Saturday 24th September 2016
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Redditch Utd. 2 Frome Town 1
Frome Scorers: Jackson (73)
Redditch Scorers: Johnson (43), Courtney (76)
Star Man: Connor Roberts
Entertainment Value: 4/5
A much better, disciplined performance from Frome Town saw them narrowly lose 2-1 at Redditch,
with Redditch getting the winner from the resulting corner after Darren Chitty had saved a 75th
Frome were still unable to field a full strength side with Sam Teale, Jordan Walker, Clayton Green,
Kris Miller, MItchell Page and Mike Bryant all out through injury or suspension, but Connor Roberts
slotted in at right back with Marcus Mapstone playing at the centre of defence alongside Nathan
Frome took a while to get used to the 3G artificial pitch and Redditch could easily have taken an
early lead as a free header from a cross went well wide,but as they settled, Aidan Kirby brought a
save from Bradley Catlow at the other end.
After Danico Johnson had headed over for the hosts when it looked easier to score, good work from
Jon Davies set up Jake Jackson who was clean through on goal only to be foiled by Catlow, and with
Kirby being brought down on the edge of the Redditch box, the hosts were a little lucky as the
referee produced a yellow card when a red was a distinct possibility.
After Davies had brought a save from Catlow with the resulting free kick, Chitty showed his class as
he also saved a Redditch free kick that was heading for the top corner, and as the match continued
to flow from end to end, Redditch took the lead with two minutes remaining as Johnson rose well
at the far post to head home a deep cross, a lead that they held until the half time whistle.
Frome came out brightly at the start of the second half and a Davies shot was deflected over for a
corner in the very first attack, but as they went chasing the equaliser, Chitty was called on to make
a great save as Redditch counter attacked with pace.
To their credit, Frome equalised in the 73rd minute as Marcus Mapstone found Connor Roberts who
broke out of defence down the right and his his pin point cross was touched home by Jake Jackson
for a well deserved goal on the balance of play.
However, the lead only lasted two minutes as Nathan Summers was penalised for a dubious push in
the penalty area, and just as it seemed that justice had been done as Chitty saved the spot kick,
Frome showed their frailty again at defending set pieces and Duane Courtney headed home the
Frome failed to be dis-heartened by this and pressed hard for the equaliser but could never quite
carve out a clear cut opportunity and right at the end Redditch could have added a third as Johnson
found himself clean through on goal only to shoot wide.
Though this match was Frome’s third defeat on the trot, the discipline and spirit showed a marked
improvement on previous matches, with not a single yellow card shown to the visiting side.
Connor Roberts was awarded the H&B Tyres Man of the Match award, his second in a row for a
sterling performance in defence and also in his attacking play down the wing.