Steve Jupp, BA11's Club Historian, reflects on previous meetings ahead of our final pre-season friendly.
The big Southern League kick-off is almost upon us and, with just one week to go, Frome Town travel to Oxfordshire on Saturday for their final warm-up game against North Leigh.
Having suffered relegation last term, The Millers now compete at the equivalent level in Division One Central and give Danny Greaves the ideal opportunity to test the battle-readiness of his troops.
Past meetings between the sides have been few and far between but are often significant. That was certainly the case back in September 2009 when Darren Perrin took charge of The Robins for the first time as goals from Ricky Hulbert and Joe Gomes ensured a successful 2-1 Badgers Hill baptism.
The following season, same venue, same opponents, Frome, on their way to the play-offs, recorded their biggest ever Southern League winning margin with Chris Lewis helping himself to a remarkable hat-trick in an 8-0 mauling. Remarkable because he did it as a 60th minute substitute, notching his third within a quarter of an hour of coming on.
A feisty FA Trophy tie at Eynsham Park in December 2020 was the last time the teams met and it brought the curtain down on yet another Covid-curtailed campaign. Penalty kicks were looming until Jon Davies drilled home a stoppage-time winner, the only goal of the contest but the pandemic put paid to a promising run as non-league football shut down prematurely for a second time.
Dark days indeed which make you appreciate even more the new season to come!
Match Details For those who plan on travelling to the game at Eynsham Park, tickets can be purchased on the gate with adult tickets priced at £5 and U16s go free according to the North Leigh website.
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