Frome Town Banbury Officials B Cobb A Laishley P Knight Match Sponsor Moore Stephens Ball Sponsor Barry White Wednesday  January 15th 2014 Banbury Home Wednesday 15th January 2014 Calor League Southern Premier Division Frome Town 3 Banbury 2 Frome Scorers: Vallis (4), Francis (43), Wood (47) Banbury Scorers: Bridges (40p), Abrahams (45) Crowd: 133 Star Man: Kris Miller Entertainment Value: 5 It’s finally happened!!  Frome Town won their first home league game since March of last year as they produced a superb performance to win 3-2 against Banbury, with thrills a plenty in the first half and a solid defensive performance in the second half. After the truly awful home defeat by Bashley on Saturday, manager Adrian Foster had promised that some searching questions would be asked of the players for the next home match, and with new signing from Swindon Mark Francis going straight into the forward line and Kris miller making his first start on his return to the club, the home fans expected a reaction after Saturday, but on a wet night, unfortunately only 133 turned out to see it. It was obvious from the start that the Frome players were “up for this match”, and they went very close in the 4th minute as a great run on the left by Mark Francis put Ricky Hulbert clean through on goal and only an instinctive reaction save from Kwame Forah denied him with the ball going for a corner. Ben Wood took the corner and as he swung it in, Jack Vallis was surprised to find time and space almost on the visitors goal line, but he chested the ball down and volleyed it into the top corner to give Frome the lead. Another excellent Forah save denied Hulbert again in the 11th as he got his head to a Ben Wood free kick, and after a period when Banbury came back into the game more, Frome were awarded a penalty as a deflected Miller shot spun wickedly up into the air, and as it came down, Forah dropped the ball and then fouled Hulbert from behind as he tried to retrieve it. Ben Wood took the penalty and it looked good all the way until Forah threw himself across the goal to save at mid height. Banbury equalised in the 36th minute as Scott Bridges hammered home from the penalty spot after a slightly soft looking penalty had been awarded, and then as Frome came forward again they entered a period where Forah in the visitors goal produced three saves of unbelievable quality in a short space of time. The first came as Jack Vallis got a clean head to a Josh Ford free kick, headed the ball down and as it bounced up, Forah amazed everybody by getting a hand to it and just pushing it up over the bar. As the corner swung in, Matt Smith caught it on the volley and was again denied by Forah as he threw himself to his left and recovered quickly enought to save a third time from Francis. A truly amazing passage of play. However, Frome did take the lead four minutes later as Vallis latched onto a free kick and played the ball sweetly to Francis who sealed a fine debut with a well taken goal as he shot across Forah and into the far corner. Banbury made it 2-2 a minute later as Josh Ford attempted a back heel only for Scott Bridges to run onto the ball and hit a low thirty yard screamer into the far corner for yet another excellent goal. Ben Wood almost made it 3-2 to Frome on the stroke of half time as his own free kick came back to him and he hit a dipping 30 yard volley just over the bar, but then two minutes after half time, he did put Frome into the lead as a superb run and low cross from Kris miller on the right wing allowed  Wood to hammer home the sweetest of left foot volleys from 15 yards at the far post. With the rain teeming down, the excitement could’nt carry on like this all match, and the match evolved into Banbury having a lot of territory and possession, but with Frome defending all across the park, they struggled to create clear cut chances, and Frome always looked threatening when they broke, with Miller, Francis, Smith, Hulbert and Wood all combining well with pace. Darren Chitty was a little lucky in the 59th minute as he hit a clearance straight against the giant Banbury centre forward Leon Simpson, only for the ball to come straight back to him, and he pulled off a great save in the 80th to push the ball round the post for a corner, but Frome always looked like they could hold onto the game, and though the final minutes ticked down very slowly, eventually the referee blew and the fans and players could celebrate the first home win for almost 10 months. This was a dramatic improvement from Saturday, and was full of running, commitment, passion and intelligence and bodes well for the rest of the season. Just maybe Frome have now turned the corner?      Kris Miller was awarded the “H&B Tyres Man of the Man Award” by representatives of Moore Stephens Accountants who had sponsored the  match.   Kwame Forah Luke Cray Jon Mbamarah Kyal McNulty Wayne Blossom Tom Ryan Marcus Green Scott Bridges Leon Simpson Aaron Morgan Tanashah Abrahams A Pinto Nogueria Marvin Martin Lewis Stafford Dominic Lawley Haffed Al-Droubi