Frome vs Wimborne

After Wimborne had missed an early penalty, Frome bagged three crucial points late on with a scrappy goal to end the Magpies’ unbeaten 4-game run.

With Toby Holmes fit to play, but not Matty Oldring, Manager Matty Holmes restored James Stokoe to his starting XI with Curtis Young dropping to the bench.

Frome’s captain and left-back, Sam Teale, had the first attempt at goal on 4 minutes when his drive from 20 yards whistled past Gerard Benfield’s right-hand post. Almost immediately Stokoe responded with a snap shot which, too, went wide of the target.

Three minutes later Luke Burbidge tricked his full-back to cross from the by-line, but Frome’s stand-in keeper, manager Danny Greaves, made an easy catch.

On 10 minutes Burbidge was up to his tricks again. This time deceiving centre-back Marcus Mapstone whose long leg brought him down. Referee Baker decided the offence took place just inside the box. After a lengthy delay, Greaves guessed right and clawed away Toby Holmes’ spot kick.

At the mid-point of the half, Burbidge’s 20-yard free-kick was wide and high; Franklyn Clarke cut in from the left on 38 minutes but his shot was at a comfortable height for Greaves; and Stokoe’s charge through the middle just before the break came to nothing.

Apart from that it was a dour 45 minutes on a heavy, clinging pitch with defences in control. The hosts could only muster 2 attempts on goal, neither on target.

The second period started brighter. Skipper Billy Maybury made a decisive challenge to deny Ryan Bath while at the other end Toby was just beaten to the ball in a goalmouth scramble. Lee Francis showed great determination to come through two tackles, and Toby drew another save from Greaves at the near post from an acute angle. Maybury’s audacious 30-yard grubber free-kick was blocked before Luke Holmes shot wide following a characteristic driving run.

On the hour mark Curtis Young replaced Toby and was immediately in the action. Sam Davidson brought the ball out of defence and found Young. The substitute made light of the difficult surface down the inside-right channel, scampered past a defender and forced Greaves to an excellent full-length save.

Following a corner, Frome’s Mapstone volleyed against the bar at the mid-point of the half; and Gerard Benfield made a fine diving save from Ollie Knowles before that crucial goal on 82 minutes.

From a throw-in on the left, Frome’s Johnny Gorman worked his way into the box where his low cross took a deflection to beat Benfield at the far post.

There was time for a flurry of Wimborne free-kicks which the home defenders dealt with, but after four added minutes the referee brought this disappointing game to an end.

This was not a game which will linger long in the memory. As the fifth game in a tiring fifteen days, this was not a surface the players would have relished. Time and again players were banging the sticky mud off their boots. But, of course, it was the same for both teams. Frome adapted to the conditions better, and celebrated jubilantly at the final whistle.

Wimborne: Benfield, Francis (Douglas 76), Penny (Shepherd 88), Davidson, Maybury, Pettefer, Stokoe, Clarke, T.Holmes (Young 60), Burbidge, L.Holmes

Unused subs: Collins, Owen

 Att: 198

Graham Dunn reporting.