Frome’s run in the FA Cup came to an end with a 5-0 defeat against Bath City at Twerton Park this afternoon in front of over 1,400 fans.
A well-contested first half ended with Bath two goals to the good, before a goal early in the second period ended the game as a contest. The Romans quality in attack saw them add two further goals before the final whistle.
First-half goals from Alex Fletcher and Jack Batten gave the home side a commanding lead at the interval but the Robins did have opportunities to score in a wet and windy opening 45 minutes.
Jon Davies tested Bath goalkeeper Murphy Mahoney with an effort from the edge of the box before George Rigg hit the woodwork when there was just a goal between the sides with what turned out to be Frome’s best opportunity of the afternoon.
Bath’s Elliott Frear, who earned himself man of the match after being involved in four of his side’s five goals, wrapped up the victory for Jerry Gill’s side with a tidy finish from just inside the penalty area early in the second half.
From there, the National League South side’s quality in attack shone through in what was the first ever meeting between the two teams at Bath’s home ground.
Striker Cody Cooke intelligently flicked home a cross from Eddie Jones midway through the half, and in the final ten minutes Cooke headed in from close range to add further gloss to the score-line.
Despite the heavy final score, the travelling support from Frome were loud throughout the 90 minutes and earned a deserved applause from players and staff at full-time.
The Robins are back in action on Tuesday night with a trip to Weston-super-Mare in the Somerset Senior Cup.