Jan 16

Frome Town 1 – 0 Cirencester Town

Cirencester Town slumped to another disappointing defeat after promising so much with an excellent first half performance.

The team saw a few changes with Aiden Bennet making his full first team debut at right back, new signing Scott Claridge starting in midfield and Scott Griffin making yet another return to the club starting up front and the team got off to a frantic start. Jon Else down the left hand side ran at the Frome defence and turned Josh Brigham inside out before unleashing a powerful drive which Frome goalkeeper Darren Chitty got down smartly to save in only the 3rd minute. Else once again tormented Brigham and again cut inside and fired in another shot this time more comfortably saved in the midrift by Chitty and this lifted the Cirencester Town team and supporters.

Next up in the 17th minute some great interplay between Bennet, Ben Reardon, Mortimer-Jones and Jon Else eventually saw Griffin shoot over the bar but at this stage it was all Cirencester. Frome rode their luck and only a series of excellent free kicks by Thomson looked like causing Cirencester any problems though Sawyer never had a single shot to save.

Disaster struck however when Andy Gunn gave away a cheap free kick when pushing on loan Yeovil youngster Lloyd Matthews and from the resulting free kick a goalmouth scramble ensued with a melee of bodies fighting for the ball inside the 6 yard box and eventually Frome’s captain who had spent most of the first half falling to the floor squealing for free kicks scrambled the ball home to shock the Cirencester team on the stroke of half time and take an undeserved lead.

Frome Town came out for the second half and were on the attack straight away with Evans this time hitting the side netting with a shot within a minute of the restart.

The pitch by now cut up and proved difficult for the players to keep their feet or produce any quality passages of passing play mean’t the game turned into a very scrappy affair limiting the clear cut chances for both sides. Both sets of players made mistakes and it wasn’t until the 87th minute of the game before a chance of any real note was engineered when from wide on the right a shot forced Sawyer into an excellent diving save to his left to parry the ball away for a corner.

It’s fair to say that when the final whistle went both sets of supporters had endured a miserable secondĀ 45 minutes in the cold with not alot to get excited about. That said the Frome Town supporters will have been pleased after their poor run of late collecting the three points. For Cirencester after starting the game so well once again the failure to score puts the team in further trouble and the games with Swindon Supermarine and Redditch Utd in the next seven days will be crucial with a minimum of 4 points needed realistically.

Referee: Mr Adam Penwell

Attendance: 226
Frome Town:

1 Darren Chitty
2 Josh Brigham
3 Mike Reaney
4 Dean Flockton
5 Tom Evans
6 Alex Lapham
7 Matt Smith
8 Dean Evans (C)
9 Lloyd Matthews
10 Mike Perrot
11 Ben Thomson

12 Ricky Hulbert
13 / GK Eddie Quelch
14 Shaun Bennison
15 Ryan Bennet
16 Kyle Tooze
Cirencester Town:

1 Kevin Sawyer (C)
2 Aiden Bennett
3 Jamie Dunn
4 Andy Gunn
5 Nathan Davies
6 Zak Westake (Booked)
7 Scott Claridge
8 James Mortimer-Jones
9 Ben Reardon
10 Scott Griffin
11 Jon Else

12 Ellis Dunton
14 Mitchell Bryant (on for Reardon 58 mins)
15 Steven Ruck

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