Frome Town Chippenham Town Officials A Tranter A Fricker G Little Match Sponsor xx Ball Sponsor xx   Thursday January 1st 2015 Chippenham Town Away Thursday 1st January 2015 Evo-Stik Southern Premier Chippenham Town 1 Frome Town 0 Frome Scorers: None Chippenham Scorers: Fergusson (21) Crowd:383 Star Man: Mark Cooper Entertainment Value: 2 A single goal from Chippenham’s Alex Furgusson consigned Frome Town to a disappointing defeat on a day when a little more quality in the final third could definitely have produced a result. On a sticky pitch that was showing signs of heavy wear, Frome started off kicking down the slope, but it was Chippenham who showed first as Michael Pook hit a left wing free kick onto the head of Alex Fergusson whose downward header brought a sharp early save from Ed Balding, and for the first five minutes or so, Frome were struggling to get going. They soon settled though and in the 7th minute, Ben Thomson robbed Greg Tindle on the right and cut inside before setting up Lewis Haldane for a shot that flew wide of the far post, and Haldane had a second chance a minute later as an Aaron Rodriguez free kick allowed him to volley from the edge of the area, but again the shot cleared the far post by  a distance. The match soon settled into an even, physical encounter, with the wind and the pitch making control difficult, but then Chippenham scored the opening goal as a right wing corner was not dealt with, allowing a forward to spin and shoot from a position just inside the penalty area. As the ball came through a forest or legs, Baldy did well to get down and parry the ball, but Fergusson was on hand to shoot home from close range despite Mark Cooper’s attempt to clear the ball off the line. Frome went close to equalising a minute later as Haldane cut in from the left wing and let fly with a right foot shot that was just deflected for a corner by a defenders leg, and they had a huge chance to equalise in the 32nd as a slick passing move allowed Brandon Mundy to overlap on the left and his perfect cross seemed sure to find the head of Haldane who was five yards out, but the Frome striker seemed to slip as he went for the ball and the ball again went wide of the far post. As half time approached, Frome looked far more likely to score with Haldane and Thomson winning the majority of their battles with Chippenham’s central defenders, but the final ball was always lacking in finesse and at the end of the half, Chippenham’s stand in goalkeeper Conor Thompson had not been required to make one save. The second half frankly was a huge disappointment for the travelling fans, and, as a spectacle, it was devoid of any real quality and tended to follow the same pattern time after time. Chippenham were kicking down the slope defending their single goal advantage, the wind was blowing towards their left wing and the whole game seemed to compress into a pitch that was half the width of a normal one. Frome won a lot of possession and looked good coming forward, but with no width on the the left and twenty players compressed into a narrow strip, it played right into the hands of Chippenham who could just close down the space, win the ball and launch it forward looking for a break away. This happened time after time, with Frome never getting to the dead ball line, never finding a telling cross and failing to clear the first defender so often it became embarrassing. As the tackles went in and the ball continuously flew out of play, the referee’s whistle ensured that the entire second half was a ragged, dis-jointed affair that had the crowd looking at their watches a long time before the end. Chippenham almost doubled their lead in the 77th minute as Baldy did well to tip a free kick up onto the bar after Baggridge had fouled near the corner post, but despite a final flurry by Frome, the Chippenham goalkeeper actually never had a shot to save in the entire match. There is no question that this was a match that Frome could have at least drawn, and maybe even won, but the quality in the final third just wasn’t there today.  Right back Mark Cooper  was chosen for the “H&B Tyres Man of the Match Award”. Prog Sponsor xx