Clive Lewis Lettings
Saturday 28th January 2017
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Frome Town 3 Stratford Town 1
Frome Scorers: Kalenda (3og), Davies (34p), (85)
Stratford Scorers: Taylor (68)
Star Man: Jon Davies
Entertainment Value: 4/5
Despite leading from the third minute and dominating the game for long periods, Frome were
struggling to break down a dogged Stratford Town defence, and after Stratford pulled it back to 2-1
with twenty minutes to go, only a third goal from man of the match Jon Davies eventually sealed
all three points.
With no injuries or suspensions, Frome were again able to start the match with the same starting
eleven for the fifth match in a row, and with a full bench of substitutes who can all add something
to the game, this consistency is now shining through in the results.
On a heavy pitch, the match started and Frome had a big let off in the 2nd minute as a right wing
move from the visitors lead to their centre forward Mike Taylor blazing over from five yards out,
when he should have done much better, but then Frome took the lead a minute later as Jean
Kallenda deflected a Davies corner into his own goal, with Sam Teale cheekily claiming the goal
though the consensus of opinion was that he had just missed the ball with a diving header.
Frome started to then move into full control and a George Miller shot flew just past the near post
in the 11th after Davies had set him up, and Davies himself clipped a long range shot just past the
far post in the 17th as Stratford were struggling to make any impression the game apart from
occasional lone raids into the Frome half.
Niall Cooper somehow scrambled a low Davies free kick off of the line in the 21st after Ollie Knight
had been fouled on the edge of the area, and with Mike Bryant having a shot deflected for a corner
in the 24th and Knight just heading over four minutes later, the crowd were beginning to wonder if
these missed chances would cost dearly in the final analysis.
However, Frome did get a second in the 34th minute as the referee adjudged that Stratford’s
William Grocott had handled the ball while seeing a corner out of play and Jon Davies scored low
into the corner from the spot to give Frome a 2-0 lead that they thoroughly deserved.
With Jake Jackson outpacing the defence to set up a chance in the 37th, a quick break from
Stratford’s Simeon Tulloch saw him get into a shooting position and hit a left foot shot that rolled
agonisingly just wide of the far post and the home fans breathed a sigh of relief, and with Bryant
hitting the base of the Stratford post in the 44th, the score remained 2-0 at half time.
Jackson had a golden chance in the 51st to put Frome further ahead as he just managed to get
underneath a perfect Davies right wing cross and head the ball over the bar, and two minutes later
Cooper saved well at the near post from Jackson and then watched as Teale volleyed the rebound
over the bar.
Frome went close again in the 65th as Knight set Jackson loose and he did everything right to round
the keeper and shoot towards the empty net, but Cooper somehow recovered and brought off an
excellent save to push the ball out for a corner, and straight from that corner, Stratford broke,
worked the ball quickly upfield and Walker stooped low to head home a left wing cross and make
the score 2-1.
Frome should really have been out of sight at this stage, but the goal inspired the visitors who now
started to take charge of the proceedings for the first time in the match, and Sam Teale had to
make a brave, important challenge in the 78th to deny the visitors an improbable equaliser.
However, Frome did ride out the storm with no further damage, and the third goal almost arrived in
the 82nd as Teale cleanly won a header from a corner but managed to clear the crossbar from 6
yards out, but the third goal that sealed the match did arrive in the 85th when substitute James
Fitzgibbon won the ball in his own half, superbly skipped past four tackles and set up Jake Jackson
to play a ball into the path of Davies who rolled the ball coolly into the net and seal the three
This third goal knocked the fight out of Stratford and they almost conceded again in the final
minute, with only another excellent save from Cooper denying Jackson as he saved bravely at the
feet of Jackson.
This result sees Frome firmly in 7th place in the league, only one point outside the play off zone,
and also that they haven’t lost at home in the league since September 14th, a remarkable run of
Jon Davies was awarded his second H&B Tyres Man of the Match Awards in a row by Club
Chairman and match sponsor Jeremy Alderman and he was truly on fire today today and a pleasure