Saturday August  4th  2012 Merthyr Town Home Saturday 4th August 2012 Friendly Frome Town 2 Merthyr Town 1 Frome Scorers: Tom Evans (22p), Alex Lapham (33) Merthyr Scorers: Ryan Prosser (40p) Crowd: 118 Entertainment Value: 4 An entertaining, competitive friendly eventually saw Frome run out 2-1 winners thanks to a 25 yard free kick into the top corner from Alex Lapham. An even start saw Frome with the first chance as Dean Evans chested the ball down into the path of Claudio Herbert, but the young striker put the ball wide of the far post, and after Merthyr’s left back Ian Traylor had caused Frome problems at the back as he twice got behind them, Frome took the lead in the 22nd minute as Tom Evans smashed home a penalty after a clear handball from a Merthyr defender. Frome doubled their lead in the 33rd minute as Alex Lapham brought back memories with a 25 yard free kick that curled into the top corner, to give him his first goal for a couple of years, and hopefully the first of many. Merthyr made it 2-1 in the 40th minute as Ryan Bennett was somewhat harshly penalised for pushing Luke Jones as he shepherded the ball out of play, and Ryan Prosser hit the penalty hard and straight down the middle to give Darren Chitty no real chance. After a couple of flashes of brilliance from Matt Smith at the start of the second half, Merthy very nearly equalised as a Prosser shot hit the underside of the Frome bar, but then bounced down and back into play without crossing the line. The usual mass substitutions halfway through the second half made little real difference to the pattern of the match, and Frome had a chance to extend their lead in the 82nd minute as Carl Foster shot straight at Giles Cutlan from 10 yards, but then Merthyr almost snatched the equaliser right at the end as Dean Flockton cleared off the line and a Merthyr header went just past the post from the resulting corner. Frome Town Merthyr Town Giles Cutlan Steve Williams Ian Traylor Jon Newall Jason Welsh Gary Colborne Allun Griffiths Ryan Dorian Ryan Prosser Ryan Newman Luke Jones Marcus Griffiths Jack Howe Owen Davis Olly Wearne Josh Powell 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 xxxx Mascot xxxxx