Match Report & Pics Frome Town 3 v 0 Stratford Town
An uninspired Blues tumble to defeat in Somerset
Match Report Kevin Hand Photographs by Granty
As flies to wanton boys…..
Match Report: Frome Town v Stratford Town Wednesday 01 November 7.45pm 2017 EvoStik Southern Premier League
Frome 3 Stratford 0 (1-0 HT)
If Saturday’s cup win over Bedworth was “dull fare” this was very poor fare indeed from a strangely out-of-sorts Town outfit on their return to Premier League action. With the absence of Gallinagh, Thomas, Taylor and Ahenkorah the starting eleven saw Liam Francis return and Dan Summerfield take over at the heart of the defence.
After a scrappy opening it was news off the pitch that excited as Michael Fallon tendered his resignation as Defence Secretary. But even this wouldn’t be enough to ‘bury’ Town’s deficiencies on the night. The ball was repeatedly lumped forward from the back towards Luckie and the twin colossi of Frome, Morgan and Hemmings, demonstrated they truly did bestride the world as everything came back with advantage.
In midfield Town were all ‘tricks and flicks’ but this was never likely to succeed against the incisive and progressive passing machine that was Frome. So it was no surprise when on 27 minutes Chris Miller opened the scoring for the Robins. This followed a period of sustained pressure in a half in which Frome led the ‘stats’ on shots on goal by 16-3.
As the first half ended it was the impressive Dan Summerfield and the outstanding Louis Connor who stood out for Town. Upfront Jazz Luckie chased everything down and it was his pace that gave a glimmer of hope for the visitors.
The second half saw matters even up for the first fifteen minutes as Frome took their foot off the pedal. Connor made a brave save but from the resulting corner Frome’s no. 9, Ryan Bath, powered in an unstoppable header to double the advantage. Marsden and Tudorache replaced Evans and Bako and the game opened up.
Despite the urgings of Fry and Francis it was Frome who grabbed a third as Jefferies waltzed through the Town defence to set up Knight who scored from close range in the 80th minute. Stratford then had two chances to improve the score line. First Summerfield crossed from the right and Stephen’s close range header was diverted for a corner by Frome keeper, Phillips. Then Luckie fed Stephen’s deep in the Frome penalty area but as the striker delayed the weak shot that ensued was easily gathered.
As we entered additional time Frome broke through the dis-spirited Town ranks four on one and only a last ditch tackle from Francis prevented a fourth.
It was a very subdued journey on the coach home arriving at the MoodChimp just after 1.00am. Carl Adams, Town manager, was visibly shaken by the result and performance and, surely, this will be transmitted to the players ahead of Saturday’s home fixture against Bishops Stortford. Not quite ‘must win’ but definitely time to find that elusive consistency that Carl has strived for.
As flies to wanton boys are we to th’ gods-
They kill us for their sport.
King Lear Act 4 Scene 1