Bristol Manor Farm and Frome Town played out a 0-0 stalemate at Badgers Hill, writes Jack Davies.
It was second vs fourth at kick-off and Farm took the game to their hosts early on. Farm did had the ball in the net in the first two minutes, but the linesman’s flag halted celebrations after Ben Bament flicked in Owen Howe’s shot.
James Carey was next to deny Farm, making a flying save as Howe powered a header towards goal.
Farm’s flying start continued. Another chance inside the first five minutes as Josh Ford headed a Gosling corner past Carey before Alex Monks hacked off the line for the hosts.
Frome weathered the early storm and were starting to come alive themselves. Mike Baker headed tamely towards Ben John’s goal, after rising highest form a Jonathan Davies free-kick.
John’s next save wasn’t nearly as routine. Good work by Davies allowed Kane Simpson to drive infield and force a smart stop by Farm’s number one.
When it wasn’t John stopping the Robins it was some excellent defending. Mike Bryant slid in to stop a certain tap in for Simpson before Aron Robbins held off Davies at the back post following a dangerous that cross evaded everybody.
Farm’s big first-half chance came just before the half hour. A great run by Jake Gosling saw him collect from a one-two and his low cross was miskicked by Howe and defender Teale before dropping to Bament in an inviting position. The striker became the third man to fail to make clean connection and the ball eventually landed in the hands of Carey.
The second-half saw Frome control the early stages. Ford and Kingdon both made successive blocks before Monks fired wide from distance.
Frome were struggling to create clear cut chances but came closest just before the hour. Davies combined well with Simpson again before the striker lashed into the side netting.
The second-half rather petered out with both teams given nothing away. Farm did end as strongly as they started however, Bryant inches away from connecting with a late Mason Winter cross.
Theo Llewelyn had yet to score this season but he also marked his return to the starting 11 in style. Some penalty box pinball dropped to him 25 yards out and his drive drifted narrowly wide.
Not for the first time this season, Ben John would have the final word. Substitute Evans received the ball back following his initial corner but his powerfully struck effort was held superbly by Farm’s stopper.
STAR MAN, Steve ‘Kinger’ Kingdon.