10-man Manor Farm pick up a vital point away at Frome Town as the two sides draw for the second time this season, writes Jack Davies.
The hosts started well and had the game’s first chance after 5 minutes. A neat flick from Owen Humphries dropped for Jon Davies but Farm keeper Ben John saved smartly. Farm trickster Jayden Nielsen was handed a more advanced role than he’s played much of the season in, and he had his sides first effort, driving a shot just wide. John in the Farm goal was on a one-man mission after the half hour, saving at least twice from a penalty box melee before Farm eventually cleared their lines. The visitors would have the final chance of the half after good work by Ben Bament. The striker charged down a clearance from home keeper Phillips, but the ball trickled wide, to the relief of himself and most of the crowd at Badger’s Hill.
Farm would have to withstand heavy pressure in the second half once they were reduced to 10 men just 10 minutes into the second half. Frankie Artus was late on Joe O’Loughlin and the referee gave the Farm midfielder a straight red card. Farm were working hard to get men behind the ball but were carrying a threat on the counter. Owen Howe with some fine hold up play on the hour and Nielsen fired just over from the edge of the area. Frome had two massive chances to take the lead late on but saw both come and go. Essilfie-Conduah put a sitter from a few yards out before Zak Drew rounded John out wide, but his effort trickled past both Davies and the back post. Davies had one last attempt for the Robins in injury time, but his shot sailed over and the whistle bought an entertaining stalemate to a close.