FOOTBALL: No mare as Robins go down fighting

This Is Wiltshire: Frome captain Dean Evans makes a clearance during Saturday’s cup defeat Frome captain Dean Evans makes a clearance during Saturday’s cup defeat

FROME Town chief Darren Perrin says his side should be proud of their FA Cup performance against Conference South Weston-super-Mare last weekend.

The Robins were on the front foot for most of the first period and hit the bar through Matt Smith. But five minutes before the break, a mistake from Darren Chitty allowed Kane Ingram to nip in and put Weston ahead.

Then early in the second half, former Chippenham Town man Ross Stearn struck the second.

“We were absolutely magnificent in the first half and I couldn’t ask for anything more from my players,’’ said Perrin.

“We could have easily gone in two or three goals ahead and it was a mistake from Darren Chitty, who doesn’t make many, that put them ahead.

“I had a fan come up to me at half time who was from somewhere up North and he genuinely thought we were the Conference South side.

“But in fairness to Weston, after that, they showed their professionalism and we ran out of ideas. It really was the cliché of a game of two halves.”

Frome are at home to Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West Taunton Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy tomorrow and Perrin won’t allow any over-confidence against lower league opposition.

“We remember where we’ve come from and it was only four or five years ago that we were a Western League club,” he added.

“We don’t go into games thinking that we’ll win easily because we’re a Southern League Premier Division club.

“Taunton will be dogged and organised and if we don’t produce a performance, we won’t win the game.”

Ben Wood returns from injury against Taunton, along with Alex Lapham and Tom Evans, who have served suspensions.

Dean Evans and Mike Perrott are suspended and will be missing.

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