Frome Town Chippenham Officials M Lucie D Cotton J Wright Match Sponsor Jaymart Ball Sponsor Mark Baber Friday  September 11th  2015 Chippenham Town Home FA Cup Friday 11th September 2015 FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round Frome Town 0 Chippenham Town 0 Frome Scorers: None Chippenham Scorers: None Crowd: 370 Star Man: Steve Hulbert Entertainment Value: 4/5 A vastly improved performance from Frome Town was not quite enough to defeat table topping topping Chippenham Town, who played very well with ten men for almost seventy minutes after Ashan Holgate had been shown a straight red. Frome’s new signings Jordan Nkunga and Ollie Knowles started alongside each other in the centre of defence as Nick Bunyard’s revolution starts to change the side, and this allowed Steve Hulbert to move forward into his more accustomed role in midfield. Tyler Sibbick and Lewis Haldane played as twin strikers and with Ricky Hulbert on the right and Darren Jefferies on the left, the side had a far more balanced look about it. With Chippenham riding high at the top of the Southern Premier and Frome one place off the bottom, this was always going to a be tough match for Frome to get anything from, but as the match started brightly, it was hard to pick which side was the one topping the table, as both teams looked to attack and both looked dangerous as they did so. After Lewis Haldane and Steve Hulbert had both flashed long range shots wide of the Chippenham goal, a superb tackle and through ball from Nkunga to Haldane led to a move that ended with fellow debutant Ollie Knowles thundering a shot against the visitor’s cross bar from 25 yards out, and for the first time this season, the home fans felt that they might be in with a chance of a result. However, Chippenham then came into the match strongly and Darren Chitty had to be alert twice in two minutes, firstly to tidy up after a short period of panic in the defence , and then to deal with a low 20 yarder, and after a free kick was headed onto the far post, it became obvious why Chippenham are riding so high in the league. The game changed in a big way in the 22nd minute as Chippenham’s centre forward Ashan Holgate was shown a straight red card for a two footed lunge that Rob Hobbs managed to avoid and which caused a minor melee as players reacted strongly. In a game that was played in an excellent spirit throughout, this challenge was totally out of place and hard to understand why it happened. Chippenham regrouped well after the sending off, and after a long range shot from Darren Jefferies had fizzed past the visitor’s far post, an Ollie Taylor header brought a great save from Darren Chitty though the linesman’s flag would have ruled the goal out had it gone in, and Chippenham’s Greg Tindle was more than a little fortunate as he tangled with and brought down Tyler Sibbick as the Frome forward seemed to have a clear run on goal, but the referee gave nothing to the relief of the travelling fans. The second half started with Frome looking for the opening goal and after Sam Teale ahd narrowly hit a shot into the side netting, Steve Hulbert brought a good save from Kauppingen which the keeper did well to get down and parry away for a corner. Chippenham then entered a period where they were having most of the play, but Frome always looked dangerous and carved out a golden opportunity in the 72nd minute as Darren Jefferies burst into the box and pulled the ball back perfectly for Joe Tumelty, only for the midfielder to lean back and balloon the ball over the bar. Frome kept looking the side more likely to break the deadlock, and Kauppingen did well to dive at Jake Hutching’s feet and smother the ball in the 82nd minute and he did even better three minutes later as dived into a forest of legs to retrieve a ball that he had no real right to get to. Frome were almost caught cold with three minutes left as they threw everyone up looking for the winner, and a quick Chippenham break led to former Robin Luke Ballinger shooting wide of the far post, but then they so nearly won it in the third minute of injury time as a right wing corner was stabbed back into the box by Steve Hulbert and the impressive Jordy Nkunga back heeled the ball, but not quite enough to put it out of the reach of Kauppingen whose efforts ensured that match will go to a replay at Chippenham on Tuesday night. This was Frome’s best performance of the season by a country mile, and Nick Bunyard’s changes to the squad and the way the team now plays holds great hope for the future. Steve Hulbert  was awarded the H&B Tyres Man of the Match Award by representatives of match sponsors Jaymart for an impressive performance in the centre of midfield. Programme Sponsor xxx