Frome Town Merthyr Officials xx xx xx Match Sponsor xx Ball Sponsor xx Tuesday February 9th  2016 Merthyr Town Away Tuesday 9th February 2016 Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division Merthyr Town 1 Frome Town 1 Frome Scorers: Fitzgibbon (17) Merthyr Scorers: Wright (45) Crowd: 283 Star Man: TBA Entertainment Value: 3/5 An early goal from Frome’s James Fitzgibbon was cancelled out on the stroke of half time by Merthyr’s Jarrad Wright, and despite both teams efforts on the 3G pitch, neither could find the winner and Frome returned across the Severn Bridge with a creditable point. With all the local matches cancelled on Saturday, Frome were grateful to Writhlington School for allowing a hastily arranged friendly against Shepton Mallet to go ahead on the school’s 3G pitch in preparation for this trip to Merthyr, where even the benefits of their 3G pitch had failed to prevent the postponement of Merthyr’s last match as South Wales was hit by the same deluge as South West England. The match started as a competitive and fast paced game, but the early stages provided no goal mouth action until the 18th minute when Frome took the lead with their first real attack as a superb deep cross from Sam Teale was headed home at the far post by James Fitzgibbon with his first goal for the club. Merthyr went very close to equalising immediately as a swing cross from the right wing just flicked off the head of Connor Roberts, and the resulting corner found the head of former Robin Rhys Baggridge who fortunately headed wide. Frome were pressing and closing down really well during the first half and their were no real scares until the 45th minute when Merthyr scored their equaliser as a free kick from the half way line was drilled in and a powerful header from Jarrad Wright found the the top corner as he headed it back across Darren Chitty’s goal. The second half was more of the same, with both sides tending to cancel each other out in midfield, and Chitty made his first real save of the match in the 75th minute as a Ryan Prosser shot following a corner took a deflection and was heading low into the far corner until pushed away by the Frome keeper. As the match moved towards the final whistle, Frome tended to have the better of things with possession and territory, but despite having several corners in quick succession, the couldn’t find a way past the home defence and the 1-1 scoreline was the same as the match at Frome earlier in the season.  Programme Sponsor xx