Tuesday 7th March 2017
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Chesham Utd 1 Frome Town
Frome Scorers: Kirby (84)
Chesham Scorers: Youngs (82)
Star Man: Connor Roberts
Entertainment Value: 4/5
An other excellent, battling performance away to seventh placed Chesham Utd resulted in a 1-1
draw as Aiden Kirby was on hand to cancel out the lead the lead that Chesham had just taken with
eight minutes to go.
Frome had Kris Miller back at right back after suspension, and with Marcus Mapstone also travelling,
the side had a settled look, though both James Fitzgibbon and Jon Davies were missing with
Frome went close in the 2nd minute as Chesham were penalised for a back pass to the keeper and
George Miller hammered a shot that thumped against the cross bar, and as the game settled, it
turned into an open, end to end affair with both sides looking to get forward at the first
Frome again went close in the 11th as Darren Jefferies shot just wide following a good cross from
Ollie Knight, but Chesham were always in the hunt and after a shot had just cleared the bar, Phil
Roberts cut inside and shot just past the far post, and with a dangerous counter attack by the hosts
failing as a cross was just over hit, this even match was looking unlikely to be a goalless affair.
However, try as they might, despite good approach play, neither side could carve out a clear cut
opportunity and both goal keepers remained largely untested at half time.
The second half saw more of the same, but with Chesham coming out of the blocks a little faster
than Frome and started to shade the midfield battles, they started to create chances and with two
volleys just missing the far post, they bagan to look the more likely side to break the deadlock.
Kyle Phillips was quickly off his line to save at the feet of Roberts in the 65th minute and Connor
Roberts showed his class to bring off a suberb saving tackle as Ryan Blake seemed to be clean
through on goal and the speed of the Chesham attackers was proving to be a problem for the Frome
defence to deal with.
As the pressure mounted, Chesham brought on Drew Roberts as they went for the killer goal and
with 15 minutes to go, Sam Teale very nearly headed a Chesham corner into the top corner of his
own goal, and eventually the pressure told as a throw in was taken quickly and from the cross, Sam
Youngs was on hand to score easily to give the host a one goal lead with eight minutes to go.
That goal seemed like it might clinch the match, but Frome have a “never say die” attitude this
season, and they equalised two minutes later as Aiden Kirby was on hand to tap home an Ollie
Knight free kick from the edge of the Chesham area, and the goal inspired the visitors who probably
had the better chances in the remaining few minutes with Jefferies hitting the side netting and a
Knight free kick being saved by Ashlee Jones who knew very little about it.
However, try as they might , neither side could find the winner, and in the final analysis, the draw
was probably a fair result between two good sides.
Defender Connor Roberts was was awarded the H&B Tyres Man of the Match Award for another
outstanding performance at centre back.