Saturday 14th January 2017
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Frome Town 8 Redditch Utd. 1
Frome Scorers: Jackson (25),(77), (90), Bryant (41), (80), Knight (30), Teale (54), Davies (61p)
Redditch Scorers:Johnson (58)
Star Man: Jake Jackson
Entertainment Value: 5/5
Frome Town made it nine matches unbeaten as they beat tenth placed Redditch 8-1 with a deserved
hat trick from man of the match Jake Jackson topping off a superb team performance and seeing
Frome once again move to within a point of the play off places.
With Frome able to once again name a completely unchanged side from last week, the only change
to the squad was the inclusion of Aiden Kirby on the bench as he returned from Army duties. After
last week’s game against Kings Langley when the ball just refused to go in the net, there was talk in
the crowd that one day this Frome side might just score a hat full of goals against someone, and so it
was to prove.
The opening quarter was fairly uneventful, but Frome looked to be far more pro-active than Redditch,
and with Jackson hitting a shot into the side netting in the 16th, the home side were definitely starting
to turn their possession into chances, and a minute later they should have taken the lead as Marcus
Mapstone won a header at the far post and as the ball bounced along the line, both Jackson and
Bryant somehow managed not to get a touch and force it over.
Redditch goalkeeper Bradley Catlow made a good from Davies save five minutes later as Frome
carved open the Redditch defence with slick interchanges, and he did well again shortly after to tip a
dipping, 20 yard Ollie Knight volley over the bar for a corner, but he was let down by his defence at
the corner as Davies swung the ball to Jackson at the far post to control and hammer home a shot
into the top corner to give the Frome a 1-0 lead.
With Frome completely running the game now, chances for George Miller and Sam Teale came and
went before Frome made it 2-0 as Davies turned defence into attack with a run that saw Jackson and
Knight going right and left and the Redditch defenders hopelessly outnumbered. Davies showed his
class by waiting for the perfect moment then releasing the ball to Knight who curled the ball over
Catlow from 18 yards to make it 2-0 to the dominant home side.
Frome made it 3-0 in the 41st as a Davies produced a carbon copy corner after a George Miller shot
had been blocked, and again he found Jackson at the far post and again Jackson shot for goal, but
this time the ball took a deflection and Bryant was on hand at the far post to forced it over the line
from close range.
No doubt the riot act was read to the Redditch side at half time, but it didn’t make that much
difference, Frome were still comfortably the better side, and they made it 4-0 in the 54th after Catlow
had made a very good fingertip save to just deny Jackson, but from the resulting corner, a high
dropping ball caused chaos and with Clayton Green, Bryant and Knight all being involved, Sam Teale
was on hand to supply the final touch that took the ball into the corner of the net.
Redditch finally found some fight after this and pulled one back five minutes later as Danico Johnson
finished from close range after Kyle Phillips had saved from Luke Keen, but the fightback soon
petered out as Catlow was penalised for pushing a Frome player out the way so that he punch the
corner away. With the referee explaining that he had clearly warned the keeper about this tactic
several times, Davies made no mistake and Frome took a 5-1 lead in the 61st minute.
With the game now won, Frome made three substitutions, replacing Davies, Knight and Roberts with
Darren Jefferies, James Fitzgibbon and Chris Gregan, and the strength of the squad is now such that
they looked just as good for the remainder of the match.
Jackson could easily have added a 6th as he was played in by a misplaced pass from Redditch
defender Jordan Cullinane-Lindurg, but he scooped his shot just wide from 15 yards, then he did
make it 6-1 in the 77th as Fitzgibbon stormed in from the right and pulled the ball back to Jackson
who cleverly turned and poked the ball into the far corner of the net despite the attentions of two
Jackson turned provider three minutes later as he out-muscled Duane Courtney to win the ball and
cut in from the right and despite being on a hat-trick, he unselfishly pulled the ball back for Bryant to
hammer home from 10 yards to make it 7-1 and send the home fans into Lala Land.
Catlow pulled off a good point blank save in the 87th to deny the rampant Frome forwards, but he
was powerless to prevent Jackson from getting his fully deserved hat trick in the 91st minute as he
stooped low to head home a cross from Darren Jefferies and give Frome their biggest ever victory in
the Southern Premier League over a Redditch side that are still in tenth place in the league.
Hat trick hero Jake Jackson was deservedly awarded the H&B Tyres Man of the Match Award by
representatives of Carpe Diem Entertainments who had sponsored the match ... one that will be
remembered for along time to come.