Frome Town Chesham Officials G Pearce S Gooding A Pearce Match Sponsor Red Devil Surfacing Ball Sponsor SCL Wednesday 16th November 2016 Evo-Stik Southern Premier League Frome Town 2 Chesham Utd. 0 Frome Scorers: Roberts (36),  Davies (43) Chesham  Scorers: None Crowd: 169 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 goal. 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 Town.  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 Darren Chitty.