Saturday 11th March 2017
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Cambridge City 0 Frome Town 3
Frome Scorers: Jake Jackson (9), (52), (90)
Cambridge Scorers: None
Star Men: Jake Jackson & Chris Gregan
Entertainment Value: 4/5
Despite playing with ten men for the last hour, a penalty save from Kyle Phillips and a hat trick from
Jake Jackson gave Frome Town an impressive 3-0 victory at struggling Cambridge City.
Frome made the 350 mile return trip to Cambridge City, who are currently in 21st place and struggling
to avoid relegation, and this makes quite a change from the recent run of matches against sides in
the top ten who all seem to be battling for the play off spots.
Connor Roberts was unavailable for this match (possibly for the first time this season?) and with Jon
Davies and others missing through injury, Frome made the journey with just one real substitute,
namely Jordan Walker who is coming back to full fitness from a long injury layoff. Sam Teale moved
to centre back and Chris Gregan started at left back.
Jackson very nearly opened his account in the very first minute only to be denied by a good save by
Dean Snedker, and after Ollie Knight and Mike Bryant had both had half chances,the first goal arrived
in in the 9th minute as Jackson turned onto a through ball and shot low into the corner scored from
just inside the area.
On a difficult pitch, Frome were dominating at this stage and Snedker produced another good save to
push a Jackson shot away for a corner, and with Jackson heading an Ollie Knight right wing cross
just wide despite the attentions of the very tall Cambridge defence, it seemed that more goals were in
However, Cambridge were not without their chances, and in the 20th, a shot from just outside the
area cleared the Frome bar, and they seemed to be having more possession and territory as Frome
sat deep and invited the hosts onto them.
The pressure led to a chance inside the Frome box and Frome’s captain Sam Teale was shown a
straight red in the 32nd for a rash challenge on a Cambridge attacker, and with a penalty awarded
and a man short for the rest of the match, the game changed in an instant. However, Kyle Phillips
was up to the task, saved low from Goldy Capela and managed to hold onto the ball and Frome held
onto their lead until half time.
Midfielder Clayton Green dropped into the back four for the second half and at the start, Cambridge
had the better of it, carving out a a couple of spurned chances and making the most of their
numerical advantage, but Frome and Jackson’s second goal arrived in the 52nd as the striker
latched onto a through ball to round Snedker and roll the ball into the net to make it 2-0 to the visitors.
Cambridge immediately played all their cards as they made a triple substitution to try and salvage
something from the match, and they went very close as only a superb saving tackle from Green
denied them an open goal, and with Chris Gregan making the most of his first start for a while with a
very polished performance, Cambridge were rapidly becoming frustrated by their inability to break
down the visitors.
At the other end, Marcus Mapstone brought a low save from Snedker and with a 40 yard run from
Darren Jefferies to set up a high shot from George Miller, Frome always looked capable of getting
another with a counter attack.
With Ollie Knight unselfishly setting Jackson free for what would certainly have been his hat trick had
it not been for an offside flag, he repeated the feat five minutes later and this time no flag showed
and Jackson was able to run through two defenders and slot the ball home for his second hat trick of
Unusually, the directors decided to award two H&B Tyres Man of the Match Awards, one for Jake
Jackson for his hat trick and one to Chris Gregan for an outstanding match at left back after a long
spell without a full match.