Frome Town Slough Officials S Knapp R Lawrence I Ignat Match Sponsor xxx Ball Sponsor AM Print & Copy Wednesday March 9th  2016 Slough Town Home Wednesday 9th March 2016 Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division Frome Town 2 Slough Town 1 Frome Scorers: S Hulbert (20), Teale (64) Slough Scorers: Putman (27) Crowd: 102 Star Man: Mitchell Page Entertainment Value: 4/5 Another home game and and another 2-1 win saw Frome climb out of the relegation zone on goal difference, and despite a lot of good football in this game, it was ultimately decided by three free kicks, with Frome winning the game with a remarkable effort from Sam Teale that was taken from just inside the Slough half. Frome included new signing from Weymouth Chris McPhee in the squad, and although Jon Davies was in the starting line up, something must have happened in the warm up and George Miller started with Davies taking his place on the bench. Despite a night and a day of rain that had seen localised flooding in the Frome area, the match took place and the pitch looked remarkably good, albeit the lower corner at the Rodden Road end was pretty sticky. The match started with Frome going close first as Marcus Mapstone headed over a George MIller free kick after Jordan Walker had been fouled by Jhai Dillon, but Slough soon showed that they were up for the challenge and started to put together lively attacking moves with Lee Barney especially proving a handful for the home defence. However, Frome took the lead in the 19th minute as Slough’s Daniel Hicks fouled Mitchell Page, and as the free kick from Walker was driven in, Miller was the first to have a shot blocked, but then the ball rebounded to Steve Hulbert who shot low and hard into the corner from just inside the box. James Fitzgibbon had a golden chance to double the advantage two minutes later as some neat interchanges allowed him a run on goal, but Mark Scott did well in the Slough goal to stand his ground and save with his legs. Slough equalised in the 25th as Hulbert fouled 5 yards outside the box, and as Lewis Putnam hammered the free kick against the Frome wall, it took a massive deflection off a shoulder and spun the width of the goal to land in the completely opposite corner to the one he was aiming at. The game was very evenly poised at this point, with Frome looking dangerous from dead ball situations, but Slough probably shading territory and possession and maybe looking stronger on the ball when going forward. Frome just survived in the 32nd as Sam Teale made an excellent last ditch saving tackle to deny the dangerous Barney, and when he was denied again by Chitty in the 41st, the score remained 1-1 until half time. Slough started the second half on a high and pressed Frome strongly, with Chitty bringing off two brilliant saves in the 55th and 55th minute, with the second one saving low at his near post worthy of special mention. Frome were really struggling to get out of their own half at this stage, but against the run of play, they scored with an amazing free kick that was awarded about five yards inside the Slough half. Sam Teale took the kick and it looked like it was over- hit, Scott came out to collect, it looked for all the world as if he would take an easy catch, but he had totally misjudged the flight of the ball and it sailed over his head and into the goal despite some frantic back pedalling. Most of the rest of the half was a determined defence by Frome to protect their lead, and with every player giving 100%, Slough never really brought another save from Chitty, and right at the end, Jake Jackson went close to a third as he pressurised Hicks and won the ball from a mistake by Scott, only to be denied on the line by Dillon. As the match approached the final whistle, Frome cleverly ran the clock down in the opponents half and when it did finally blow, the team were applauded from the pitch after a very gutsy and committed performance. Mitchell Page was awarded the H&B Tyres Man of the Match Award and once again he showed a lot of courage and work rate against a defence who weren’t afraid to let him know that they were there. Programme Sponsor The Stevens Family