Tuesday 18th October 2016
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Dorchester Town 3 Frome Town 0
Frome Scorers: None
Dorchester Scorers: Smeeton (25), (37p) Jerrard (87)
Star Man: Kris Miller
Entertainment Value: 3/5
With Frome Town having been beaten 4-0 at home by Dorchester just over a month ago, they were
keen to redress the balance with a good display in this return fixture, but again the fates transpired
against them, and a combination of good finishing by the home side and strange decisions by the
officials led to Dorchester running out 3-0 winners.
Frome’s side showed just the one change from Saturday with Connor Roberts moving to centre back
from right back due to Marcus Mapstone being unavailable, and it was clear from the off that
Roberts and fellow defender Nathan Summers were going to have a busy night as Dorchester
immediately sent long balls forward looking for the head of Nathan Walker.
The early stages with fairly even, with Frome possibly having the better of it as Corby Moore shot
wide early on and then found Aiden Kirby in space, only for Shane Murphy to get to the ball first
and make the save.
However, Dorchester went closest to breaking the deadlock in the 16th as a Lewis Morgan header
from a Tom Blair cross thudded against the Frome crossbar, and they looked dangerous again in the
20th as Blair went on a mazy run that left three defenders in his wake, only for his shot to be easily
claimed by Kyle Phillips.
As Nathan Walker volleyed over the bar, it was clear that the hosts were moving into the driving
seat and they took the lead in the 37th minute as captain Jake Smeeton hit a screaming free kick
into the top corner from a position on the edge of the penalty area.
Dorchester increased their lead in the 37th as the linesman flagged for a penalty for something that
he had seen, and Smeeton helped himself to his second goal of the night giving Phillips no chance
from 12 yards.
Controversy erupted just before half time as Corby Moore was shown his first yellow for dissent as
the referee overruled his linesman, and then six minute later the referee showed him his second
yellow card for apparently diving in the penalty area, though most observers would strongly
disagree with that decision, and most felt that a penalty was actually the more correct decision.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, for long periods, Frome had the better of the second half
and strung together more attacking than the home side who obviously had the two goal cushion to
defend, but with attacking options limited due to the red card, they struggled to capitalise on any
of the attacks and bring a save of any note from Murphy in the home goal.
The frustration of the night and the inconsistency of the decisions eventually led to Frome’s
manager Josh Jeffries being sent to the stands, and on a bad night at the office, Dorchester rubbed
salt into the wound with an 87th minute goal from substitute David Jerrard as he lifted the ball
over Phillips after being found in space by Walker.
Kris Miller was awarded the H&B Tyres Man of the Match award.