Tuesday March 19th 2013 Arlesey Away Tuesday 19th March 2013 Red Insure Southern League Cup Final 1st Leg Arlesey 1 Frome Town 0 Frome Scorers: None Arlesy Scorers: Dillon (48) Crowd: TBA Star Man: Dean Flockton Entertainment Value: 4 A good performance in this first leg of the Red Insure Cup final saw Frome Town narrowly beaten 1-0 by Arlesey and the close result means that it’s all to play for in the second leg to be played at Frome on Tuesday April 9th. Frome started the match brightly and some positive early pressure led to the first chance in the 11th minute as Josh Brigham, Luke Ballinger and Mitch Bryant combined well on the right to set up Jordan Copp and as he rolled the ball back to Matt Smith, the midfielder was only denied by a last ditch block. Frome’s pressure led to a big chance in the 21st minute as a Ballinger cross struck a defending hand and Frome were awarded a rare penalty. Josh Brigham strode up and blasted the ball goalwards, only to be denied by a superb save from home keeper Nathan Abbey, As the match settled, chances became few and far between and the only chance of note came in the 35th as an effort from Arlesey’s Aston Goss was deflected into the path of Chris Dillon who managed to miss the target from ten yards out. The psychologically important first goal arrived in the third minute of the second half as a cross from Arlesey’s Cameron Mawer was floated over and Dillon headed home easily with little challenge to give the home side the lead. The 57th minute saw Arlesey go close again as Ryan Frater headed a Drew Roberts free kick over the bar, but a minute later Frome almost equalised as Abbey denied Bryant with a great low save, and then recovered quickly to turn away a long range shot from Smith. As both sides looked for a goal, Ballinger went close with a deflected free kick that span just wide with the keeper stranded, and then a great cross from Arlesey’s Cameron Mawer saw the ball handled towards goal by Drew Roberts, which earned him a yellow card. Darren Chitty saved well from Shane Blackett in the 76th and Dean Evans saw a volley go just wide in the 82nd, but the scorer wasn’t troubled again and the final is nicely balanced for the return leg, where the first goal of the night will surely be ultra important.   The  “H&B Tyres Man of the Match” award was awarded to centre back Dean Flockton for an impressive display in heart of the defence. Frome Town Arlesey Officials xxx xxx xxx Match Photos Photos of this match taken by our expert photographer Chas Hadfield can be viewed by clicking on this rectangle Match Sponsor xxx Ball Sponsor xxx Nathan Abbey Cameron Mawer David Galbraith Shane Blackett Ryan Frater Ben Farrell Jeanmal Prosper Ollie Thorne Chris Dillon Drew Roberts Aston Goss Stuart Farrell Leon Hibbert Chris Marsh Kim Forsyth Nick Bussey