Frome Town Merthyr Town Officials J Hollier P Wyatt B White Match Sponsor CW Accountancy Ball Sponsor Bo Vincent Wednesday  August 12th 2015 Merthyr Town Home Wednesday 12th August 2015 Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division Frome Town 1 Merthyr Town 1 Frome Scorers: Thomson (43) Merthyr Scorers: Prosser (71) Crowd: 279 Star Man: Rob Brown Entertainment Value: 4/5 A resolute Frome display against a very good Merthyr Town side saw a first half goal from Ben Thomson cancelled out by a 71st minute equaliser from Ryan Prosser, and a man of the match performance from goalkeeper Rob Brown ensured that Frome remained unbeaten after two games. With both Frome’s goalkeepers unavailable for this match, Frome were grateful to Melksham Town for the loan of their goalkeeper Rob Brown, and what a match he had, rightfully picking up the man of the match award for a string of solid saves. Apart from that, the team showed a couple of changes from Saurday’s line up, but striker Ollie Taylor kept his place at centre back after a fine performance in the previous match. With Merthyr Town widely tipped to be one of the sides looking for automatic promotion this year, this match was always going to provide a severe test for Frome, and so it proved. The match started fairly evenly, but as it started to settle, a pattern started to become apparent with Frome looking to defend in depth and relying on twin strikers Lewis Haldane and Ben Thomson to provide a threat on the counter attack. The first real chance arrived in the 13th minute as ex Robin Rhys Baggridge got his head to a well delivered free kick, only to clear the bar by a couple of feet and Ryan Prosser put another header over the bar a couple of minutes later. After a Frome attack broke down in the 21st minute, a qucik counter saw Guillermo Bauza thump a shot into the chest of Brown, and a minute later a frenzied period of play allowed Frome to just clear their lines as the ball ran loose in the box. Despite Merthyr running of most of the game and looking increasingly dangerous, an interchange between Haldane and Thomson very nearly carved out a shooting chance in the 32nd minute, and five minutes later Thomson’s strength and power brought a save from Tom Bradley as his deflected shot threatened the far post. The home crowd went into raptures in the 43rd minute as Haldene cut in from the left and produced a perfect cross onto the head of the unmarked Thomson at the far post, and his clever header down and into the far corner gave Frome a 1-0 lead that they held until the interval. Haldane and Thomson again combined well just after the break, and only a timely interception from Baggridge cleared the danger, but then Merthyr moved into the ascendancy, with any number of players prepared to carry the ball and attack the resolute Frome defence. Prosser brought a save from Brown a minute later, and the home keeper was kept busy with a save every minute or so, as Merthyr went for the equaliser, but somehow Brown managed to use every part of his body to keep the ball out of the net with some outstanding saves. Unfortunately he couldn’t do much to stop the equaliser which arrived in the 71st minute as a slick right wing interchange led to Prosser volleying the ball into the top corner from 15 yards, and with Frome struggling top mount a real threat at the other end, the question was whether or not they could hold out for the remaining twenty or so minutes. But hold out they did, with some resolute and committed defending they reduced Merthyr to the occasional clear cut chance, and Brown was always on hand to tidy up when needed, though how a 83rd minute left wing cross managed to miss the heads of three Merthyr forwards is a complete mystery. Rob Brown  was awarded the H&B Tyres Man of the Match Award by representatives of CW Accountancy who sponsored the match, and it was richly deserved.       Programme Sponsor Tom Clarke