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Saturday 5th November 2016
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Frome Town 2 Cambridge City 0
Frome Scorers: Cleverley (62), Jefferies (86)
Cambridge Scorers: None
Star Man: Connor Roberts
Entertainment Value: 3/5
Two moments of quality from Dan Cleverley and Darren Jefferies resulted in a 2-0 nil win over
Cambridge City in an untidy match which never really settled to a pattern, and looked like it could
have gone either way for a long time.
The good news was that Frome were able to start this match with the same side that had started in
midweek, with the notable exception of Jon Davies who was unavailable for this match and it
would be interesting to see how well Frome did without their play maker for the first time this
season as they took on Cambridge City who are having a hard time this season with two wins on the
road and no home wins.
In a cold, chilly wind on a good pitch, the match started with a nervous first couple of minutes for
the visiting keeper Enol Ordonez as he first spilled a catch from a cross and repeated the feat again
from the resulting corner, and as the match settled, it became clear that Frome were having most
of the possession but failing to make any penetration through the middle.
In the 12th minute, George Miller had a blocked shot that allowed Mitchell Page to attempt a chip
over the stranded keeper, but it sailed high and wide over the bar, and Kris MIller hit a low shot
wide before his namesake George had another low shot into the arms of Ordonez.
At the other end, Cambridge were looking to play long balls over or through the Frome defence to
make use of the speed of Brad Woods_Garness, but with Connor Roberts shadowing him, Kyle
Phillips quick to come out and the linesman quick to raise the offside flag, Cambridge never really
threatened at all in the first half.
Despite their dominance in possession, Frome seemed to lack a wide right player, and with Darren
Jefferies having a quiet match on the left, Cambridge were happily dealing with any attack through
the middle, and it took until the 41st minute before Ordonez made his first real save to push away
a shot from the falling Aiden Kirby, who seemed to be having his shirt tugged at the time.
The second half was more of the same, and Aiden Kirby brought an unorthodox save from Ordonez
in the 57th minute after Page had found him in space, but still looked lop-sided and short of width,
until Clayton Green replaced Mike Bryant and the midfield started to look a bit more balanced.
The best move of the match resulted in the first goal in the 62nd as a five man Frome moved ended
with Chris Gregan curling in a perfect cross from the left and Dan Cleverley producing one of his
superb “trademark flicked headers” to guide it up and into the far corner from a position just
inside the Cambridge area. No goalkeeper in the world would have got that one, it was that good.
Frome looked better after this, and Ordonez did well to deal with a driven cross from Krby, but
Cambridge always looked like they could get something out of the match and Connor Roberts was
forced to make several saving tackles as the speedy Cambridge forwards threatened to get behind
the Frome defence on numerous occasions.
Kyle Phillips produced the save of the match as he threw himself across the goal to prevent an own
goal as Clayton Green completely mis-hit an attempted clearing volley, but with Cambridge always
threatening to get the equaliser, home nerves were steadied in the 86th minute as Jefferies took on
his marker for the first time, nutmegged him and ran on and on unopposed before slotting the ball
between Ordonez and the near post for a great gaol that sealed the points for Frome.
Connor Roberts was awarded his third H&B Tyres Man of the Match award in a row and the award
was chosen and made by Club chairman Jeremy Alderman of Jeremy Alderman Ltd., who had
sponsored the match.