Frome Town Bideford Officials M Rushton J Ainscow M Niernierski Match Sponsor Zippy, Simon and Laura Dredge Ball Sponsor Andy Cowie Wednesday  January 29th 2014 Bideford Home Wednesday 29th January 2014 Calor League Southern Premier Division Frome Town 2  Bideford 0 Frome Scorers: Miller (61p), Baggridge 72 Bideford Scorers:None Crowd: 167 Star Man: Rhys Baggridge Entertainment Value: 5 Frome Town’s amazing resurgence continued as they produced another excellent home win with a 2-0 victory over a very good Bideford side that are currently riding high in 5th place in the league. Manager Adrian Foster kept exactly the same squad that had done so well on Saturday, and on a calm cold night with a heavy drizzle, the match kicked off on a pitch that looked and played remarkably well considering the recent weather conditions. Both sides started brightly and the first chance arrived in the 11th minute as a Ben Wood throw caused problems in the the Bideford area allowing Ricky Hulbert to hit a speculative overhead kick that just whistled past the far post. Immediately afterwards, a sweeping Bideford attack allowed Craig Duff to advance clean through on goal but he pulled his shot wide from 18 yards when it seemed that he must score, or at the very least bring a save from Darren Chitty. Controversy erupted in the 16th minute as Matt Smith over reached for a ball and caught Sean Downing with a late challenge that provoked a minor melee and a yellow card for the Frome midfielder, and Kris Miller was also quickly on the receiving end of a yellow as Downing was once again on the end of a late challenge. Craig Duff should really have put Bideford ahead in the 21st as he managed to head over the bar from an unmarked position 10 yards out, and at this stage Bideford were in the driving seat and Frome were having to work hard to stay on level terms. Bideford’s Ian Sampson was fortunate to stay on the pitch in the 28th minute as he clattered Ben Wood as he looked to push the ball past him, provoking another melee a yellow for Sampson and another for Steve Orchard. Despite the rising count of yellow cards, this was still a good clean, open game and as the half wore on Frome came back into it and Miller did well to get on the end of a Smith cross and square the ball invitingly back across the goal line. An even start to the second half led to a great block tackle by Tim Stephenson to deny Bideford and then the first real chance of the half saw Bideford’s Graham Mercieca evade two challenges and advance on goal, but once again the chance was well wide of the target. Frome’s opening goal arrived in the 61st minute as a great run from Ben Thomson saw him power past two central defenders and push the ball past goalkeeper Steve Oliver, only to be taken down by the keepers despairing lunge, for which he received a yellow card. Kris Miller stepped up to take the penalty and coolly sent Oliver the wrong way to give Frome a 1-0 lead. At this stage the match was all to play for and both sides had chances with Bideford’s Rob Farkin glancing a header wide and both Smith and Wood bringing saves from Oliver at the other end, however it was Frome who got the next goal in the 72nd minute as a long Wood throw landed in the BIdeford are and central defender Rhys Baggridge controlled it, span and shot firmly into the far corner from ten yards out to give Frome a 2-0 lead. This second goal seemed to take the wind out of Bideford’s sails, and though they continued to cause Frome the odd problem, in general, Frome coasted home in the last quarter, defending well, working hard, holding shape and always looking for the third goal at every opportunity. Again, another excellent performance from Frome Town and having taken twelve points from their last five games, that awful game against Bashley now seems years ago, but in reality it was only 18 days ago. What a turnaround and full credit must go to the whole squad and to the management team of Adrian Foster and Paul Thorpe. Rhys Baggridge was awarded the “H&B Tyres Man of the Man Award” by match sponsors Zippy, Simon and Laura Dredge for a faultless display at centre back capped a by a sharply taken goal. Steve Oliver Steve Orchard Ian Sampson Sean Downing Rob Farkins Nick Milton Matt Hockley Matt Bye Kevin Squire Graham Mercieca Craig Duff Richard Groves Owen Howe Steve Reed Nick Barker Ethan Phillips