Frome Scorers: OG (89) Hendon Scorers: German (49) Attendence: 245 Moss Naylor Young MoM: Marcus Mapstone
A late own goal awarded by the linesman gave Frome Town a deserved share of the points after Hendon had taken the lead in the 69th with a well taken goal from Ricardo German.
Frome’s new season side with manager Danny Greaves in charge showed just three names in the starting line up that had featured last season, and with those three all being defenders, the back four had a familiar look to it.
In an even first half, Frome were the first to show as Dan Cottle clipped a shot past the far post in the 20th, but the game was being marred by stoppages as the hard pitch seemed to be increasing the number of injuries the players were picking up, and Frome were forced to substitute Chris Allen with Ben Griffiths in the 27th and with Connor Roberts also picking up a knock that would see him substituted early in the second half, the attrition rate was high.
Though neither side were really threatening the opponent’s goal, Frome probably had the better of the half and Kane Simpson looked useful with a 25 yard shot that flew wide in the 39th, and he had the the ball in the net in the 42nd, only for the linesman to rule the goal out for offside, but in reality, neither goalkeeper was troubled and the score remained 0-0 at half time.
The second half saw Hendon move up a gear, and a good move in the 63rd saw German through on goal, but Darren Bechet did well to dive at his feet and save low down, and Frome immediately went close with Dan Cottle having his shot just deflected for a corner.
Hendon took the lead in the 69th as a throw in from the right was not dealt with and a back header in the area found its way to the far post where German found himself with the ball at his feet facing Bechet, and as the keeper went low, German held his nerve to shoot high into the goal from around ten yards.
Hendon went close again two minutes later after Taishan Griffith twisted and turned on the right but his cross wnet begging a the far post, but then to their credit, Frome went looking for the equaliser and showed some nice touches as the rain started to fall.
Kane Simpson had a half chance in the 80th after good work from Dan Demkiv, but the ball just failed to fall for him, but then as looked like the match was lost, they equalised in the 89th as a good right wing cross from Will Hailston created chaos in the Hendon box. With the ball seemingly cleared off the line at least three times, the perfectly positioned linesman flagged that the ball had gone over the line and the goal was award as own goal. Though who had scored it will probably remain a mystery for ever.
WMarcus Mapstone was chosen for the Man of the Match Award by match sponsors Moss Naylor Young. Hear Marcus's thoughts on Facebook.
Frome Darren Bechet Kris Miller Ricky Scott (c) Chris Allen (35) Marcus Mapstone Connor Roberts (48) Kris Scott Alex Monk Kane Simpson Dan Cottle (83) Dan Dmekiv
Subs Connor McCormack (48) Ben Griffiths (35) Will Hailston (83) Matt Morris
Danny Boness Howard Hall Lee Chappell (c) Luke Tingey Junior Osborne Guri Demuria Pronce Mbengui Laste Dombaxe Rene Howe Ricardo German (69) Cole Brown
Dyan Kearney Stephane Ngamvoulov Matthew Newman Taishan Griffiths
R Cockle S Turner S Williams