Jamie Oliver cooks up trouble as Frome Town lose to Stourbridge
MATCH REPORT: Frome Town 0 Stourbridge 1 (Oliver 72)
Stourbridge's Jamie Oliver headed home the only goal of an uneventful game to condemn Frome Town to a costly defeat on a day when their Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division rivals picked up points.
It was the Robin' second home defeat in three days and the performance did little to warm the 177 hardy souls who braved the slate-grey skies and snow flurries to watch.
With both specialist left-backs out of action, Josh Brigham was forced to switch from the right while Dave Thompson stepped into his place. Josh Ford partnered Dean Flockton in the centre of defence and Darren Jefferies droppd into midfield, while Luke Ballinger moved from the right wing to the left.
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As in the midweek 3-0 defeat to St Albans City, the rejigged Robins made all the running in the opening stages without ever really troubling the visiting defence.
Their best chance came in the 21st minute when Matt Smith cut inside onto his left foot but the shot lacked power and Dean Coleman made an easy save.
Darren Chitty had to pull off a more impressive stop at the other end seconds later to deny Paul Lloyd, who followed up a Ben Billingham shot which hit the far post.
Brigham sent a free-kick just wide and a tangle between Dean Flockton and a Stourbridge forward led to a melee, which resulted in yellow cards for Mike Perrott and Stourbridge’s James McPike, but there were no other incidents of note before half-time.
Frome felt they should have a penalty just before the hour mark when Smith turned his marker and went down inside the box but the referee saw it differently and booked the Frome midfielder for diving.
But Stourbridge were looking a little more dangerous in the second period and were rewarded with a goal 18 minutes from time when Oliver rose unopposed to head home a right-wing corner.
The hosts responded by taking off a defender and throwing on Ricky Hulbert on as a second striker but he hooked a shot wide in injury-time, while Perrott headed straight at the keeper as Frome's worringly poor home league form continued.
The H&B Tyres man of the match award went to Josh Ford, as chosen by Lloyd Chamberlain of match sponsors Blindman’s Brewery.