Updated: Oct 11, 2022
Frome Town Women continued their strong start to the season with a dominant performance against Middlezoy Rovers at Badger’s Hill today. After a rare weekend without a game last week, Frome shaped up with a strong squad of fifteen players against the visitors.
After a slow start in front of another strong crowd, Frome switched into the fast-paced attacking football that saw them see off Weston-Super-Mare two weeks ago. The fire was lit by Hill, playing on the left flank as she deftly nutmegged the Middlezoy defender to cut into the box and send the ball across goal, only for the defenders to hastily clear. More pressure quickly followed with Minty and Hill creating openings on each wing while Thorner-Atkinson used her strength in the middle to hold the ball up.
Middlezoy couldn’t live with Harris’ pace either and it wasn’t long before Frome were carving out openings in and around the opposition box, with Bristow and Hill both having shots saved. Underhill soon followed, with a sweetly struck shot from the edge of the box which the Middlezoy keeper excellently tipped onto the bar, with the rebound evading Harris.
The visitors tried to play long, sending balls over the top of Frome’s back line with Restorick providing an ever-assured presence at the back to soak up any loose balls, while Didymus and Edwards in the middle, and Petteford and Whisstock snuffing out danger on the flanks.
Going forward, Frome continued to move the ball with purpose and were rewarded for their pressure in the 32nd minute when Underhill curled in a free kick to the far post which the Middlezoy keeper initially saved only for it to be turned into the goal by a Middlezoy defender to give Frome Town 1 - 0 lead.
Frome drew on the strength of their squad just before half-time, bringing Wyatt on to left wing and switching Hill to the right. While Starr slotted in to centre-back. Harris used her incredible pace again, soon after, moving down the wing to cross to Thorner-Atkinson who laid the ball across to Wyatt who calmly laid the ball away from the keeper inside the post to give Frome Town a 2 - 0 lead going into the break.
After the break, the pressure maintained with Frome creating more chances for Harris and Thorner-Atkinson. While Peet, on at right wing for her debut, showed massive energy and drive to combine with the strikers and create openings, shooting wide of the upright soon after coming on.
With Frome keeping Middlezoy pretty well in their own half, it seemed only a matter of time before a third was added and it was Thorner-Atkinson who struck again with a beautifully flighted strike from the left hand corner of the box that sailed over the visiting keeper to make it 3 – 0.
With Middlezoy rattled, and Frome looking solid across the back and dominating possession in midfield, where Bristow and Underhill were pulling all the strings, Frome enjoyed most of the possession. But it was Starr, advancing from the back line who sent a high ball into the Middlezoy box only for one of their own defenders to flick the ball over her own keeper to make it 4 - 0 to make it to Frome.
Middlezoy tried to swing things back with long balls down the middle, the most threatening of which was soaked up confidently by Didymus and Restorick. But Frome looked worthy of the score line and maintained the pressure with Minty re-joining the action to replace Thorner-Atkinson up front while Harris’ turbo-charged pace caused opening after opening, stretching the visitors backline.
Frome’s pressure paid off again, as Wyatt, a graduate of Frome Town United’s Under 16s last season stepped forward on the inside left position to confidently bag her second goal and Frome’s fifth, wrapping up a dominant performance for the home team.
Final score: 5 – 0.
Frome Women have now taken 7 points from their first three games. Team Manager Ben Bolland commented that: “Its been a fantastic start by the team. We have worked hard on the training ground and its great to see it coming off on the pitch. Massive credit to all fifteen players who all played their part today. Its early days in the League still but we have made a very good start. Massive thanks to our incredible supporters who came along again today to back the team again, they are really making a difference.”
Frome Women now face Stockwood Wanderers Women away, next Sunday in their next League match.
Huge thanks to Ryan Atkins for his support in producing this report.
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