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UNDER-18's: Street 4-1 Frome Town Robins

Frome Town Robins were well beaten by a clearly strong Street side in this game after the Christmas break.

Frome went into this key match troubled by a number of missing key players including skipper Seviour, defenders Trainer and Carver and Russell and attacker Pollock.

Frome travelled over to Chard shorn of experienced defender Trainer, aerial powerhouse Clacee, playmakers Mori & Farley along with athletic defender Carver & Brewster all regular squad members all missing. Keeper Bond was rotated into goal as Locke was rested for the first game after Christmas.

Frome unfortunately looked off the pace in this match looking a few yards short of fitness compared to their opponents while managements tactical approach also needs looking at with Frome not switching the ball enough to create overloads once it became apparent that their opponents were sitting off initially and allowing them to play out from the back rather than pushing high to press and leaving gaps in behind and between lines.

After significant Street pressure and with Bond outstanding in goal Frome eventually cracked failing to clear a long ball into a wide area which led to the opening goal. Another failure to defend a long ball led to Frome conceding a penalty leaving the score at 2-0 at HT

The second half brought slight improvement with sub Barnaby giving a solid performance at right-back as his improvement over the season continues. Midfielder Gould came in as a false 9 and showed a nice touch and ability to link play with good technical ability.

Although Street made it 3-0 Frome were now at least constructing more play through the centre with Gould giving the extra 4th central player. Gould’s good play set up Crossman to score a spectacular strike from outside the box to 3-1. Street then scored another penalty for 4-1.

Frome cannot be two downhearted having only lost 2 games this season away to the two most experienced sides in the division in Street and Chard when not at full strength. The players should be commended for their efforts so far with promotion still a realistic objective with 5 games to go.

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