SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION: Frome Town 1 Biggleswade 2
AFTER dominating this match for long periods, Frome failed to convert pressure into goals and they were caught by a classic sucker punch as an injury-time goal from Biggleswade’s Craig Daniel gave the visitors all three points.
With the match starting 30 minutes late due to holiday traffic, the first incident of the match in the fourth minute saw Biggleswade take the lead as Cameron Mawer stroked a free kick low into Darren Chitty’s right-hand corner after Evan Key had been fouled on the edge of the area.
Frome were still slow to get going and after Chitty had saved from Lee Allinson a couple of minutes later, Frome’s first real effort came in the 13th minute as a low left-wing cross from Jon Vance caused all sorts of problems in the visitors penalty area.
Suddenly it all seemed to click into place and Frome moved into a period of constant attacking pressure that saw Biggleswade defending with ten players and Frome looking for a way to break them down, with Kris Miller especially finding acres of space on the right.
A big chance came in the 30th minute as Miller was fouled on the right. Vance took the kick, a Rhys Baggridge header hit the crossbar and ball bounced out to Miller whose deflected shot was just saved by Ian Brown on the goal line with many of the home crowd claiming that the ball had crossed the line.
Two minutes later the pressure paid off as Mark Francis hit a screamer into the ribs of Steve Gentle, then picked up the rebound and let fly with a 25-yarder that flew low into the far corner with Brown well beaten.
Further pressure produced no more chances in the first half, but Frome came flying out of the blocks in the second half with Hulbert, Miller and Francis all going close in the first five minutes, and Brown did well to push away a Hulbert shot in the 61st minute that seemed to be about to roll into the the net.
Waves of Frome attacks continued to roll at the Biggleswade defence, and after Brandon Mundy had produced a great run and cross, Vance almost scored a classic with a 35-yard shot that Brown only just managed to save under his crossbar.
Francis had a great chance to put Frome in the lead in the 75th minute, as he was found by Alex Rigley at the far post, but he seemed to take one touch too many and Brown was able to scramble the ball away for a corner.
But then, strangely, the match seemed to change in an instant, Frome lost momentum, the jitters set in and Biggleswade became more and more confident.
Josh Ford did well to stop Sam Reed with a last ditch tackle, then Mark Cooper was forced to clear off his own line after Rigley had lost possession with most of the Frome team up for a free kick, Chitty saved from Zane Banton and the home crowd were now just hoping for a draw rather than expecting the win.
Chitty produced a great double save in the 86th minute as he was left exposed and out of position, but then just as it looked as if Frome were going to scrape a point, two attempts to clear a Biggleswade free kick failed and Daniel popped up to score the winner in the 91st minute with a volley into the far corner to really rub salt into the wound.
Brandon Mundy was awarded his second successive H&B Tyres Man of the Match Award by supporter Bo Vincent who had sponsored the match.
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