Frome Town Women fall to Somerset Cup semi-final defeat against Frampton Rangers Ladies at Badger’s Hill.
With another record crowd for the women's team, with 218 in attendance at the Hill, Frome put on a great show despite the result. Frome impressed from the start with excellent forward passing and control in Somerset Junior Cup semi final against Frampton Rangers. Frome looked bright on the ball and lively going forward, with Hill and Minty putting pressure on in the wide areas, while Bristow, Underhill and Starr controlled the possession in midfield.
In the 8th minute Underhill headed onto Harris whose fantastic effort from a wide angle was just over the bar. Shortly after, a floating Minty corner found Underhill whose header went just over the bar.
The link up play between Starr Bristow and Underhill throughout the game was impressive and Frome were finding Hill, Minty and later in game Wyatt in good space on the wings to cross the ball into dangerous areas. Meanwhile, Frome’s backline of Edwards, Didymus and Perkins was holding solidly against Frampton’s attempts to play long-balls over the top of Frome’s defence.
Just after the 10 minute mark Frome's dominance paid off when a Underhill free kick from a tight angle on the left was floated superbly over the Frampton Rangers goalie to give Frome a 1-0 lead.
With Frome looking to be in control of the game, Frampton managed to break forward, against the run of play and take a half chance to fly the ball over Restorick into the net to level the game.
After the goal Frome carried on with creating chances with Bristow cross nearly beating the goalie and the player of the match Underhill trying to bend one in top corner which just goes over.
Moments later, Minty cross gets fumbled which, finding Thorner-Atkinson who's smart pass finds the in form Underhill who fired the ball superbly pass the goalkeeper to make it 2-1 to Frome.
In the second half Frome pushed for that all important 3rd goal with Minty impressing on the wing throughout taking the corner which Underhill connects to but attempt is cleared of the line. Frome throwed everything at Frampton to try and grab the 3rd goal but Frampton restricted the Frome attempts from range.
Frampton against the run of play win a free kick which was taken short and floated into the top corner to bring the scores level. As Frome tried to control the game and bring about a response they were dealt an even heavier blow when Frampton made an opening on the left, creating half a chance to shoot, which Restorick expertly tipped onto the bar, before Frampton hit home the rebound to make it 3-2 to the visitors.
Frome pushed forward and tried to level the game but unfortunately were restricted to half chances with Petteford going closest from outside the box. Further efforts from Thorner-Atkinson and Bristow were saved.
Sadly, it wasn’t to be and Frome couldn’t level the game. On another day, Frome might well have won this game but should be hugely proud of their hard work from the first minute to the final whistle.
Player of the Match was Keira-Leigh Underhill for an exceptional, leading performance in midfield.
Manager Ben Bolland said after the game: “Absolutely gutted, especially for the players. We played some of our best football and controlled the first half brilliantly. Frampton are a good side though and took two half chances to take the lead, and we couldn't recover enough. Really hard to take losing like that but we will come back from it and finish the season as strong as we can.”
Frome now look to their final home league match next Sunday as they take on league leaders, Pucklechurch at the Hill.