Tuesday 19th July 2016
Frome Town 1 Gosport Borough 2
Frome Scorers: Jefferies (81)
Gosport Scorers: Brice (36), Lanahan (49)
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On a sweltering night on the hottest day of the year, Frome narrowly lost 2-1 in an entertaining and
competitive friendly with National League South side Gosport Borough.
The Frome starting line up could well have been the one that ended last season as virtually ever
player from last year has signed up again which bodes well for the coming campaign in the Evo-Stik
The familiarity of the Frome players showed straight from the kick off, and, despite this being a
friendly, there was very little to choose between the two sides throughout the entire match.
Frome had the first chance of the match in the 10th minute as a Dan Cleverley shot fizzed past the
far post following a left wing corner, and four minutes later Jon Davies did well on the right wing
and as he cut in and crossed, Mike Bryant produced a volley that was just tipped over the bar by
Martin Rile in the visitors goal.
Gosport took the lead in the 36th minute as both tall centre backs came up for a left wing corner,
and as Frome failed to clear the ball, they stayed up and as a cross came in from the left wing,
they both played their part as Sam Pearce won the ball at the far post and headed it back across
goal to set up a close range headed goal from Adam Brice.
Frome nearly equalised just before half time as Miller and Davies combined well on the right to set
up a shooting chance for Bryant only for the shot to be blocked by brave defending, and with the
match in stoppage time, Darren Jefferies brought a save from Rile with a shot following a free kick
awarded for a yellow card challenge by Ben Harding.
Gosport made it 2-0 in the 49th as a seemingly innocuous right wing cross was palmed away by
Darren Chitty, only for Sam Lanahan to be on hand to immediately drive the ball back into the net.
At this stage it seemed that the match might be “done and dusted”, but following the round of
substitutions, the match maintained its competitive feel, and in the 81st, after Jake Jackson had
made good ground on the right, his perfect cross allowed Jefferies to score easily and make it an
interesting last ten minutes.
Frome definitely finished the stronger of the two sides in that last ten minutes, but couldn’t find a
way past the Gosport defence, and, on balance, the scoreline was probably a good reflection of the
match as a whole.