Saturday 3rd December 2016
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Slough Town 1 Frome Town 2
Frome Scorers: Teale (4), Knight (67)
Slough Scorers: Dobson (70p)
Star Man: Clayton Green
Entertainment Value: 5/5
A week is a long time in football, and following on from their 6-1 thumping at Truro last Saturday,
Frome Town produced one of their best performances of the season to win 2-1 on the artificial pitch
of second placed Slough Town thanks to an early goal from Sam Teale and a first goal for Ollie Knight
midway through the second half.
With Dan Cleverley sidelined with a worrying knee injury, Clayton Green took his place in midfield,
Ollie Knight to started wide on the left and Jake Jackson started at number 9 alongside Mike Bryant.
Fan’s favourite and “prodigal son” Dean Griffiths took his place on the bench after his transfer from
Larkhall for another spell with Frome.
On the perfect artificial surf and on a cold day, the minutes silence for the victims of the South
American air crash was perfectly observed, and it was Frome who got off to a dream start in the 4th
minute as a free kick from the edge of the Slough area was met by the head of captain Sam Teale,
and the early goal perfectly set the scene for Frome to go on to have an excellent first half.
As Slough started to put some moves together, Frome showed that they were adept at breaking up
the attacks and went close as a strong shout for a handball in the area was ignored, and George
Miller had a shot well saved by Mark Scott as he followed up on the chance.
Frome continued to carve out chances as shots by Jon Davies and a good cross from Kris Miller all
indicated their dominance, and as the match progressed, the home fans started to show their
displeasure towards their own team who had only lost one match at home all season, and with
Marcus Mapstone and Connor Roberts comfortably dealing with everything that Slough could throw
at them, Frome were well worth their 1-0 lead at half time.
With harsh words no doubt being spoken in the home dressing room at half time, Slough came out
with a lot more purpose and had a lot of early pressure, but the Frome defence are used to protecting
a lead and despite several free kicks and long range shots, Kyle Phillips was never called on to make
anything other than a routine save.
Much to the ire of the home supporters, Frome doubled their lead in the 67th minute as Davies won a
throw in on close to the corner flag, and from the resulting attack, Ollie Knight side-footed the ball
home from 8 yards as he arrived at the far post at exactly the right moment.
The two goal advantage only lasted for three minutes though, as Marcus Mapstone was harshly
adjudged to have fouled in the area and as James Dobson hammered the penalty low into the corner,
even the excellent “Rebels Radio” broadcaster said that he could see nothing wrong with the
With twenty minutes still to play, Slough could now sense a way back into this match, though their
frustration grew as they failed to open up the Frome defence and with Miller and Davies going just
wide with shots on the home goal, the next goal, if it came, would be of huge importance.
Dean Griffiths and Aiden Kirby replaced Jake Jackson and Mike Bryant in the 85th, and Griffiths was
on the pitch long enough to pick up a yellow card and an injury that saw him substituted by Nathan
Summer. It’s never boring when Deano’s on the pitch!!
After 8 minutes of injury time, the referee finally blew his whistle on a very impressive performance
from Frome that showed the character that is running through the side under the leadership of Josh
Jeffries and his team.
Clayton Green was awarded the H&B Tyres Man of the Match for an impressive performance in
midfield that nullified a lot of the Slough attacking threat.