MATCH REPORT: Frome Town 3-1 Bristol Manor Farm

Monday’s play-off final proved to be a match too far for The Farm as Frome’s set piece proficiency earned them promotion at a packed Badgers Hill, writes Jack Davies.

Over 2000 crammed into Badgers Hill and it was the raucous away contingent that were celebrating after just ten minutes. The first real move of quality from either side as Brain flicked round the corner for Nielsen, who’s perfect low pass was finished at the back post by Ben Bament. Farm pushed and probed for more as Frome looked nervous following the set back. Dan Dodimead challenged a clearance and was an awkward spin of the ball away from being clean through. Frome did level against the run of play with their first effort on goal. Matt Smith floated a corner to the back post and captain Sam Teale was up highest to glance his header in.

The Farmy Army in their magnificent numbers prior to kick-off.
The Farmy Army in their magnificent numbers prior to kick-off.

For the nerves first half, Frome came out after the break in a much calmer and decisive manner. Kane Simpson, who would go on to be the games decisive man, stuck the woodwork from fully 25 yards as his side began to control the game. Another big chance came and went before the hour as James Ollis somehow headed over from close range. Frome were then given a golden chance in one of the most bizarre refereeing decisions of the entire season. Aron Robbins kicked the ball up and out of play before turning to see the referee pointing to the penalty spot as Teale tumbled over beside him. Justice was done in the first instance as Seth Locke saved brilliantly from the Zak Drew penalty, but celebrations were short lived following the resultant corner. Another dangerous Smith delivery was flicked on and the ball fell perfectly to Simpson, who couldn’t miss from a yard out. The contest was over with fifteen minutes left as Frome got a killer third. A long throw wasn’t dealt with and Simpson poked in for his brace. Farm were defiant in defeat and created a few late chances. Phillips was forced into smart saves from Jamie Adams and Jayden Nielsen before Rhys Thomas blazed over at the back post.