Friday 22nd July 2016
Melksham Town 2 Frome Town 2
Frome Scorers: Jackson (26), Hobbs (45)
Melksham Scorers: Higdon (60), Davidson (83)
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After leading 2-0 at half time with goals from Jake Jackson and Rob Hobbs, Melksham fought back
in a keenly contested match and equalised with a late goal from Lee Davidson.
With the Melksham side containing many ex Frome players, this was always going to be friendly
played with local pride in mind, and there were plenty of mini battles going on all over the park in
a game that was played at a fast pace but also in a good spirit.
With Darren Chitty absent, Frome were pleased to have Slimbridge’s James Sharman in goal, but
the game started disastrously for the goal keeper as in the 10th minute he came out, dived and
saved bravely at the feet of a Melksham forward, but then stayed still on the ground. The
ambulance was called for and there was a lengthy stoppage until he was taken to hospital with
suspected rib and neck injuries. Frome’s best wishes go to the brave Sharman for a speedy recovery
from the injury.
Melksham loaned Frome their reserve goalkeeper Tom Drewitt to play in goal, and when the game
resumed, it turned into an open, fast, feisty affair with Melksham looking the more dangerous as
they raided on the right, however, it was Frome that took the lead in the 26th minute as Josh
Ferguson lobbed Rob Brown only for the ball to come back off the crossbar allowing Jake Jackson to
collect and score with ease from ten yards.
Rob Hobbs replaced Jordan Walker in the 37th minute, and he was on hand to ghost in at the far
post and head home a Kris Miller cross from the left wing with the last action of the first half to
give Frome a 2-0 lead at the interval.
Frome almost made it 3-0 in the 57th as a lovely through ball from Jon Davies allowed a run on goal
for Jackson, but his measured shot hit the inside of the post and rolled along the goal line before
coming narrowly back into play.
Melksham were also looking dangerous at the other end, and the pulled the score back to 2-1 on
the hour as Gary Higdon turned well in the box and shot home low in the corner.
Frome came back and they created chances as Marcus Mapstone headed a Davies free kick over the
bar, Jackson brought a low save from Brown and went very close shortly afterwards as another
Davies defence splitting ball found him in space but he hesitated a little too long and a defender
snuffed out the danger.
Melksham’s deserved equaliser came in the 83rd minute as a move on the left allowed Lee Davidson
to shoot home low in the corner and in fairness, a draw was probably about the right result.