The Blues beaten by the Robins
An incisive Frome Town take the points at the MoodChimp
Match Report by Kevin Hand photographs by Granty
Saturday 03 February 2018 3.00pm Evo-Stik Southern Premier League at Mood Chimp Stadium.
Stratford 1 Frome 2 (0-1 HT)
* The better part of valour is discretion
This was to be another disappointing day for Town on a grey miserable at the MoodChimp. Summerfield, Evans and Hancocks returned to the starting eleven with Marsden, Ahenkorah and Thomas rested and on the bench.
The Robins of Frome, the form team of the league, brimmed confidence throughout, whereas the Town boys, immediately, seem full of self-doubt with key players not displaying their normal panache and elan.
The opening exchanges favoured Town as inside 3 minutes Summerfield twice skipped down the right; first delivering a dangerous cross; and then latching onto a Stephens’ pass to fire in a cross shot that was well dealt with by Robins’ keeper, Kyle Phillips.
But the game was turned on its head immediately afterwards as a long ball forward caught out the normally reliable Gallinagh. He was robbed just inside his own half and Joe Raynes strode forward and finished in style. There was a good response from Town and on 13 minutes a Summerfield pass found Taylor 8 yards out from goal. The striker turned smartly but smashed his shot straight at the keeper.
There was not much to choose between the teams for the rest of the half but with the classy Frome outfit seeming to hold a little in reserve. A well-behaved affair turned briefly sour as half time approached with Frome’s Mitchell Page being the villain of the piece in the eyes of Town management, players and fans.
When the second half resumed an ‘atmosphere’ still pervaded and referee, Ollie Williams, brought both captains together to calm things down. This he did until the 54th minute when Page earned the referee’s displeasure and a straight red card for another piece of indiscipline following some frantic mid-field ‘pin ball wizard’ moments. Page left the field with dignity and Town fans were equally restrained.
Prior to this melee Frome had dominated the early second half exchanges with Darren Jeffries striking the Town post and Joe Raynes the cross bar. With Frome down to ten men Town was briefly re-energised but that was to change on 66 minutes. Fry committed a foul and earned a yellow on the right of Town’s penalty area. Jono Davies whipped in a cross and Marcus Mapstone rose highest to power beyond Connor.
There was a late consolation for Town deep into stoppage time when Taylor headed down for Stephens who scored from close range. Prior to this Town was forced to shoot from long range as Frome closed out the game. Indeed, Frome came closest to scoring when substitute, Kriss Miller, struck Town’s bar.
This was another disappointing day for the boys in Blue who battled throughout but who remain just off the pace at the moment. I’m sure they’ll be ready to put things right when they travel to Dunstable next Saturday.
Man of the Match: Loyiso Recci – another disciplined performance
* The better part of valour is discretion. Falstaff King Henry 1V Part 1 Act 5 Scene 4