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Weston-Super-Mare Ladies 1 - 3 Frome Town Women

Frome Town Women recovered from going 1-0 down in the first half, away from home, to beat Weston-Super-Mare Ladies 3-1 in the South Western Region Women’s League Divisional Cup quarter-final.


This was the third time this season that Frome had faced Weston in cup competitions and Frome looked to keep their positive season going on a pitch they are now familiar with. Having not had a game in 6 weeks due to postponement of fixtures, Frome nevertheless started brightly with Harris cutting in from the right wing and having a couple half chances which tested the Weston goalie.


Soon after, Harris caught onto a loose ball which the Weston goalie closed down but Harris’ graceful chip floated just over the bar.


Going forward the homeside tried to push four players forward to try and overload Frome’s backline and managed to create half chances but the defence of Perkins, Edwards, Didymus and in second half Ratcliffe restricting the Weston side to shots from range or for Restorick to superbly deny their attempts on goal.


Frome came into the second part of the first half, having created a number of clear openings but not able to capitalise on them. But it was the home side who managed to get on the score sheet first as they capitalised on a rare error to float the ball behind Frome, with the Weston striker running on to chip the ball over Restorick to give Weston the lead.


Soon after the half-hour mark, Frome decided to give Harris a rest after a big shift on the right wing and  bring on Wyatt for some fresh legs on the wing. tried to level before the break with Thorner-Atkinson, Peet and Underhill all going close before half time.


At half time, Frome decided to give the ever hard-working Perkins a rest as Ratcliffe came into the backline. Looking to re-set their performance in the second half, Frome came out quickly, looking to use their fast, passing style to make in roads around the home team. The early pressure looked promising as the midfield of Starr, Bristow and Player of the Match Underhill linked up well to move the ball forward, while closing down every opportunity Weston were having to create more attacks, with Hill and Wyatt causing problems on the wings for Weston defence with there pace.


In attack, Peet and Thorner-Atkinson worked hard to work the Weston defence, finding gaps to move through and create chances with Peet coming close to scoring when the attempt was saved by the Weston substitute keeper.


Moments later, Frome came forward again with the ever-industrious Underhill being chopped down near the corner flag. Underhill stepped up to take free kick, which Weston were unable to clear and Peet bravely headed the ball down for Bristow to step in and slot the ball past Weston’s keeper to level the score.


Lifted further by the goal, Frome continued to drive forward and Weston found it increasingly difficult to break out of their own half, with Underhill trying from range and Bristow smartly shooting, with both shots being saved.


There were many highlights to enjoy across Frome’s performance with Rartcliffe looking excellent at the back, venturing forward to great effect; Hill and Wyatt bringing energy on the wings, and Bristow both battling to win the ball so strongly and playing some outstanding passing through the middle of the pitch.


With just over 25 minutes to go Starr who was superb throughout was replaced by Petteford who slotted in well in the centre midfield role. Frome continued to stretch Weston through the middle of the pitch with intelligent movement from Peet, Thorner-Atkinson and Bristow and Underhill supporting, with Hill and Wyatt supporting from the flanks. Underhill played Thorner-Atkinson in to finish bravely, beating the Weston keeper to the ball to slot home but the linesman raises his flag and the goal was ruled out for offside.


Moments later, an Underhill free kick found Peet who headed just wide of the post. With the last ten minutes approaching Frome brought Harris on for Peet who had put in an excellent shift up top, with Thorner-Atkinson.


Just after the switch, Bristow beautifully floated a corner into the near post which found the head of Underhill who superbly flicked the ball past the Weston goalie to give Frome Town a well deserved lead.


As the game drew to a close, Frome did not let up and kept on coming. The outstanding Hill had shots from distance. Then, Thorner-Atkinson tried an audacious attempt from range which fired past the home goalkeeper to make it 3-1 and help Frome Town progress to the Divisional Cup semi-final where they will now face local rivals Paulton Rovers Ladies. Meantime, the team will return to League action next Sunday as they face AEK Boco in their final League game, looking to secure second sport in the table.


Ben Bolland Frome Town Women’s Manager said “Really positive result for the team today. I thought we were excellent in the 2nd half and really turned the game around after going a goal down. It's always tough when you haven't played for a few weeks and we spoke with the players at half time about going out fresh for the 2nd half and they did just that. Massive well done to all the players today, a great platform to take into next Sundays game.”


Massive thank you to Ryan Atkins, Matchday Assistant, for the Match Report.



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