Goals: Pettiford, Perkins, McGregor POM: Perkins
Frome Town Women’s second league game of the season came after a week off with a trip to Laverstock & Ford near Salisbury. Frome started a little off the pace in the first 10 minutes with Laverstock knocking the ball around comfortably out from the back but with no real cutting edge further up the field.
After a few speculative long range efforts by the hosts Frome began to grow into the game with a few passages of play getting in behind Laverstocks defence but lacked the killer instinct when presented with half chances,McGregor had the best of Frome’s chances after the home keeper charged out upending Christmas just outside the area but failed to hit the intended target. Both teams went into break at 0-0 with Laverstock having the greater possession but Frome creating the better goal scoring opportunities.
Frome started the 2nd half with more urgency and at a faster pace and took the lead on 51 mins with good pressure higher up the field on the left, Isaacson and Christmas pressing in tandem the latter picked the full backs pocket and fed Petteford the ball to strike home powerfully from 10 yards out. Frome women were now playing with more confidence and were pushing for a 2nd, playing the ball around confidently and Petteford nearly got another with her goal bound shot well saved by the home keeper. With 65 minutes gone Christmas with her pace and persistence got Frome a free kick near the byline and McGregor struck a fine pinpoint cross to the back post to find the well timed run of Perkins who rose above everyone to power home a thunderous header for her 1st of the season.
Laverstock now two down made a couple of changes and started to cause Frome a few problems with the back four and midfielders having to work really hard to keep them at bay and Restorick in goal making some important saves but their pressure paid off as a penalty was awarded for a hand ball on the line, Restorick got a strong hand on the resulting 12yard strike but saw the ball agonisingly spin and creep over the line.
On 86mins after plenty of huff and puff from the home side Frome sealed the deal with the dangerous McGregor picking up the ball on the edge of the area, shifting the ball nicely and sweetly striking the ball into the bottom corner.
A well deserved 3 points on the road for Frome, with Perkins picking up the supporters player of the match for her strong performance and organisation at the heart of the defence and her goal.
Next week the women are back at Badgers hill to take on Penmill Ladies. Why not come along and show your support free admission.