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Stratford Town
Frome Town
B Stephens (90')
Full time
J Raynes (4'), M Page (55' Sent Off), M Mapstone (66')
Sat 3 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Attendance 172

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)

Stratford Town vs Frome Town
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Attendance: 172

* 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

Loyiso Recci

Player of the Match

Loyiso Recci

Key moments

4:00
Goal Joe Raynes scores for Frome Town
55:00
Red Card Mitchell Page is sent off for Frome Town
66:00
Goal Marcus Mapstone scores for Frome Town
90:00
Goal Ben Stephens scores for Stratford Town

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Stratford Town vs Frome Town
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Highlights

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90:00 Goal 1 - 2
Ben Stephens scores for Stratford Town
90:00 Player of the Match
Loyiso Recci is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
66:00 Goal 0 - 2
Marcus Mapstone scores for Frome Town
64:00 Yellow Card
James Fry is yellow carded for Stratford Town
63:00 Sub Off
Jamie Hancocks is substituted off for Stratford Town
63:00 Sub On
Justin Marsden is substituted on for Stratford Town
55:00 Red Card 0 - 1
Mitchell Page is sent off for Frome Town
53:00 Yellow Card
Marcus Mapstone is yellow carded for Frome Town
End of period 1
41:00 Yellow Card
Jamie Hancocks is yellow carded for Stratford Town
4:00 Goal 0 - 1
Joe Raynes scores for Frome Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stratford Town
  • Frome Town
  • 0
  • Joe Raynes Goal 4:00'
  • Jamie Hancocks Yellow Card 41:00'
  • Marcus Mapstone Yellow Card 53:00'
  • Mitchell Page Red Card 55:00'
  • Jamie Hancocks Sub Off 63:00'
  • Justin Marsden Sub On 63:00'
  • James Fry Yellow Card 64:00'
  • Marcus Mapstone Goal 66:00'
  • Ben Stephens Goal 90:00'

Team selection

Connor, Louis Connor, Louis
Gallinagh, Andy Gallinagh, Andy
Recci, Loyiso Recci, Loyiso
Fry, James Fry, James
Summerfield, Daniel Summerfield, Daniel
Evans, Charlie Evans, Charlie
Bako, Eli Bako, Eli
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Hancocks, Jamie Hancocks, Jamie
Stephens, Ben Stephens, Ben
Taylor, Michael Taylor, Michael
Frome Town
  • 1. Kyle Phillips
  • 2. Ben Griffiths
  • 3. Ben Withey
  • 4. Connor Roberts
  • 5. Marcus Mapstone
  • 6. Chas Hemmings
  • 7. Jono Davies
  • 8. George Miller
  • 9. Mitchell Page
  • 10. Joe Raynes
  • 11. Darren Jeffries
  • 12. Ollie Knight
  • 13. .
  • 14. Ryan Bath
  • 15. Kriss Miller
  • 16. Ollie Knowles
  • 17. Ben Cleverley

League round up

Other Premier results

1
2
Basingstoke Town
Bishop's Stortford
4
3
St Ives Town
Dorchester Town
1
0
Kings Langley
Farnborough
2
4
Hereford
King's Lynn Town
5
0
Merthyr Town
0
3
Weymouth
2
2
Hitchin Town
Royston Town
4
3
Kettering Town
St Neots Town
3
1
Chesham United
Tiverton Town
3
0
Slough Town

League table

# Team Pl Pts
11. St Neots Town 34 50
12. Hitchin Town 33 49
13. Stratford Town 33 45
14. Farnborough 35 44
15. Basingstoke Town 32 42
16. Redditch United 33 42
17. Merthyr Town 35 41

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