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Frome Town Women’s season off to a positive start

Frome Town Women made a positive start to their League campaign when they took the trip south to face off against Weymouth Ladies. At a breezy Bob Lucas Stadium, the home side started brightly, looking to take the game on with some quick passing through the midfield.  But Frome soaked up the pressure confidently, with Regler slotting in at right back, Didymus at left back and Edwards (player of the match) and Perkins partnering again in the middle. The four worked hard to cut out through balls and track any Weymouth runners. Anything that did go through was confidently collected by Restorick who was rarely troubled in the early period.


As the half went on, Frome grew into the game and began to tip the balance in midfield. Underhill and Bristow began to force turnovers of possession, feeding Wyatt on the left wing who was able to make a couple of strong runs into the Weymouth box, only for the wind to carry the ball out. On the right, Petteford combined with Harris and Hill, up front to open up Weymouth on the right hand side, forcing a corner kick midway through the first half which Weymouth were able to clear.


Frome began to deploy the strength of their squad for this season in the first half hour, when Thorner-Atkinson entered the fray for Harris, showing strength and skill to hold the ball up, press hard and give the Weymouth defenders a real handful to deal with. The pressure continued to grow from Frome as Underhill created a moment of brilliance with a surging run down the left channel, beating three Weymouth players before forcing her way toward the six yard box, past another defender, only for a covering pair to bring the run to an end before a shot could let fly. Underhill’s awesome run and slight knock picked up just prior saw her rested for a period, before the half was up with Starr making a welcome return to League Football after sustaining serious injury last summer.


As the second half got underway, Starr imposed herself strongly on the game, bringing energy and fight into the midfield to continue Frome’s positive push forward. Minty was introduced into right midfield and for the first twenty minutes of the half, Weymouth struggled to get out of their own half, resorting to long clearances where they could. With Frome’s back four holding firm, and the midfield surging, Frome created two clear openings with Minty’s shot being collected by the keeper, while moments later, Hill and Thorner-Atkinson created a similar opening on the left hand side of the box, with Weymouth managing to force a corner, from which Perkins’ header on target was saved.


As the half wore on, Weymouth managed to create an opening when the game was stretched in midfield and they were able to run in on goal, but Restorick was quick off her line and forced the striker wide, with the resulting shot missing the target. With Underhill back on the pitch, and Frome new signings, Whisstock and Campbell making their League debuts for the club, Frome chased the win in the final minutes, forcing a late corner and managing a shot from range, which was blocked. The final ten minutes summed up Frome’s performance well – solid in defence, energetic and agile in midfield, strong in attack, but with the home team holding out until the final whistle. Final score: 0 – 0.


Frome Women now look ahead to their FA Cup clash vs Weston-Super-Mare Ladies at Badger’s Hill, next Sunday, 11th September. Come down and give the team your support!   

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