Clive Lewis Lettings
Saturday 18th March 2017
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Frome Town 3 Kettering Town 3
Frome Scorers: Fitzgibbon (16secs), (30), Knight (68)
Kettering Scorers: O’Connor (19), Brighton (37), Hull (56)
Star Men: Ollie Knight
Entertainment Value: 5/5
A hugely entertaining, if slightly crazy match, saw Frome and Kettering share the points in a six goal
match that frankly could have finished at any scoreline you care to think of.
Frome started the match with a radically re-shuffled side as key defenders Connor Roberts, Marcus
Mapstone and Sam Teale ( a total of 101 matches played by those three players this season) were
all unavailable due to suspension and other reasons, and with Mike Bryant also not available, Jon
Davies at least on the bench but not really fit to play, the odds were against a clean sheet in this
Clayton Green and Jordan Walker were press ganged into action as emergency central defenders
and with no real height across the entire back four, it was going to prove an interesting afternoon if
Kettering brought any real height in their forward line.
With Kettering winning the toss and electing to choose ends, Frome kicked off and were in front 16
seconds later as a superb ball from Darren Jefferies allowed James Fitzgibbon a run on goal from the
left wing and his low finish into the corner gave Paul White no chance.
Kettering had a big chance five minutes later as a a well worked right wing move led to a shooting
chance for James Hull that thankfully hit Ollie Knight and with Kyle Phillips finding himself in no-
man’s land outside his box a few minutes later, Frome were looking a little shaky at the back, as
might be expected.
After Fitzgibbon had almost doubled his tally with another dangerous run and Kettering’s Liam
Cavanan had hit a snapshot past the post, the visitors equalised in the 19th minute as Aaaron
O’Connor rose well and applied a superb flicked header to a left wing cross to give Phillips no
Kettering started to turn the screw after this and with Phillips doing well to beat James Hull to the ball
in the 22nd, Hull managed to get the ball into the net four minutes later only to be denied by an
offside flag and Phillips producing a great save a minute later to push a deflected Canavan shot just
round the corner, they were looking good value to get the next goal.
However, after a period of pressure in the Kettering half, Frome made it 2-1 in the 30th as George
Miller curled a perfect free kick onto the head of Fitzgibbon who headed cleanly home into the top
corner to double his tally for the match.
Frome now moved onto the front foot and Jake Jackson hit multiple shots into the Kettering defence
in the space of a few seconds and then shot just wide of the post following a throw, but Kettering then
broke and a very good 4 man passing move carved open the Frome defence and James Brighton
hammered the ball home from 10 yards after being set up well by Rene Howe, to make it 2-2.
Jackson had a big chance to regain the lead fro Frome as he pulled down a corner well but then shot
high over the bar, and with Phillips saving well from Hull and Frome finishing the half with a flurry of
corners, this was certainly an entertaining game to watch.
With the second half starting off in the same vein as the first, Kettering took the lead in the 56th as
James Hull cut in from the right to shoot low and the ball took a big deflection off Jordan Walker’s
outstretched leg to beat Phillips at the near post, and with Walker just managing to make a last ditch
clearance as Kettering attacked again 4 minutes later, the visitors were just about favourites at this
However, Frome weren’t to be denied, and the equaliser and goal of the game arrived in the 68th as
Frome debutant Ryan Bath headed the ball back for Ollie Knight to hit a 20 yard screaming volley
into the corner of the net for a superbly taken goal.
Kettering had a big chance to win it in the 76th as Howe headed the ball back across goal only for
Hull to smash the ball high over the bar from close range, and with Fitzgibbon almost picking out the
perfect cross to find the head of Jackson in the 79th, Frome were also looking dangerous on the
break, but as the heavy conditions took their toll on the players, neither side could create the opening
to win the game and the supporters on both sides were probably quite pleased with the draw.
Goalscorer and right winger Ollie Knight was presented with the H&B Tyres Man of the Match
Award by the “London Millers on Tour” who had sponsored the match.