Frome Town Paulton Rovers Officials R Cooke B Lee A Francis Match Sponsor H&B Tyres Ball Sponsor New Windows   Wednesday December 10th 2014 Paulton Rovers Home Wednesday 10th December 2014 Evo-Stik Southern Premier Frome Town 2 Paulton Rovers 0 Frome Scorers: Haldane (40), THomson (53) Paulton Scorers: None Crowd:201 Star Man: Ben Thomson Entertainment Value: 4 After a difficult start to the season, there were distinct signs in this match that Frome Town have turned the corner as an excellent performance in this local derby saw them score two goals against Pauton Rovers through Lewis Haldane and Ben Thomson, and, for the first time this season, they kept a clean sheet in a league game. With midfield duo Jon Vance and Matt Smith still sidelined through injury, Ben Worlock made his first start in midfield for the club and would go to show what an impressive addition he has been to the squad. For the second match in a row, Ben Thomson and Lewis Haldane were paired together up front and this also promises great things as there distinct signs of a productive partnership forming there. On a cold night with squally showers and on a pitch that was holding up under the weather conditions, the match started with some early Frome pressure, but them the pattern started to be set for the night with Paulton probably having slightly the better of possession and territory, but Frome looking very dangerous on the break. The 15th minute saw Kris Miller fouled as he played the ball to Thomson, but the referee played the advantage allowing Thomson to power on and hit a shot over the Paulton cross bar from just outside the area. After another Thomson shot in the 19th, Paulton had a couple of attacks that threatened but failed to deliver any real danger, and then Frome broke again with Aaron Rodriguez and Worlock combining well on the right and both almost having clear shooting chances, only to be denied by last ditch defending. Frome looked dangerous from free kicks, and after Rodriguez had delivered a curling ball slightly too close to Kyle Philips in the 36th, he got the delivery spot on three minutes later as he found the head of the unmarked Haldane who showed his class and experience by directing a downward head low and to the right of Phillips from twelve yards for the opening goal. As the second half started, Frome went very close to increasing their lead as a great run on the right from Thomson saw him pull the ball back to Haldane whose low shot from 12 yards had Phillips beaten completely only for Scott Brice to just manage to get his foot to the ball and clear it as it was about to cross the line. Immediately Paulton broke and Darren Chitty made his first real save of the night at the other end, but then in the 53rd minute, Frome made it 2-0 as Rodriguez and Thomson combined well to win a left wing corner, Rodriguez took it and after Jack Vallis had got a slight touch, the ball dropped invitingly for Thomson who clinically drove the ball low and hard over the line from around the position of the penalty spot. Paulton looked to try to get back into the match as they took the game to Frome, but the Frome defence looked organised and capable with Ben Worlock having a great game playing in front of the back four, covering lots of ground, tackling tenaciously and playing the quick, simple ball forward when the opportunity arose, and with Rodriguez now growing in stature every match and Thomson and Haldane intelligently running into space at every opportunity, Frome are now starting to look very dangerous on the counter attack. After ex Frome favourite Dean Evans had picked up his “obligatory” yellow card much to the amusement of the home fans, Frome went close to a third as Mark Cooper overlapped on the left wing and pulled the ball back only for it to be hacked clear, and a minute later Haldane burst through two defenders and tried to chip the ball over Phillips only for the keeper to be just tall enough to reach it and pluck the ball out of the air. Paulton carried on looking to get a goal back, but the Frome defence were more than capable of denying them on the night and Chitty was never really called on to make anything more than routine saves, and  with Ricky Hulbert striking a shot onto the outside of the post in the 83rd, after a great ball by Rodriguez, and Thomson almost getting the third in the 86th as he powered though three tackles but leant back slightly and shot over from fifteen yards, the final winning margin could easily have been larger.     So, an impressive performance from Frome, and for the first time this season, with no substitutes being used, manager Adrian Foster was obviously impressed with the performance of every player on the pitch, and the home crowd would have agreed with that. Ben Thomson was chosen for the “H&B Tyres Man of the Match Award” by match sponsors H&B Tyres, and it was a fitting award as Frome always look likely to score whenever he gets the ball, and his physical strength and tackling ability always gives opposing defenders something to think about. Prog Sponsor New Windows