Wednesday 16th November 2016
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Frome Town 2 Chesham Utd. 0
Frome Scorers: Roberts (36), Davies (43)
Chesham Scorers: None
Star Man: Kyle Phillips
Entertainment Value: 5/5
A goal from the centre circle from Connor Roberts and another just before half time from Jon Davies
gave Frome a 2-0 cushion that they stoutly defended for the entire second half as Chesham threw
everything they could against Frome in pursuit of a way back into the match.
With strikers Aiden Kirby and Mitchell Page unavailable, and Jake Jackson on the bench due to an
injury, Frome were seriously short of recognised forwards, so Mike Bryant played at centre forward
and normal right back Kris Miller was thrown upfield to play alongside him. Sam Teale continued his
recovery from injury and started at right back, instead of his more normal left back position. Against
an in form Chesham side that had once again made the first round proper of the FA Cup, it looked
like it could be a tough night.
Unfortunately the match coincided with Shepton Carnival and the 169 crowd was a bit lower than
might be expected, but the players all had their minds on the match and Frome came roaring out of
the blocks to take the match to Chesham.
Almost from the kick off Jon Davies broke through the visitors defence, only for his shot to be saved
by Andrew McCorkell, and a shot from George Miller was deflected for a corner, before Chesham had
their first sniff of goal with a shot that hit the side netting, but Frome kept on turning the screw and
Darren Jefferies went close on two occasions.
As Chesham settled to their task, they missed a great chance to take the lead as Drew Robert
seemed to have all the time he needed in the Frome box, but he snatched at the chance and hit the
cross bar to the relief of the home crowd.
After some lovely play between Davies and Bryant saw the final effort go just wide, Frome took the
lead in spectacular fashion in the 36th as Chesham’s Toby Little received a yellow for a challenge
from behind, and Connor Roberts took the free kick from the centre circle, McCorkell came way too
far out of his goal, was totally deceived by the flight of the ball and could only watch helplessly as the
ball flew unerringly in the top corner.
Kris Miller was a little lucky to get off lightly after a fracas with Matt Mitchell-King which saw the
Chesham defender pick up a yellow, but McCorkell had obviously learnt his lesson and stayed rooted
to the line as Roberts took another free kick from a similar position.
The psychologically important “goal just before half time” duly arrived, and it was Frome who made it
2-0 in the 43rd as some lovely link up play released Davies who went on one of his trademark runs,
powered past three defenders and hammered the ball into the net. A perfect boost for the home side
at exactly the right time.
Chesham obviously had the riot act read to them at half time, because they cam out looking like a
different side and Kyle Phillips became by far the busier of the two keepers as first Chesham shot just
over, then Phillips saved and shortly after he had to come way out his goal to act as a sweeper.
With Kris Miller receiving some “special attention” from the visitors, good management saw him
replaced by Clayton Green, but he had done very well in his unfamiliar role, but as the half wore on,
so Chesham became more frantic in their search for a way back into the game.
Marcus Mapstone brought off a great saving tackle during one raid, Phillips saved again and watched
another shot fly just over the bar, but despite the dominance of the visitors, Frome still looked
dangerous on the break and Davies always looked capable of producing a moment of magic and
went close on several occasions.
Chesham brought on ex Premier League striker and Jamaican International Barry Hayles on the hour
and he had a big chance to score shortly afterwards but blasted over the top when clean through on
The last quarter saw Chesham camped in the Frome half and winning multiple corners that always
threatened, but never really troubled the excellent Frome defence and the final whistle blew for a
superb win that manager Josh Jeffries described as “the most pleasing performance to date”, and
now means that Frome have only lost one of their last 11 games, and only lost 2 of their last 21
games at home.
This result sees Frome in seventh place in the Southern Premier and is a hugely impressive
performance from the side that were apparently favourites for relegation at the start of the season.
If only we could persuade the people of Frome that this really is a side worth coming to watch, we
could really start to move the Club forward, and the next game is on Saturday at home vs St Neots
Goalkeeper Kyle Phillips was awarded the H&B Tyres Man of the Match by representatives of Red
Devil Surfacing who had sponsored the match, and what an able replacement he is proving to be for