CALOR LEAGUE SOUTHERN PREMIER DIVISION: Frome Town 0 Cambridge City 0
9:30am Monday 19th August 2013 in Latest News
A VERY entertaining match eventually finished goalless, though it was the intervention of the woodwork and top quality goalkeeping that saw Frome Town and Cambridge City share the points on the opening day of the season.
Last season’s home match against Cambridge produced a dire performance that ultimately led to the change Frome’s change of manager and it was going to be interesting to see how Derek Graham’s new squad would deal with the challenge of the highly-rated visitors.
Frome started really well, and as the game settled, the combinations of John Crowley and Rhys Baggridge on the right and Matt Cowler and Mark Cooper on the left allowed Frome to play with a new brand of slick passing football that created options for Luke Ballinger and Matt Smith up front with centre being well served by the midfield and central defenders.
Cambridge were restricted to rare attacks and long range shots, and with a little more composure in front of goal, Frome could well have been ahead at half time.
The 14th minute saw Ballinger set Baggridge free on the on the right and his pinpoint cross onto Matt Smith’s head brought a good save from Zac Barrett.
Ballinger was set up for a shot in the 19th minute as a cushioned Smith header found him in space, and the 33rd minute saw Ballinger pull the ball back invitingly from the dead ball line but nobody was there to tap the ball home.
The two combined again in the 35th minute, this time Smith flicked the ball into Ballinger’s path but again Barrett was at his best to deny the striker Frome’s first goal of the season.
The second half was different as Cambridge closed down the space in midfield and looked much better for it, restricting Frome’s attacking intentions and generally being much quicker to the ball.
However it was Frome who nearly broke the deadlock as Ballinger thumped a long range, curling free kick against Cambridge bar in the 54th minute with Barrett desperately back-pedalling but having no chance of reaching the ball.
Cambridge went very close in the 67th minute as a right wing corner fell invitingly to the unmarked Will Lowton. His shot from 12 yards hit the underside of the Frome, came down on the line and Cambridge centre forward Neil Midgley pushed the ball wide from a range of at least a yard out.
Ballinger had a big chance for Frome in the 77th minute as he found himself clean through on goal, but the shot cleared the far post, and four minutes later Darren Chitty brought off the save of the match as he threw himself full length to just tip a goalbound shot from Joey Abbs away for a corner.
As heavy rain and end to end action produced an exciting finish, a 20 yard shot from Ballinger was punched out by Barrett and Lowton just slid in in time to rob Matt Smith who seemed destined to win the match for Frome as looked to pounce on the loose ball.
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