Kings Lynn Town
The Venue & Sports
Saturday 15th April 2017
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Kings Lynn Town 1 Frome Town 1
Frome Scorers: Jackson (78)
Kings Lynn Scorers: Harnwell (36)
Star Man: Carl Crabtree
Entertainment Value: 4/5
With Frome goalkeeper Carl Crabtree’s second appearance of the season leading to his second man
of the match award and with Jake Jackson scoring his 20th goal of the season, Frome did well to dig
in and come away from their longest away day of the season with a 1-1 draw at King’s Lynn Town.
Frome were missing Kyle Phillips, Marcus Mapstone, Sam Teale and Ollie Knight from their line up as
they travelled to Norfolk on a Bank Holiday Saturday, and with Kings Lynn safe in 14th place and
Frome only having a very remote chance of making the play-off positions, this could have been an
“end of season” affair, but it turned out to be anything but.
On a dry pitch with a stiff wind and in front of a good crowd of 505, Crabtree was forced into action as
early as the 1st minute as he saved well from Ryan Hawkins and the home side were obviously up
for the challenge as Sam Gaughran headed a free kick wide a few minutes later.
With Frome getting into the game after the long journey, the match turned into an open, attractive
affair, with Crabtree again having to be alert in the 10th as he came quickly out of his goal to clear a
through ball that threatened danger, but as the home side ramped up the pressure, they went close in
the 21st as Chris Ward just failed to connect with a header and then Mike Clunan let fly with an effort
that just cleared the bar.
Frome’s first real chance fell to Darren Jefferies in the 30th after good work by Kris MIller and Jake
Jackson, but with the shot clearing the bar, Crabtree performed heroics in the 33rd to save
(apparently with his face) a close range shot from Chris Ward with the Kings Lynn twitter feed
describing it as “the save of the season”.
However Crabtree could do little to deny Kings Lynn opening the scoring in the 33rd as a mix up in
the defence allowed youngster Ryan Harnwell to “pass” the ball into the net from 8 yards for his first
goal in the Southern Premier League and make the score 1-0 to the hosts.
Another blinding save from Crabtree in the 45th denied Kegan Everington from giving the hosts
another goal, and with the score 1-0 at half time, it was all to play for in the second half, which
opened with a shot from Jackson being saved by Alex Street at the near post, but Crabtree was
again in action in the 56th as he saved well from Kieren Ship.
However, Frome were starting to apply more pressure to the home defence, but it was hard to see
where the goal would come from until up popped to Jackson in the 78th minute to shoot home from
close range, thus scoring his 20th of the season and his 16th away from home.
Kings Lynn went very close to getting the winner in the 84th as athrough ball from Clunan found
Sam Warburton in a possible offside position, but no flag was shown and his shot cannoned back off
the base of the post to safety, and Frome had a half chance right at the end as a header from a
corner was just blocked, but at the end of the day, the visitors would probably feel quite content to
come away with a share of the points.
Carl Crabtree was awarded the H&B Tyres Man of the Match Award and kept up his 100% record of
getting this award, with two games and two awards and both times being instrumental in earning his
side a draw.