Saturday 13th August 2016
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
St Neots Town 3 Frome Town 2
Frome Scorers: Davies (30p), Jackson (89)
St Neots Scorers: Rogers (1), (90), Clark (82)
Star Man: Connor Roberts
Entertainment Value: 4/5
St Neot’s Declan Rogers’ brace of goals scored in the very first and the very last minutes consigned
Frome to a 3-2 defeat after they had battled well with ten men to pull it back to 2-2 with a goal
from Jake Jackson
With goalkeeper Darren Chitty unavailable, Frome were grateful to Plymouth Argyle for the loan of
Corey Harvey between the sticks as Frome played their third goalkeeeper in three matches. Apart
from that, the starting line up was the same as the one that had done so well at Cirencester, apart
from the inclusion of Darren Jefferies at the expense of Josh Ferguson.
The game started badly for Frome with the hosts taking a 1st minute lead as Connor Roberts was
caught in possession and as the ball broke free, Declan Rogers hit a screamer from 25 yards that
buried itself in the top corner giving Harvey no chance.
As the match settled, it was an even contest between the two sides, but Frome equalised on the
half hour as a four man move set Darren Jefferies on a run into the box, only for him to be
flattened by a despairing tackle. The referee pointed to the spot and Jon Davies calmly buried the
ball into the corner for his second penalty success in as many games.
Despite Frome being the better side in the remainder of the first half, they failed to trouble the
scorer again, and as the second half got underway, both sides were playing attractive football in
what was becoming an even competitive match.
However the balance shifted mid way through the second half as a tussle resulted in Frome’s
Jordan Walker being shown a red card for an alleged punch, with the melee also resulting in a
yellow for the host’s Don Mason.
Frome immediately took off Mike Bryant and brought on new signing Clayton Green to play at left
back, St Neots made good use of their advantage shortly after as a cross came in from the left and
Peter Clark completely mis-hit his volley from 12 yards out, but as the ball hit the ground it looped
up and under the cross bar again giving Harvey no chance.
The impressive Harvey distinguished himself with fine saves from Jordan Brown and Mike Hyem, but
then the ten men of Frome equalised in the 89th after Marcus Mapstone had pushed up to play as
centre forward and as he won long goal kick, nodded it to Davies who then set up super-sub Jake
Jackson to score to the right of Alex Archer from 12 yards out.
Frome’s huge celebrations at their last gasp equaliser were cut short as, right from the kick off, St
Neots went forward, and as a hopeful shot cannoned off a Frome defender, the ball broke to the
edge of the penalty area and that man Declan Rogers was on hand to fire home the winner, meaning
that he had scored in the very first and the very last minutes of the match.
Connor Roberts was awarded the H&B Tyres Man of the Match award for another impressive display
at the heart of the Frome defence.