Frome Town fire another blank in bore draw with Banbury
MATCH REPORT: Frome Town 0 Banbury United 0
Frome failed to find the net for the third successive Evo-Stik League Southern Premier match as a battling display earned them a point at home to Banbury.
The hosts welcomed Lloyd Matthews into the squad for the clash, while Sam Wade – the son of ex-Frome and Swansea player Bryan – took his place alongside him on the bench.
Frome were a little slow out of the blocks but Josh Brigham headed their first chance wide from a left-wing corner on eight minutes.
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Tom Evans bravely blocked a shot from Adeoye Yusuff in the 21st minute and the resulting corner led to the ball pinging around in the Frome area, with a confident shout for a Banbury penalty turned down by the referee.
Although there was plenty of endeavour from both sides, the first half was no classic and neither keeper was really troubled.
Dave Gilroy’s free-kick a minute after the restart was easily blocked by the Banbury wall before the visitors had a golden chance to take the lead, Yussuff blazing high and wide after numerous missed clearances in the Frome box.
Yussuff was then denied by an excellent Darren Chitty after a good run from Michael Hopkins had set up the close-range chance.
As the half progressed, Banbury moved into the driving seat and had more possession and territory, with Frome defending in depth and looking to counter attack.
Wade and Matthews both came off the bench, with the former producing a weak shot that Carter claimed with ease in the 67th minute.
Banbury always looked the side more likely to win the match and more pressure led to Adeyinka Talabi shooting just wide before missing with a diving header in the closing stages.
Dean Flockton took the H&B Tyres man of the match award for a resolute display at the back but sparked a late melee involving both sets of players, substitutes and coaching staff.
Only two yellow cards were issued after the dust settled and Dave Thompson preserved a point for the hosts by clearing off the line with the last kick of the match.