Frome Town Women progressed to the Somerset Junior Cup Semi Finals this afternoon after a 3-2 victory over Stockwood Wanderers.
When Frome last visited Stockwood in October for the League, they came away on the wrong end of a 2-1 defeat. Though Frome Women’s last game, back on December 4th was 1-0 win at home over Stockwood. So the team were keen to keep up the positive momentum and bring home the victory. Ultimately, it was a dominant performance from Frome Town Women, especially in the 2nd half, to start 2023 with a win.
Frome’s Manager had urged them to start the game quickly and they did so in impressive fashion, pressing the home team high, from their own kick off. With Peet winning the ball on the left corner of the box to chips a lovely through ball to Thorner-Atkinson who calmy chipped the ball over the Stockwood goalkeeper to make it 1-0 after 2 minutes.
Frome continued to pressure but Stockwood clawed back into the game when Frome conceded a free kick in the 7th minute, wide on the right, which was hopefully flighted goalwards and found it's way in the back of the net.
Minutes later, Harris came off for Hill after what seemed a serious knee injury at first sight. Thought, later on Harris would return to action to help close out the game.
Frome continued to dominate the game with Underhill and Bristow driving hard from midfield to close down Stockwood and play the ball forward when winning it back. With Thorner-Atkinson and Peet, pressing high up the pitch, and Minty dominating the space behind them, Frome continued to create chances, with Thorner-Atkinson working the ball down the left side of the six yard box to pull back for Bristow to calmly finished off a great attacking move. The linesman, however, judged that the ball had gone out of play and the referee awarded a corner kick, much to the frustration of Frome.
With Whisstock accelerating up and down the right wing, and Hill tracking along the left, Frome looked strong going forward and continued to crate chances with attempts from Underhill and Thorner-Atkinson testing but not beating the Stockwood goalkeeper.
Just before the half hour mark Frome's dominance paid-off when Hill deftly headed the ball down to Peet who layed it off to Thorner-Atkinson to score her 2nd of the game to make it 2-1 to Frome Town.
As the half progressed, Frome continued the constant pressure on the Stockwood goal with attempts from Didymus, Minty and Peet all testing the Stockwood goalkeeper.
The home side clawed back into it before half time though, making the most of a series of rare defensive errors from Frome’s defence to fire past Restorick and make it 2-2.
As the second half got underway, Frome introduced Petteford and Wyatt on the wings to bring energy and drive into the attack. Peet and Thorner-Atkinson pressing Stockwood as they looked to play out from the back. Wyatt, Minty and Petteford were also excellent in their pressing and Frome continued to create openings high up the pitch, with Underhill and Bristow providing fierce support behind.
The chances came and went as Wyatt chipped the ball through to Peet who fired just wide of the post.
Then the dominance paid off when Thorner-Atkinson passed to Underhill who then crosses the ball in to Peet who guides it past the goalkeeper to make it 3-2 To Frome. A fantastic finish from Peet at the end of a great team move.
As the half wore on, Frome pressed Stockwood into their own half. And with the home side suffering a succession of injuries, Frome looked in control of the game. Frome’s back three of Perkins, Edwards and Didymus (today’s player of the match) soaked up Stockwood’s attempts to play fast down the right wing. With Didymus containing the threat of Stockwood’s pacey number 11 on the right wing while Restorick calmly swept up the through balls from the edge of her box.
As the game entered its final 20 minutes, Frome looked to keep in control of the game out as they introduced Crowther, and re-introduced Harris and Hill. All three joined the high press in Stockwood’s half and led the line to keep the ball where Frome wanted it. Underhill and Bristow continued to support, dominating the space behind Frome’s attack and making clever use of the ball to see the game out for a Frome win.
After the game, Frome Manager, Ben Bolland praised the collective effort from Frome: "Today was a really strong team performance all-around. Considering its our first game in 8 weeks, the players showed great energy and worked really hard to help each other when it wasn't going our way. Some fantastic Individual performances to."
Next Frome Town Women are back in league action next Sunday away at local rivals Paulton Rovers. Meanwhile, the team awai the County Cup semi-final draw later this week, where they join Paulton Rovers Ladies, Keynsham Reserves Ladies and Frampton Rangers Ladies in the draw for the semi-finals.
Massive thank you to Ryan Atkins for today’s Match Report.