Steve Jupp, BA11's Club Historian, looks ahead to our first cup clash of the season and a memorable win sixteen years ago.
It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to FA Cup glory as the Robins set out on the Wembley trail once more with a tricky Preliminary Round tie at far-flung Falmouth Town.
For any club entering football's most prestigious knock-out competition at this early stage, the dream of being paired with the likes of a Bristol Rovers, Portsmouth or Derby County in the First Round is what it's all about and the task is quite simple... just win five games.
Hopefully, Danny Greaves' side will have recovered from the trauma of that last half hour at Bemerton and they will need to be on it from the word go against a Western League outfit who have made a promising start to the campaign with three wins and a draw from five, including the scalp of Southern League Exmouth, beating them 2-1 in the previous round.
The once-mighty Falmouth were a dominant force in non-league football in the 1970s, winning EIGHT league titles in a row (a run ended by the Robins' sole Western League championship in 1979) before travelling costs took their toll. They are making something of a comeback, topping the Peninsula League West in 2022 (winning 30 out of 32 games) and consolidating that with a decent 7th in the Western Premier last term.
Frome last visited Bickland Park back in August 2007, again in the FA Cup, where a late Mark Salter penalty gave them a welcome 2-1 triumph over the Ambers and the starting XI that afternoon in Cornwall was:
1 Richard Fey
2 Brad Newman
3 Lee Davidson
4 Jon Crowley
5 Jamie Cheeseman
6 Rob Sheriton
7 Alex Lapham
8 Simeon Allison
9 Mark Salter
10 Matt Peters
11 Dean Ranger
Sixteen years on, same venue, same competition and, fingers crossed, similar result.
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