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EVESHAM UNITED 2 - 3 FROME TOWN

Frome Town secured another big win on the road, defeating Evesham in a tightly contested affair at the Spiers & Hartwell Jubilee Stadium.


Today was Non-League Day, and both sides did well to reflect everything that Non-League is about, goals, cards, controversy, end to end action, it was a game that had it all.



Kane Simpson made his mark on the day with a hat-trick, which has now boosted Frome’s record to six wins out of the last seven, hitting form at the right time.


There was just the one change from Danny Greaves today, which saw Alex Monks come in to the midfield George Rigg, however the big news was on the bench and the welcome return of Matt Smith who’d been out with a ruptured ACL for well over a year, but is back and ready to play his part at the crunch end of the season.


The game itself was very open to begin, and the wind was making it difficult for the defenders to judge the flight of the ball, Evesham nearly took advantage after just two minutes when Levi Steele played through Ethan Moran, who saw his effort blocked by the foot of Kyle Phillips.


The wind then paid dividends to the Somerset Robins in the 4th minute, a simple long ball, looked like it would be dealt with by the Evesham defence but confusion between the keeper and defender gave Simpson, who never gave up on it, enough time to run in and slot beyond Benjamin Taylor.


Evesham responded well and went close to equalising multiple times, in the 24th minute they worked the ball down the left hand side, before sending a dangerous ball across the face of goal, which just evaded all the attackers.


Two minutes later they found themselves in behind the Frome defence again but Steele could only drag his shot wide of the left post.


After soaking up a fair bit of pressure, chances came the way of the away side, Drew went on a mazy run 28 minutes in, but could only send a weak shot straight at the keeper before Jon Davies had a penalty claim turned down after he appeared to be clipped in the box, seven minutes later.


In the 38th minute another huge chance came Frome’s way, Drew played an inch perfect through ball to James Ollis, who’s side footed effort was blocked by Taylor who narrowed the angle down well.


The BA11 side would finally double their lead just before the break, after good work from Davies to block the defender’s clearance, it fell to Simpson who drove forward before playing a quick one two with Ollis, taking a touch before firing home.


Despite having a two goal cushion at the interval, the game was far from over, Evesham looked dangerous in the first 45 and you knew they definitely wouldn’t go down with out a fight.


And that’s exactly how the half started, the Worcestershire Robins came out of the blocks fast and grabbed an early goal in the 51st minute.


Aaron Heap’s cross found Willian Owens at the back post, he made no mistake with his headed finish in to the top corner, cutting the deficit to one.


The away side did respond well to the goal and nearly found the back of the net five minutes later, when Warren Maidment met Davies free-kick but couldn’t generate the power behind his header to trouble the keeper.


The two goal cushion was then restored in the 63rd minute and a hat-trick for Simpson, who latched on to another over the top through ball, chipping over the keeper with his effort clipping the post before trickling home.


It didn’t last long though, as Evesham were awarded a penalty after a foul in the box just a minute later, Steele made no mistake from the spot sending his effort in to the bottom left corner.


The remainder of the game was nervy, but to be honest, it looked more likely that there was going to be a fourth Frome goal than an equalise,. Ollis, Simpson and Davies all went close throughout the remainder but to no avail.


The home sides biggest threat came from set pieces and crosses, which were dealt with expertly by the back three of Sam Teale, Matt Wood and Warren Maidment, with Will Taylor and Joe Budd playing their part as well.


The 87th minute saw the return of Matt Smith who came on for Zak Drew, his first game since August 2022, which weirdly enough was also against Evesham, some things are just meant to be.


The full-time whistle was then blown and another huge three points secured away from home.


It’s Bideford up next week, back at home and they always prove to be a tough test, so we’ll need as many of you at ‘The Hill’ as possible to support the players.


Match report and live updates by Harrison Richards

 

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Player Profile:  Kane Simpson 

 

It struck me as a good time to write a few notes on our striker Kane Simpson as he had just completed a match winning hat trick at Evesham Town, contributing greatly to another important win for the Robins.

 

Kane has been an integral part of the team this season, contributing goals and much more besides.  Our tall speedy striker who we often see burning up the turf as he heads for goal, is enjoying an excellent season

 

Some fans may not fully appreciate what Kane offers to the team, outside of his goals contribution.  If you’ve ever been near the Robins dug-out, you can’t fail to have heard Greavsie and his team…

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Gerry Urch
Gerry Urch
24 mars

Fantastic result I have to say, and better than I expected too, as I would have seen a point as a very good result! Holy better than expectations Batman.

Kane?...Roy?...Kane? Anyway, it was his day and they both did a super job for the rampant Robins yesterday to keep the pressure on The Magpies, who again did just enough to take all 3 points in front of a 900 crowd over there in Dorset.

Kane is Greavsie’s first choice with Ollie and once again he’s been proven spot on with his selections. Roy may not be perfect in all departments but he’s always going to get his 15 – 20 goals a season for us. His pace is key in…

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