Saturday January 28th  2012 Bashley Away Saturday 28th January 2012 Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Bashley 1 Frome Town 1 Frome Scorers: Perrott (43p) Brackley Scorers: Whitley (33) Crowd: 201 Entertainment Value: 4 Star Man: Mike Perrott A stunning penalty save from Darren Chitty and a battling display from the rest of the side earned Frome Town a hard fought 1-1 draw at Bashley in an intriguing match that was full of incident. Frome started very brightly and took the game to Bashley in the opening few minutes, with the first chance of the match arriving after 5 minutes as a long Mike Perrott through ball allowed Ricky Hulbert to outstrip his marker, but his attempt to roll the ball just inside the far post missed its target by a couple of feet. As the match settled, Bashley started to assert themselves in midfield, and the match became more even, but then Frome had a golden chance in the 19th minute as Perrott stormed through from midfield, drew three defenders and played a perfect through ball to Shaun Bension, but his left shot shot from just inside the box missed the far post by a long way. The 26th minute saw a scare for Frome as Bashley broke from a corner and swiftly counter attacked, with Ian Oliver going round Chitty as he broke into the box, but luckily the ball ran out of play before he could pull it back from the deadball line. With the referee starting to brandish slightly premature yellow cards in what was a robust, but  fair encounter, Bashley took the lead in the 33rd minute as a free kick from distance was floated into the Frome box. Chitty seemed to have it covered, but he then collided with two defenders and the ball dropped to the ground allowing Luke Whitley to easily roll the ball into the unguarded net from 10 yards. Frome survived a scare 4 minutes later as Mark Cooper was left on the ground and Oliver advanced on goal but his left foot cross went across goal without anyone getting a touch, and then in the 42nd minute, Frome generated some pressure on the left wing with Ben Thomson getting in a cross that caused problems in the Bashley defence. As the ball came back out to Thomson, he accelerated into the box, collided with Jack Smith, went to ground and the referee pointed to the penalty spot for a decision which did not please the home fans. Perrott scored easily from the spot to give him his first goal of the season and Frome were probably the better side for the few minutes until half time. The start of the second half again saw Frome looking the more dangerous, with half chances falling to Benison and Thomson, and a fumble by Stewart Kearn in the 7th minute saw the ball fall to Benison, but as it became trapped in a forest of legs, the referee blew for a foul by the attacker. The 57th minute saw drama as Tom Evans lost possession allowing Oliver to attack on the left wing, and as Cooper slid in to try and intercept the ball, the low cross hit his raised arm and the referee blew for a penalty. Dave Allen took the penalty and it was well struck and heading into the corner, but Chitty threw himself superbly to his right and produced one of the saves of the season to keep the scores level. Frome applied pressure to the Bashley goal in the 80th minute, but then a quick counter attack on the right wing lead to a cross and a header from Mark Gamble that thudded against the Frome crossbar with Chitty well beaten. The remainder of the match was played at a furious pace, with both sides going for the winner and neither taking any prisoners, especially in the midfield battle. Frome brought on new signing Aaron Ledgister in the 85th minute and his pass out to Luke Ballinger led to a cross that evaded three attckers in the box, with the excellent Matt Smith just putting the ball wide as it arrived unexpectedly. Ballinger then had a chance for the winner in the 91st minute as some trickery in the penalty area gave him a shooting chance but the ball wouldn’t fall quickly enough and his volley cleared the bar. All in all, a draw was a fair result and this match was played with an intensity that made it seem like an old fashioned cup tie. There were probably 7 or 8 yellow cards shown, equally shared between the sides, but this match was never bad tempered, just hard and fair. Mike Perrott was chosen as Man of the Match for an excellent midfield performance and lets hope that his first goal of the season will open the floodgates now.      Frome Town Bashley Stewart Kearn Jack Smith Matt Finlay Gary Middleton (c) Luke Whitley Liam Green Josh Casey Dave Allen James Stokoe Mark Gamble Ian Oliver Matt Vokes Joe Prodoma Stefan Penny Carl Foster Bradley Hull Officials R: M. Webb A: P. Knight A: S. Barclay