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REPORT: Basingstoke Town 4-1 Frome Town

Ryan Bath’s early second half goal proved to only be a consolation as The Robins are well defeated 4-1 by Basingstoke Town.

The Dragons dominated the 45 minutes with quick incisive passing, clever corners and free kicks as well as whipping in dangerous crosses from bothe sides of the pitch. Frome resorted to long balls in the direction of Bath & Simpson that were, in the main easily dealt with and the two times Simpson did get away the offside flag went up.

The only goal of the half came in the 21st minute when a quickly taken free kick in Basingstoke’s own half found a striker unmarked where he duly scored under the goalkeeper. Only 2 fine saves and some wayward shooting kept the score at 1-0 at the break.

The second half started more brightly as Frome took the game to their hosts and the early pressure told when Ryan Bath took control of a long pass near the touch line, beat a defender and hit an unstoppable shot into the top corner, directly from a Basingstoke shot hitting the crossbar.

The travelling supporters joy was short lived however as a cross struck Connor Roberts arm and a penalty was awarded and duly dispatched. after some sloppy play the hosts got their third with a drive through the goalkeepers legs and wrapped the game up towards the end when a low drive across the face of goal rebounded in off the far post.

One positive was the league debut of young forward Ben Crossman who came on as a late second half substitute, his second appearance for The Robins in all competitions.

FROME TOWN: Brown, Dawley, O'Loughlin, Mehew, Low, Roberts (c), Whitley (Gorman 62'), Knowles, Simpson, Bath (Towler 68'), Mannings (Crossman 77').

NOT USED: Crabtree, Allen.

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