Welcome to a (temporarily reduced!) Wonder Woman Wednesdays. This week we feature:
· Match report: A disappointing 2 – 0 defeat away at Weymouth
· Up Next: A trip to Shaftesbury on Sunday 11 February
Match report: Weymouth 2 – 0 Frome Town Women.
Frome Town Women faced a tough 2 – 0 defeat against Weymouth on Sunday 4 February when we travelled to the seaside with a severely depleted squad of only 12 players available due to injury and a few players only very recently eligible to play adult football.
Unfortunately, Frome didn’t get off to a good the start with Weymouth taking two very early goals in the first five minutes – one from a penalty kick and the second from an unfortunate defensive mix-up which allowed Weymouth’s top scorer to run through clean on goal.
The team quickly rallied and were able to nicely settle into the game, which revolved around the midfield battle, fighting hard all over the pitch for every ball and stopping Weymouth from creating any further lucky breaks.
Frome were able to put the hosts under pressure with some good team play in midfield, resulting in Striker Peet firing just wide from outside the area. Whisstock superbly blocked and cleared an effort to deny Weymouth extending their lead.
In the second half, Frome started finding space on the wings with Wyatt, Eden and Rumens impressing as they combined to move the ball forward. Ham and Underhill battled hard in midfield to support and their efforts soon paid off as Rumens was put clean through on goal but somehow the official decided to give a questionable free kick after a shoulder to shoulder challenge from the defender.
As Weymouth looked to put more pressure on Frome, Player of the Match Goalkeeper Lucy Owen superbly saved an effort low down to the left corner.
In the closing stages of the game, on a day where chances were limited, Frome Captain Underhill took a free kick from a tight angle which was pushed over by the Weymouth keeper. Underhill was awarded another free-kick in the dying minutes which was saved low at the near post.
Player of the match went to Lucy Owen for a confident display in goal, that included an impressive string of saves from the young keeper.
Keira-Leigh Underhill Frome Town Women Captain said: “After a slow start to the game we unfortunately found ourselves two nil down within the first 5 minutes. In the past this would have been a massive set back and our heads would have dropped but with our improved confidence and team morale we got stuck right in. Our defence held strong for the remainder of the game and in attack we worked hard to keep creating chances but to give Weymouth there due they defended well and kept the clean sheet. We look forward to the reverse fixture at the end of the month.”
Ben Bolland Frome Town Women Manager said: “Another close game today against a decent side. It’s always going to be a tough game when you only have a small squad and lots of injuries. Some great performances from our younger players today though and I’m both pleased and impressed with the way that they handled themselves on the pitch.”
Up Next: Away to Shaftesbury, Sunday 11 February.
Frome Town Women aim to get back on track and secure a victory when we travel to Shaftesbury Ladies FC on Sunday 11 February 2024.
With Shaftesbury sitting just below us in the table, Frome are eager to maintain our lead and secure the three points on the road.
Having eased ahead and winning the previous encounter 3 – 2 (thanks to Goals from Minty and Harris) we enter the game with high levels of confidence and with three home games coming up, a win away could provide a strong momentum boost for FTW.
Thanks to Ryan, Ben and Tara for this weeks WWW!