Frome Town Chippenham Town Officials C Kidd I Christododu A Emery Match Sponsor xx Ball Sponsor xx Tuesday  September  29th  2015 Chippenham Away Tuesday 29th September 2015 Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division Chippenham Town 1 Frome Town 1 Frome Scorers: Hobbs (77) Chippenham Scorers: Smith (57) Crowd: Star Man: Rob Hobbs Entertainment Value: 4/5 After recently running Chippenham close in two FA Cup matches, Frome produced another excellent performance at the league leaders, and a goal from Rob Hobbs in the 77th minute cancelled out the opener by Matt Smith leading to a very tense final quarter but no more goals. With just Steve Hulbert missing from the squad through injury, the side is now starting to have a settled look and feel about it, and as the match started with Frome playing down the slope, it was the hosts who went closest in the opening minutes as first Ryan Campbell shot into the palms of Darren Chitty from 20 yards, and a minute later they went very close indeed as Matt Jones and James Guthrie carved out an opening that somehow saw the final shot deflect for a corner. As the match settled, Chippenham looked more likely to break the deadlock with Jones especially looking dangerous every time he ran at the Frome defence, but these days that same defence is starting to look composed and solid and with the Frome attack starting to show signs of springing to life, the match looked finely balanced. Chitty saved well with his legs from Jones in the 32nd minute and after Matt Smith had hammered a volley into the Frome wall, a long Chippenham throw very nearly caught Chitty out as it bounced in the 6 yard box, but quick reactions the dealt with the problem. Frome had a corner cause problems in the Chippenham area as it evaded everyone, and shortly after, Tyler Sibbick blazed a shot high over the bar, and two minutes before half time a flowing Frome move ended with Sibbick bringing a save from Kent Kauppinen, but on the stroke of half time, Frome were twice lucky as uncharacteristic mix ups in the defence allowed first Jones and then Smith through on goal, but in both cases the shots missed the top far corner by a few yards and the half time scoreline remained goalless. After a period of Chippenham pressure in the first ten minutes of the second half, Frome broke well with Sibbick and Monelle very nearly carving out a shooting chance, but then in the 57th minute Chippeneham took the lead as ex Robin Matt Smith was the first to react to a great 25 yard shot from Chris Allen that hammered against the angle made by the crossbar and upright, and as it came back into play, Smith slid in to drive the ball low into the corner to ensure that the universal law that states that ex players will always score against their former club remained true. Under the new management, when Frome go one down, then they straight away go looking for the equaliser and this was again true, though Chippenham showed what a good side they are this season with an organised defence and a very fast counter attacks when they get the ball. Chippenham had the ball in the net in the 62nd as Smith robbed Haldane and Jones hammered the ball home, only to be denied by the linesman’s flag, but Frome were also starting to create chances and the deserved equaliser duly arrived in the 77th minute as substitute Jake Hutchings overlapped on the right and produced a perfect cross that allowed Rob Hobbs to climb at the far post and head into the top corner giving Kauppinen no chance. Frome had a big chance to get the winner a couple of minutes later but Jefferie’s shot flew high and wide, and then in the 83rd minute, Chitty pulled off the save of the night as he flew across his goal to push away a first time shot from Andy Sandell that seemed destined to bury itself in the net. The last ten minutes were tense and nail biting, but Frome gave as good as they got, and with Jordy Nkunga pulling off a superb interception to rob Jones who was bearing down on goal, and every team member working hard to hold onto the precious point, the end result was testimony to the improvement over the last few weeks and bodes well for the future. Rob Hobbs was awarded the  H&B Tyres Man of the Match Award and it was a good performance sat just in front of the back four and a very well taken headed goal. Programme Sponsor xxx