Wednesday January 9th 2013 Paulton Rovers Home Wednesday 9th January 2013 Red Insure Cup 3rd Round Frome Town 3 Paulton 2 (AET - Score at 90 mins 1-1) Frome Scorers: Johnson (90+3), Brigham (103) & (109p) Paulton Scorers: Billing (34), Mapstone (101) Crowd: 162 Star Man: Darren Jefferies Entertainment Value: 3 Frome Town were going out of the Red Insure Cup until the 93rd minute when a stunning 30 yard strike from Martin Johnson came completely out of the blue to set up an entertaining 30 minutes of extra time, that then saw them progress to the last eight with two goals from substitute right back Josh Brigham in a 3-2 win over local rivals Paulton Rovers. On a cold night, Frome were pleased to welcome Dean Flockton back into the starting line up and it was good to see Josh Brigham on the bench as he featured in the squad for the first time this season after a long injury layoff. Returning Mark Cooper started at No.11, Rob Hobbs at No.6 and Darren Jefferies at No.10 in place of Mike Perrott. Frome started the match quickly and early pressure led to a great run by Darren Jefferies into the box and as he pulled the ball back, a left foot volley from Mark Cooper brought a great save from Kyle Phillips to push the ball out fro a corner. As the match settled, so it became more even and the early Frome pressure evaporated, with Billing almost getting a run on goal in the 26th minute, only to be denied by Flockton, but the 34th minute saw him open the scoring for Paulton as he confidently placed the ball wide of Darren Chitty as a right wing cross found him unmarked just outside the six yard box. Frome’s Dave Gilroy hobbled off holding his thigh in the 43rd minute to be replaced by Claudio Herbert, and though there was plenty of effort in the first half, no more chances led to the half time scoreline of 1-0 to Paulton. The second half was more of the same, with neither side carving out chances, and apart from a great save from Chitty in the 60th minute as he tipped a volley from Josh Jefferies over the bar, neither keeper was really troubled. Paulton looked the more likely to increase their lead as they always looked dangerous at corners, and Frome tended to play more high balls which really led to nothing as the Paulton defence were always in control of anything played in the air. With the referee just about to blow his whistle for time, quite a few of the crowd left for the warmth of their homes, but they missed one of the best goals of the season as, apparently from nothing,  Martin Johnson let fly with an absolute screamer of a shot that was always destined for the top corner and Phillips could get nowhere near the ball as it buried itself in the net to send the match into extra time. Paulton restored their lead in the 11th minute of extra time as Marcus Mapstone caught hold of a dropping ball and hit a great left foot swerving volley into the top corner of the Frome net from 25 yards, but then Frome made it 2-2 shortly afterwards as a left wing free kick was curled in, Dean Evans got up and headed the ball down towards the corner of the goal and Josh Brigham jubilantly claimed the final touch as the ball went over the line, with the Paulton team strongly claiming that he was offside. Frome finally worked out that if the ball is played along the ground into the path of Claudio Herbert, then his pace makes him quite a handful for defenders, and the 19th minute of extra time saw Tom Evans produce a peach of a ball out of defence to allow Herbert a run on goal from the right wing. His pace let him beat one defender and only an excellent save from Phillips denied him a goal, but as the ball came back to him he was bundled over by Mapstone and Brigham thumped home an unstoppable low penalty into the corner to make it 3-2 to Frome. As Frome looked to see out time, they won numerous corners, and the short corners that they started playing were probably some of the most best they have taken this year. One allowed Jefferies a run on goal that was only thwarted by a very good save from Phillips and another saw Dean Evans shoot just past the post. Maybe a good ploy for the future? Almost on the stroke of full time, Paulton very nearly sent the match into the dreaded penalty shoot out, but they were only denied by a miraculous goal line clearance from Tom Evans, and the whistle blew shortly afterwards to the end of an intriguing match.       The  “H&B Tyres Man of the Match” award was awarded to Darren Jefferies  for a good performance playing slightly higher up the field than normal.   Frome Town Paulton Officials I Parsons A Welsh M Hunter Match Photos Photos of this match taken by our expert photographer Chas Hadfield can be viewed by clicking on this rectangle Match Sponsor xxxx Ball Sponsor xxxxx Kyle Phillips Ben Osman Jack Alward Stuart Pearson Scott Brice Marcus Mapstone Josh Jefferies Ben Lacey James Billing Brad Norris Charlie Rich Steve Bridges Joe Vyner Nick McCootie Craig Loxton James Vincent