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Frome Town vs. Westbury United: Preview

Steve Jupp, BA11's Club Historian, weighs up the challenge from our noisy neighbours ahead of Tuesday's Wessex Derby.

The dust has barely settled on Saturdays historic Trophy tie as Badgers Hill stages yet another big game on Tuesday with the visit of near neighbours Westbury United. 

With only a third of their league programme completed, the Robins can now fully focus on that promotion push and will be keen to avoid making life difficult for themselves as they have done in the last four fixtures by conceding first.

James Ollis scoried twice in last year's 3-0 win over Westbury at Badgers Hill.

Indeed, but for a missed penalty in the Exmouth encounter,  they would have gone 2-0 down in all four but to add a little context, two were against National League South opponents and the two league games eventually yielded four points. 

Westbury, managed by former fan favourite Ricky Hulbert, currently lie in 15th place with four wins and four draws from sixteen, were without a game on Saturday when the weather put paid to their scheduled visit to Bashley but they did beat Bemerton the week before and can also claim the scalp of current leaders Wimborne (3-2) back in September. 

Their season was hampered by having to play a handful of home games at Melksham while building work was carried out on the Meadow Lane changing rooms but that's behind them now as they look to climb the table.

Both of last season's encounters were played on Friday nights which produced bumper gates (a combined 1,800+) and results in which the away side felt hard done by.

A Kyle Phillips penalty save contributed to a 3-0 Frome win here at The Hill but The White Horse Men created plenty of openings and were well in it for long periods before they gained revenge across the border, triumphing by the only goal in a contest where the Robins, buoyed by an impressive debut from Zak Drew, had the lion's share of possession.

Frome-Westbury derbies have been few and far between over the years and with a sprinkling of ex-Robins in the green corner, it's an occasion not to be missed.


Don't miss the chance to secure all your tickets in advance as we enter a packed festive schedule!

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