Wednesday 12th October 2016
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Frome Town 3 Cinderford Town 2
Frome Scorers: G.Miller (42), Kirby (76), Cleverley (85)
Cinderford Scorers: Bown (11), Chambers (83)
Star Man: Jon Davies
Entertainment Value: 5/5
In a highly entertaining match full of missed chances and great goals,Frome Town eventually ran
out 3-2 winners, though credit should be given to Cinderford for doggedly defending, taking their
chances when presented and almost taking away a share of the points.
Frome still have injury problems to deal with, though with Jake Jackson returning the subs bench
along with Aiden Kirby, and with Corby Moore starting alongside MItchell Page, the side now has a
few attacking options to play with.
On paper, Frome would have been favourites against Cinderford who started the night bottom of
the league, though the last time Frome played at home against the bottom side in their last home
league match almost a month ago, they were humbled by Dorchester who ran out 4-0 winners on
Frome started the match really well, playing fast, attacking, passing football and they went very
close in the 4th as Corby Moore hit a snap shot over the bar as he was well found by Jon Davies and
Moore did well to get on the end of a perfect, deep right wing cross from Mitchell Page, but his
downward directed header just shaved the outside of the far post.
However, totally against the run of play, Cinderford took the lead in the 11th as Kyle Phillips came
out of his area to sweep up a long ball, but lost control and was robbed by Blaine Waugh who
advanced down the right and pulled the ball back well for Jay Bown to shoot under the body of
Phillips as he recovered his ground but to no avail.
Despite the setback, Frome carried on turning the screw with Davies at his mercurial best and as
Nathan Summers headed a corner just over and after Davies and Moore both had goal bound shots
blocked, you began to wonder if it was going to be “one of those nights”.
Frome really needed a goal at this stage and were starting to get frustrated and a bit frantic,
resorting to long balls which Cinderford had no trouble dealing with and which occasionally allowed
them to get forward with some menace.
However, the equaliser arrived in the 42nd minute with some quality football. Captain (and newly
appointed coach) Dan Cleverley played a lovely ball to the far post that found Connor Roberts
arriving to hit a perfect ball across the face of the goal, and as Page just missed his header, George
Miller was on hand behind him to head home from close range.
Frome almost extended their lead in the 3rd minute of the second half as a Moore picked out the
unmarked Page with a perfect little chip, as he turned and hit an acrobatic shot from ten yards, he
got slightly under it and the ball cleared the crossbar by a yard.
Page’s night only lasted another minute as he seemed to turn an ankle and was replaced by Aiden
Kirby, and shortly after he had a great chance as an inch perfect through ball from Davies put him
clean through on goal only to be denied by the legs of Ben Fletcher in the visitors goal.
The chances started to come thick and fast for Frome, and following a right cross from Roberts,
Moore saw his shot deflected at the last, and in the 72nd, Davies cut in cleverly from the right and
rolled a perfect pass to Moore who completely missed his shot from 8 yards out.
Another chance went begging a minute later as Marcus Mapstone won a Davies free kick and headed
it across the goal to Kirby who’s diving header again missed the target from close range, and the
“one of those nights” feeling was starting to make itself felt again.
Frome replaced a left back with forward as “supersub” Jake Jackson replaced Chris Gregan, and
the breakthrough finally came in the 76th as Kirby produced a great diving header at the far post
head in a Darren Jefferies free kick to the delight of the home crowd.
The chances just kept coming with George Miller hitting the side netting as the ball was pulled back
by Davies, Jackson robbed at the last instant by Fletcher as the ball bobbled just as he was about
to shoot, but then Cinderford equalised against the run of play as a free kick on the edge of the
Frome area was eventually driven home by Karnell Chambers after ricocheting a few times.
With three minutes left on the clock, Frome made it 3-2 as Dan Cleverley produced an excellent
glanced header into the far corner of the goal from a Miller cross, and in the final minutes Frome
could easily have extended the winning margin as Jackson shot into the side netting and Kirby
really, really should have scored right at the end as Davies again performed miracle to set up an
open goal, but he leant back and blasted over from no more than eight yards out.
Jon Davies was awarded the H&B Tyres Man of the Match award by match and ball sponsors
Howden’s Joinery, and it was a fitting award as he was at his mercurial best on this match.