Frome fightback falls short as Weymouth weather the storm
Weymouth 2-1 Frome Town
An excellent second-half performance saw a resurgent Frome Town side just fail to claw back a two-goal deficit and earn what would have been a deserved share of the spoils at high-flying Weymouth on Tuesday.
Darren Perrin stuck with the side that won at St Neots Town on Saturday and saw his side start in positive mood, with Darren Jefferies testing keeper Simon Evans and then setting up Dave Gilroy for a shot which went wide.
So it was somewhat against the run of play that Weymouth took a 28th-minute lead, with Rob Hobbs being dispossessed in midfield and allowing centre-half Stephen Reed to surge forward before unleashing a thunderous 25-yard drive that gave Darren Chitty no chance.
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The goal gave Weymouth momentum and Frome found themselves on the defensive, with a cross causing Dan Smith problems and Chitty doing well to hold a Kyle Critchell effort.
The visitors were also forced to switch formation in the 36th minute when Hobbs was replaced by striker Ricky Hulbert, making his first appearance for the club since spending 12 months in New Zealand.
That meant a change to 4-4-2 and Frome needed all the firepower they could get after falling 2-0 behind ten minutes into the second half.
Tom Evans and Weymouth’s Mark Ford both appeared to slip in the penalty area but the referee deemed that the visiting player had fouled his opponent, resulting in a fortuitous penalty which Dan Smith converted.
Mark Cooper was forced to head a Smith cross from under the Frome bar as Weymouth threatened again but that was the cue for the visitors to go for broke, and in the words of a Weymouth supporter, “starting throwing the kitchen sink at us”.
A superb Jefferies through ball put Mike Perrott clean through but he lost his footing just as he was about to shoot.
However, Frome did not have to wait much longer to pull one back as H&B Tyres man of the match Jefferies got behind the Weymouth defence and controlled a through ball before scoring from a tight angle in the 68th minute.
The onslaught continued but Josh Brigham, Gilroy and Dave Thompson were all guilty of missing the target when well placed.
Jefferies burst into the box in the last minute but his shot ended up in the side netting as Weymouth weathered the storm.