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UNDER-18's: Wellington 1-2 Frome Town Robins

Frome Town Robins fought to the last to earn a vital last minute win that saw them move into second place and keep their hopes of promotion alive.

With skipper Seviour available again along with striker Pollock and right back Carver back from suspension Frome were closer to full strength. Frome U16 midfielder Porter Jnr made his debut in midfield stepping up an age group to help the sides promotion push. Attacker Willis returned to the squad for the first time in a number of months. Locke took his turn in goal with Bond rested for the week.

Frome started the game very well controlling proceedings with Crossman in particular looking sharp. Defensively Frome looked sound with Clacee strong aerially with Carver, Boulton and Brewster showing good pace and sweeping up.

However Frome could not convert any of the raft of chances they created in the first half including a 1v1 after a clever run through that Porter could not convert. Then the key moment of the half false 9 Porter went past two or three challenges before being fouled in the penalty area for a Frome penalty. Porter stepped up to take the penalty but saw his effort saved to leave the score at 0-0 at half time.

The second half saw Frome start to tire somewhat and Wellington come into the game although Frome managed to have a goal disallowed early on in the second half. Frome had begun to commit a number of fouls close to their goal.

Wellington were delivering increasingly dangerous balls into the box from set pieces and as the game approached its final quarter disaster struck as a free kick evaded the aerially dominant Clacee and after further Frome failure to clear was flicked over Locke to put Frome behind with just 15 left on the clock and promotion hopes in tatters.

Frome however now redoubled their efforts with skipper Seviour to the fore. First Seviour was put through and smashed the ball home on the angle for 1-1. With the subs all now on the game was now end to end with Locke making a vital 1v1 save to keep Frome in the title race while Barnaby, Willis & Mori all showed good fresh legs from the bench. Then with just seconds left on the clock Crossman was put through by Pollock and smashed home the winner.

Frome’s players showed great determination to win the 3 points here and keep hopes of glory alive. Special mention also to PorterJnr who gave superb debut playing an age group up from U16 to help Frome U18 to the vital 3 points. 4 games remain.

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