Frome Town St Neots Officials T Burley L Ibbeson G Martin Match Sponsor John Scott Builders Ball Sponsor Time is Precious 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) Crowd: 181 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 equaliser. 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.