Frome Town St Neot’s Town Officials M Webb S Satt A Mawby Match Sponsor Sump and Zippy Ball Sponsor BG Norris   Saturday April 25th 2015 St Neots Town Home Saturday 25th April 2015 Evo-Stik Southern Premier Frome Town 1 St Neots Town 1 Frome Scorers: Taylor (60) St Neots Scorers: Roberts (4) Crowd: 350 Star Man: The entire team. Entertainment Value: 3/5 A second half goal from Frome’s Ollie Taylor cancelled out an early goal from Drew Roberts, and in the end, both sides were content with a point that ensured Frome’s survival and St Neot’s entry into the play offs. This match was played with Frome knowing that a draw was good enough to ensure they avoided relegation, but if they lost and Banbury had won at Chesham, then relegation was a certainty, and as such, there were a lot of nervous faces around the Blindman’s Brewery stadium. Ben Thomson started the match with Lewis Haldane dropping to the bench and Frome were pleased to welcome Aaron Rodriguez back to the bench after breaking a toe against Dorchester over a month ago. Frome were very slow to get going and after St. Neots’ Matt Spring had put a free kick just wide of the post, they took the lead in the 4th minute as a left wing cross was missed by Chris McGrath allowing Roberts to easily sweep the ball past Darren Chitty, and the dangerous striker almost doubled his tally 4 minutes later as he beat Chitty to a cross but his header landed on the roof of the net. Frome were starting to get into the match now and a couple of attacks went close, though St Neots looked dangerous on the break in the 12th minute as a Frome attack broke down and Nat Frater cut in from the right and drove a low cross into the Frome area that thankfully nobody got on the end of. Matt Smith did well to get to the dead ball line in the 29th minute but his cross was dealt with by a defender and Frome seemed to have a stonewall penalty appeal turned down as Smith was clattered from behind by a defender as he looked to pull the ball back for Taylor, but the referee was well placed and gave nothing. Lee Clarke had a golden chance to double St Neot’s lead in the 36th as he headed wide from close range, and Frome had another penalty appeal turned down six minutes later as Paul McGrath drove a cross against the outstretched arm of a defender, but a after a moments consideration, the referee again turned down the appeal. With St Neot’s keeper Paul Bastock making  his first real save of the match in the 43rd as he saved low from Taylor, it was difficult to see how Frome were going to pull this match back and the crowd were more than a little apprehensive at half time. Frome had obviously had a free and frank exchange of views with Adrian Foster in the dressing room and they came out a different side after the break, with Taylor heading an excellent Smith cross just wide within two minutes of the restart, and five minutes later they were applying pressure to the visitor’s defence that almost resulted in shooting opportunities. Rhys Baggridge made way for Aaron Rodriguez in the 57th minute and he immediately made an impact as he ghosted in behind the St Neots defence to latch onto a cross field ball from Smith and perfect control allowed him to advance and pull the ball back to Taylor who coolly changed feet and slotted the ball home from 12 yards to send the home crowd into raptures. A period of St Neots pressure ended with Frome breaking and Smith sending a long range shot into the chest of Bastock, but, with both sides content with the draw, chances in the last twenty minutes were virtually non existent and the final whistle blew with both sets of supporters happy, though Banbury’s defeat at Chesham meant that Frome would have survived regardless of the outcome of this match. Match sponsors Zippy and Sumo decided to award the  H&B Tyres Man of the Match award to the whole team on this special day and Frome can look forward to another season in the Southern Premier, though that looks as if it will be even tougher than this season given the teams coming into it. Prog Sponsor Barry Chitty Dairies