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Frome Town vs. Bishop's Cleeve: Preview

Steve Jupp, BA11's Club Historian, looks ahead to our penultimate home game as we look to put pressure on Wimborne in this thrilling title race.

Friday night football returns to The Hill this week as Bishop's Cleeve provide the opposition for yet another crucial encounter in the title race.

Level on points and goal difference, Frome remain top by virtue of scoring just one more goal than that lot from Dorset who have a game in hand but, as sure as night follows day, there will be further twists and drama in the closing fortnight of the campaign. 

Top Three

                             Pld          Pts         GD 

FROME                32           69          +31

Wimborne          31           69          +31

Cribbs                  33           61           +9

While many were left frustrated by the dropped points at Exmouth last week, it's worth remembering The Robins have won EIGHT and drawn TWO of the last TEN, title-winning form in itself but Wimborne too can boast an identical run of results which makes this remarkable race all the more intriguing.

Bishop's Cleeve themselves still have plenty to play for. Three straight wins around Easter (which included impressive away successes at Yate and Cribbs) elevated them into the play-off picture but they suffered a setback in Saturday’s home loss to Bideford.

With only three matches remaining, all of them away, they will look upon this Friday fixture as a 'need to win' which augurs well for the entertainment value of a contest between two of the most attack-minded sides in Division One South. 

Frome have met the Mitres twice already this season at their Kayte Lane base and came away with decent results after falling behind on both occasions. 

Back in October, a second half goal blitz secured a 5-1 triumph in the FA Trophy while six weeks later in the league, finding themselves two down early doors, another fightback salvaged a 2-2 draw clinched by George Rigg's second half equaliser.

The Robins' phenomenal home form (SEVEN straight wins in 2024 and a TWENTY-ONE league match unbeaten run stretching back for over a year) has seen crowds on the rise lately with a bumper 615 inside Badgers Hill for the recent Bideford clash.

696 is the season's best for a Southern League encounter, against Melksham on Boxing Day, and it would be fabulous to see that figure threatened on Friday night.


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The Mitres are clearly a decent side and look to reach the play offs for the second consecutive year . As Zeb noted they are dangerous opponents and have absolutely nothing to lose.

Unfortunately, as they get one of the smallest gates in our division they're unlikely to bring too many fans on a journey of two hours to the Somerset./ Wiltshire border.

I see no reason why we shouldn't attract another 600 gate and perhaps we'll get enough neutrals in from the surrounding area on a Friday night to top that Melksham gate.

I think that a lot of Frome fans will have their fingers crossed that Jono & Kane can start and have recovered from their injurie…

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Most important is 3points but if we can impro our goal difference it would be great. So looking forward to what should be an interesting game .but hope all goes well. P.s need to take our chances. And clean sheet. Good luck I will be cheering the robins all to the final whistle

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