportunity went begging in the third minute as Lewis did well on the left
wing and produced a cross that found Thomson unmarked, but he leant slightly backwards as
he headed the ball and it flew harmlessly over the crossbar. With Lewis and Evans both
getting half chances within the next few minutes, it seemed as if the drought would break
soon, but Taunton rode their luck and it took until the 22nd minute before Lewis had another
opportunity that went passed the post after a good Winter cross.
In a good natured encounter, both sets of fans were surprised when Frome's Dean Evans was
shown a straight red card for a tackle on Phil Veal that was more mistimed than malicious,
where normally a yellow card would have been the punishment, but it resulted in Taunton
having their first real attack of the match a few minutes later, with Chitty brought into action to
parry, then Rice hitting the top of the crossbar from long range a few seconds later.
As Frome adjusted to being one man short, they looked the side more likely to score and
Ballinger only just failed to get on the end of a Peters through ball in the 43rd minute, but the
half time whistle blew with the score even and Frome looking comfortable despite the
The second half started with Taunton applying pressure, and Chitty did well in the 50th minute
to deal with a high free kick and a low shot shortly afterwards. Taunton again looked
dangerous in the 61st minute as Piper broke on the left and produced a cross that led to a
shot over the Frome bar, but as the half wore on, Frome started to get more and more of the
possession. Perrott did well in the 67th minute to set Ballinger loose, and as the cross came
back in, he rose well and produced a header that just cleared the Taunton cross bar.
Frome's chance to win the match arrived in the 69th minute as a Brigham throw led to the ball
sitting up invitingly in the box for Thomson to shoot home, but he hesitated just long enough to
allow a brave block tackle that deflected the ball for a corner. As the corner came in, Perrott
produced a shot from the edge of the box that hit the Taunton cross bar, and once again the
score line remained untroubled.
Darren White replaced the hard working Chris Lewis in the 70th minute, and Frome started to
dominate the match with the majority of the play taking place in the Taunton half for the last
twenty minutes, but although Ballinger was causing problems on the right wing, the Taunton
defence always seemed to be in the right place to clear the ball, and although Cheeseman
managed to get the ball in the net in the 88th minute with a low header from a free kick, the
goal was disallowed for offside and the match ended all square.
Jamie Cheeseman was chosen as Frome's man of the match by vice chairman Terry Woolf
who had sponsored the match ball.