Tuesday 9th August 2016
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Cirencester 1 Frome Town 4
Frome Scorers: Davies (13p), Page (38), Cleverley (70), Jackson (87)
Cirencester Scorers: Smith (49)
Star Man: Dan Cleverley
Entertainment Value: 5/5
Fantastic Frome soared to the top of the Southern League Premier with a superb 4-1 win at
Cirencester thanks to goals from Jon Davies, Mitchell Page, Dan Cleverley and Jake Jackson, and at
times the standard of football they produced in the second half was the best anyone can remember
from a Frome side.
The only team change from Saturday’s victory over Hayes and Yeading was Darren Chitty returning
from holiday and taking his place in goal, and on a cool, breezy evening Frome kicked off playing
down the slope on an excellent surface.
The first ten minutes of the match was pretty even as the teams settled, with Cirencester
threatening on the right wing, but Frome looking organised in defence and dangerous on the
counter, and the visitors took the lead in the 13th minute as a chipped ball into the Cirencester box
was helped out for a corner by the arm of Cirencester’s Matt Liddiard.To his credit, the referee
spotted the infringement, awarded the penalty and Jon Davies scored easily from the spot kick.
The match then settled into a fast, feisty affair with Cirencester asking questions down each wing,
but Frome having the answers, and Frome almost doubled their lead in the 22nd as a Davies free
kick was curled into the box, and as Dan Cleverley flicked on, the stretching Mike Bryant poked the
ball onto the post from very close range.
Cirencester continued to threaten, but Chitty only ever had to deal with a few shots and headers
from long range, and Frome made it 2-0 in the 38th minute as George Miller curled in a lovely cross
from the left and Mitchell Page rose, hung in the air and powered home the header into the top
corner from ten yards out.
History shows that you can always expect a battle at Cirencester and the home side looked much
faster and more determined at the start of the second half, and they duly pulled a goal back in the
49th as a period of pressure led to a cross that was nodded home at the far post by Lee Smith to
make it 2-1 to Frome.
At this stage, Cirencester were going all out for the equaliser, Frome were defending in depth and
were struggling to get out of their own half, and as the pressure built, only a superb defensive
header from Marcus Mapstone and two great saves from Chitty in quick succession kept the visitors
in front, however, they weathered the storm and then moved onto the front foot in spectacular
A lovely passing move involving Page and George Miller allowed Mike Bryant to shoot home in the
68th, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside, but two minutes later Frome made it 3-1 as a
great Davies run into the box saw him ushered away from goal, but he turned and chipped the ball
back in for Dan Cleverley to hit a 20 yard volley sweetly into the corner of the net to the delight of
the travelling fans.
This goal effectively took the fight out of Cirencester and Frome now swept into the ascendancy
with open, attractive passing and quality running off the ball that threatened every time they came
A superb period of play from Frome in the 82nd minute can only be described as “Barcelona like”,
with 20 or so short passes being played on the edge of the Cirencester box before Davies burst into
the box and just skimmed the crossbar with a shot. What a goal that would have been!!
The fully deserved fourth goal arrived for Frome in the 87th minute as another breathtaking
interchange of passes let Darren Jefferies in on the right, and the winger raced to the dead ball
line and pulled the ball back for fellow substitute Jake Jackson to shoot low into the net through
the legs of Harvey Rivers.
The Frome fans were pinching themselves at the end of this one to make sure it wasn’t a dream,
and looking forward with relish to the visit of Weymouth to the Special Effect Stadium at Badgers
Hill on Wednesday 17th August .
Captain Dan Cleverley was awarded the H&B Tyres Man of the Match award and it was richly
deserved for an outstanding performance.