Saturday 25th March 2017
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Frome Town 1 Slough Town 0
Frome Scorers: Bath (45)
Slough Scorers: None
Star Men: Kyle Phillips
Entertainment Value: 4/5
Frome Town got back to winning ways as they completed the double over fourth placed Slough Town
thanks to a first club goal from Ryan Bath on the stroke of half time, a sterling defensive performance
in the second half and a penalty miss from Slough’s James Dobson.
Frome would appear to be Slough’s bogey team as the Somerset side have never lost in the previous
five meetings, but with a depleted side and Slough looking certainties to be in the play offs at the end
of the season, this would obviously be a stern test.
With Marcus Mapstone unavailable, Jon Davies, Jake Jackson and Jordan Walker on the bench but
not really fit, Clayton Green dropped back into central defence alongside Connor Roberts and the
fact that no substitutes were used during the match gives an indication of the injury levels on the
With Slough bringing good support, a crowd of 307 gathered to watch on a sunny, Spring like day
with a dry pitch and a still wind blowing towards the Club House end which was to influence the
match throughout the 90 minutes.
The match started evenly with both teams coming to grips with the conditions and Slough had the
first sniff of goal in the 15th as a long throw from Guy Hollis made use of the wind to cause problems
in the Frome area, and with the throw that was as good as a corner kick, this would cause problems
throughout the match.
Kyle Phillips made his first save of the match in the 17th as he saved well from a Simon Dunn
snapshot and with Frome struggling to make any inroads into the Slough defence, and with Slough
pressing a high line, they started to look like the team most likely to open the scoring.
The visitors went close several times during a period of pressure around the half hour mark, and they
should perhaps have taken the lead in the 36th as Warren Harris shot wide after a header from Gavin
James had put him into a good shooting position.
With the match looking like it would be goalless at half time, Frome took the lead in the 45th minute
as a throw in on the right wing saw Ollie Knight produce a moment of trickery to slip the ball to Ryan
Bath and the big centre forward took one touch and produced a reverse shot that deceived Shaun
Rowley and the ball rolled unerringly into the far corner.
With the wind behind them Frome started brightly in the second half and Mike Bryant just failed to
direct his header goalwards as he was first to a George Miller free kick, and with Chris Gregan
showing that he had a long throw that also worked in the wind, Frome looked dangerous in what was
becoming an end to end match.
However, as the half progressed, Slough moved more into the drivers seat and as the Frome defence
appeared to deal with another long throw, Kris MIller seemed to go to ground and to the surprise of
both sets of supporters, the referee blew for a penalty for some reason.
However, Slough’s James Dobson saw his penalty kick hit the base of the post, and as the ball
rebounded into the six yard box, Simon Dunn was the first to arrive but his header was weak and
directed straight into the arms of the grateful Kyle Phillips.
Phillips pulled off a superb low save in the 32nd as Warren Harris got his head to another long throw
and Slough certainly were turning the screw at this point, but Frome always looked dangerous on the
counter with the pace of James Fitzgibbon and Ollie Knight always causing problems as they chased
the ball over the top of the defence.
The 70th minute George Miller pick out the head of Ryan Bath with a free kick and he did the same
again with a corner a few minutes later, but the header was just wide of the post, and at the other
end, the Frome defence was having to work hard as a Slough attacked with pace and bodies
whenever they could.
With Phillips producing a man of the match performance with punches, catches and interceptions and
picking up a few knocks as well, it was looking like Frome might hold on to the lead, and indeed they
went close to doubling the lead with two minutes to go as Ollie Knight and James Fitzgibbon worked
hard to produce a shooting chance for Fitzgibbon that Rowley did well to save with his legs.
The last attack of the match saw Slough throw everyone up for a free kick (including their
goalkeeper), but the Frome defence dealt with the threat and the referee blew for time within seconds
for a very good, hard fought victory.
Goalkeeper Kyle Phillips was awarded the H&B Tyres Man of the Match Award by representatives of
Lilley’s Cider who had sponsored the match, and it was an excellent performance under a lot of