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Frome 1-0 Highworth

Updated: Aug 15, 2021

Frome made a winning start to the Southern League Division One South season thanks to a hard-fought victory over Highworth Town at Badgers Hill on Saturday.

A well-taken goal from Jon Davies early in the second half decided the encounter after visiting goalkeeper Tom Clapp had already denied the Robins on several occasions.

The first half was a tightly contested affair, with both sides failing to create clear goal-scoring opportunities in front a record-breaking crowd of 867 people thanks to the club’s free ticket initiative.

The closest Frome came was a snapshot from George Rigg that was well saved by ‘keeper Clapp, and he was also on hand to push a Davies free-kick around the post with half-time approaching.

Despite long spells of possession, the Robins struggled to break down a well organised Highworth defence.

They began the second half with a far greater sense of urgency, and after Man-of-the-Match Kane Simpson had seen an effort kept out by Clapp, a deserved opening goal arrived.

Some intricate play between Rex Mannings and Simpson saw the ball arrive at the feet of Jon Davies on the edge of the penalty area and the forward took a touch to steady himself before poking home with the outside of his boot.

Highworth’s best opportunity to rescue a point came and went with full-time approaching, as winger Rhys Wells was denied by James Carey after he had been played through on goal.

Frome saw out the win to give manager Danny Greaves another reason to celebrate on what was his 100thgame in charge of the club.

The Robins make the trip to Plymouth Parkway for a league fixture on Tuesday night before they take on Paulton Rovers in the FA Cup at Badgers Hill next Saturday.

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