Saturday 19th November 2016
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Frome Town 1 St. Neot’s Town 1
Frome Scorers: Davies (83)
St Neots Scorers: Rogers (53)
Star Man: Jon Davies
Entertainment Value: 4/5
On the balance of chances created, perhaps Frome could and should have won this match, but credit
must also go a young St. Neot’s side who contributed to a fast, open, thoroughly enjoyable 1-1 draw.
Frome’s squad showed Aiden Kirby and Clayton Green starting at numbers 9 and 10, with Jake
Jackson on the bench and Mitchell Page still unavailable due to injury, though the defence and
midfield was starting to look very settled with Sam Teale returning to his normal left back position.
Frome started the faster of the two sides, with Clayton Green shooting over after a period of
pressure, but St Neot’s then started to look dangerous as first James Hall brought a save from Kyle
Phillips and a minute or so later, a flowing St Neots move led to Declan Rogers flicking the ball up for
himself to hit a dipping volley over Phillips that cannoned off the crossbar.
Jon Davies went very close for Frome in the 17th as he picked up the ball in the visitors penalty area
before breezing past two challenges and hitting a left foot shot that Alex Archer did well to just tip
away, and as one corner led to another, the dipping ball fell for Marcus Mapstone to hit a shot that
came up off of the base of the post and straight into Archer’s arms.
A big chance arrived in the 31st for St Neots as they quickly took a free kick in the centre circke
allowing James Hall in for a run on goal, and he was only thwarted by a very good save from Phillips
who then produced an even better save as Jack Eldridge was the first to the resulting corner and hit
a very strong header towards goal.
With Jon Davies continually causing Chevron McLean problems on the right, a string of free kicks
and corners led to headed chances for Mapstone and Teale, but the St Neots defence and keeper
always seemed to be just in the right place at the right time, and even when Teale headed home a
Davies corner, the goal was ruled out as the ball had crossed the dead ball line in flight and the score
remained 0-0 at half time.
With a cold rain starting to fall at half time, Archer twice had to come off his line in the first few
minutes to take the ball at the feet of George Miller and Davies, and after Frome had gone very close
in the 53rd minute as a whipped Davies cross just failed to find Aiden Kirby, Frome were caught by
the classic sucker punch as St Neots quickly worked the ball upfield to Declan Rogers who had time
to advance, compose himself and shoot low past Phillips to give St Neots the lead.
Stung by the goal Frome went looking for the equaliser, but they were leaving gaps at the back and
as Rogers found Hall with a perfect through ball, the striker had masses of time and space but shot
well over the bar, and despite Frome peppering the St Neots area with crosses and shots, they could
never quite find that touch of quality to achieve the breakthrough.
Substitute MIke Bryant had a gilt edged opportunity to score the equaliser in the 74th as a Davies
free kick flew over everyone to land at the feet of Bryant who somehow managed to clear the ball off
the line from a position no more than a yard out, a feat that almost seemed impossible.
Eventually the pressure led to the equaliser in the 83rd minute as Darren Jefferies did well on the left
to work the ball into the area, and after several blocked shots and good saves, Davies found that
moment of quality to hammer the ball home from the edge of the area to give Frome their deserved
Frome looked to have won it two minutes later as substitute Jake Jackson finished off a flowing move
only for the goal to be ruled out for offside, and with three minutes left, Bryant had another chance to
be the hero of the hour as he broke through only to be denied by the brave save at his feet by Archer.
Jon Davies was awarded the H&B Tyres Man of the Match by representatives of John Scott of John
Scott BUilders Ltd who had sponsored the match, and it was another impressive performance and
important goal from Frome’s talisman and play maker.