Saturday 27th August 2016
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Frome Town 1 Kings Lynn 3
Frome Scorers: Jefferies (6)
Kings Lynn Scorers: Clunan (60), Stevenson (78), Hillard (86)
Star Man: Chris Gregan
Entertainment Value: 3/5
After Frome had led 1-0 at half time, a disappointing second half with both sides reduced to ten
men saw Kings Lynn equalise and then catch Frome with two late counter attacks that saw them run
out as 3-1 winners.
With Jordan Walker suspended, Jake Jackson injured and Sam Teale not yet fully fit, Chris Gregan
started at left back with Clayton Green moving into midfield and George Miller taking on the No.9
Frome took the lead in the 6th with their first real attack as a raid down the middle seemed to
pose no real threat as Mitchell Page lost control, but the ball came off the central defender and
broke to Darren Jefferies who advanced into the box and struck a low left foot shot into the corner
of the goal.
Kings Lynn replied with a period of pressure and as Jon Davies was dispossessed as he tried to
break, Lynn’s Toby Hillard missed a big chance as he broke unchallenged into the box but skied his
shot high and wide with only Darren Chitty to beat.
Hillard was to miss an even bigger chance in the 14th as Shaun McWilliams broke into the box on
the right and as he shot across the face of the goal, the unmarked Hillard should have buried it
from close range, his shot lacked pace and direction and Chitty was able to make a good save.
Despite Frome being generally second best, they almost made it 2-0 in the 20th as Davies robbed
Matt Castellan on the edge of the box and as he played the ball into the area, Lynn’s Alex Street
made an excellent save to tio away the shot of Clayton Green who had come bursting into the box.
Frome’s lack of depth in their squad was highlighted in the 24th as their rock solid centre half
Marcus Mapstone was forced off with a knee injury to be replaced by a wide midfield player Josh
Ferguson, requiring Clayton Green to play at centre half, his third position in two matches.
Despite Lynn tending to be the better side in the first half, Frome were still comfortable defending
their lead, but things changed in the third minute of injury time as a challenge on Darren Jefferies
by Dan Quigley went unpunished, the winger reacted to the challenge and after a melee had
erupted, when the dust settled, Frome’s Page and Lynn’s Quigley were both shown straight reds,
with the referee indicating that Page had thrown a punch and Quigley had kicked out when on the
Frome started well enough in the second half, but couldn’t create a chance in a match that was
continually being interrupted by the referee’s whistle, and they only held on in the 54th as a Lynn
right wing corner found Lee Stevenson unmarked, and after Chitty had pulled off a great save for
the first header, the ball was swung back in and Stevenson’s second header thumped against the
After a Matt Castellan header had skimmed the home cross bar, Kings Lynn equalised in the 60th
minute as a foul by Jefferies on the edge of the box led to a free kick that was hammered into the
wall, only for the rebound to fall kindly for Mike Clunan who hit a great drive into the corner from
just outside the box.
To their credit, Frome went looking for the winner but looked a bit ragged and were failing to
created chances. Kings Lynn were looking content to soak up the pressure and take home the point,
but as Frome went forward they were leaving big gaps at the back and they were caught cold in the
78th as a right wing throw was missed by two Frome defenders and Stevenson found himself
unmarked in the Frome box and shot low into the corner giving Chitty no chance.
Aidan Kirby came on to replace Dan Cleverley in the 83rd as Frome threw everything at the visitors,
but it made no real impact and they were caught cold again in the 86th as a right wing counter
attack led to a cross that was easily fired home by Hillard, with two more Lynn forwards queueing
up to score should he have missed his shot.
Frome saw the welcome return to the pitch of Sam Teale with a few minutes left, and with injuries
and suspension now starting to take its toll of the squad, let’s hope his full return is not too far
Left back Chris Gregan was awarded the H&B Tyres Man of the Match award by Kevin Corcoran who
had sponsored the match.