Updated: Jul 26, 2022
Frome Town succumbed to a six-goal defeat against newly-promoted Taunton Town of the National League.
In the Robins’ final home friendly before the league season resumes, their county rivals Taunton proved too strong in a display of clinical finishing and midfield dominance.
The first half hour was characterised by sequences of possession for both sides as the defences held firm, with little of note happening except a poor aerial challenge on Frome’s Warren Maidment. The deadlock was broken when Taunton’s Budd brought down a long ball in the box and lashed in at the right post. Two more Taunton goals followed quickly before the first half was up.
The second forty-five minutes began with Kyle Phillips’ spectacular diving save to his left as the opposition threatened to the score through a number of set-pieces. Alex Hallett’s last-gasp goal line clearance failed to convince the officials the ball had not bobbled over, before replacement, Alfie Clarke, was penalised for a challenge in the box. An unchallenged Taunton header at the near post floodlights capped a tough evening under the Badger Hill lights.
It was a reality check for Danny Greaves’ team, who next play at home when Evesham visit on Saturday, 13th August for the league’s curtain-raiser. For now though, it is onwards and upwards for the final two games of pre-season, away at Bradford Town and Cirencester.