Saturday 25th February 2017
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Merthyr Town 1 Frome Town 2
Frome Scorers: Roberts (24), Teale (67)
Merthyr Scorers: Compton (63)
Star Man: Jordan Walker
Entertainment Value: 5/5
Following on from their excellent draw at Hitchin last week, Frome Town produced an even better
performance to win 2-1 at Merthyr Town thanks to goals from defenders Connor Roberts and Sam
Teale and thereby becoming the first away side to win on Merthyr’s artificial pitch this season.
With Jordan Walker starting his first game since picking up a hamstring injury at Salisbury at the start
of September as he replaced the injured Kris Miller, manager Josh Jeffries also rotated the squad a
little more giving starts to attackers Aiden Kirby and Darren Jefferies.
On a wet afternoon, the match started with Walker immediately being tested for pace, but Kyle
Phillips was quickly out to cover and with Clayton Green and Kirby combining well to release Jon
Davies, Merthyr’s custodian Oliver Davies showed that he was also quick to come off his line.
Merthyr went close in the 12th as a curling cross from Jack Compton was just punched away by
Phillips as Ryan Prosser lurked menacingly behind him, Frome started to show their prowess in
attack with a series of free kicks and corners that Davies always threatened from with his exceelent
After Phillips had again showed his speed off the line to smother at the feet of Compton, Frome took
the lead in the 23rd as central defender Roberts let fly with a powerful, low, long range shot that flew
unerringly into the bottom corner of the net from a position just inside the centre circle, and it’s not the
first time that he’s cored from this sort of range this season.
Stung into action, Merthyr’s Ashley Evans hit a volley into the arms of Phillips two minutes later, and
as a 20 yarder from Elliot Richards flew over the bar on the half hour, the game was looking like it
had the potential for more goals, and Frome nearly doubled their lead a minute later as Kirby
rounded the keeper to pull the ball back from a tight angle only for Curtis McDonald to clear the ball
off the line.
Frome kept applying the pressure and not allowing the home team to settle, and the second goal very
nearly arrived in the 38th as a Davies free kick from just inside the Merthyr half thudded against the
crossbar with his namesake Oliver Davies getting nowhere near to the flight of the ball.
Merthyr had their own chance to equalise in the first minute of injury time as they were awarded a
free kick right on the edge of the box, but Compton’s shot was always rising over the bar and Frome
were well worth their 1-0 advantage at half time.
As might be expected, Merthyr came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, but Frome are
expert at weathering storms these days and with Phillips dealing with everything that came his way,
Frome started to get back onto the front foot, only to be undone in the 63rd by a “route 1” goal as a
long kick from Oliver Davies found Compton running through on goal and he cooly slotted the ball
past Phillips into the corner of the net to make it 1-1.
However, Frome only took another four minutes to regain their lead, and after a Davies cross had
been headed out for a corner, Sam Teale was on hand to stab home the corner from close range and
score another of those priceless goals that he seems to have the knack of getting just at the right
Merthyr went hunting for the equaliser and Curtis McDonald headed a Compton free kick over the bar
in the 81st, but Frome still looked dangerous with a Marcus Mapstone header going just wide from a
corner won by Walker in the 81st, and a big shout for a penalty being ignored as Kirby seemed to be
flattened in the area.
Worryingly, Frome’s talisman and undoubted playmaker Jon Davies had to be substituted right at the
end for what looked like a nasty injury and Chris Gregan took his place allowing Frome to see out the
remaining few minutes and seal the famous victory.
On an afternoon full of candidates for the award, Jordan Walker was awarded the H&B Tyres Man of
the Match Award and it was a very good return to the action after such a long layoff.