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Sat. 27th October. FA Trophy Poole 2 Frome Town 1

Frome suffered another agonising early cup exit, being defeated 2-1 away at Poole Town and punished for their squandered chances in front of goal during the second half, with a last minute winner for the hosts. 

The home side dominated the first half with a vast majority of possession and played pretty much in Frome’s half, apart from the odd quick break. The Frome defence stood firm though throughout a series of corners and crosses, with Sam Teale dominant and James Carey doing all that was asked of him. They failed to capitalise until the 2nd minute of added time when a low drive across the area was driven home by Bedford, arriving at the far post. 

It seemed Frome would have a mountain to climb in the second half but they actually had the better of the start and their efforts were rewarded in the 51st minute when a Simpson cross was turned into his own net by Will Spetch. 

The game was much more even in the second half, with O’Loughlin and Simpson both having opportunities to put the visitors ahead and Carey making a couple of important saves at the other end to keep it level. 

It looked like a draw and replay was on the cards until the 90th minute, when Frome were unable to deal with a corner and Brookes was on hand to wrap up the tie for Poole.

Danny Greaves commented after the game, “A disappointing and gutting way to lose this cup game with a last minute goal.

“I apologise to the club and the supporters for being unable to progress in a major cup competition again, and also thank those supporters who made the trip today and ultimately go home disappointed.

“The players put a disciplined performance and got through a lot of work against a very good side. In the second half we upped our intensity levels and we had a number of great chances on the counter. 

“While downbeat, I feel we are in a much better position then we were two weeks ago, with the new additions, team spirit, and performance levels (beating a good Gosport side and running a very good Poole side all the way). With Connor Roberts to come back from suspension, along with new signing Laurent Davis-Wilson available from next week, and Ryan Bath due back from suspensions and two weeks, we must look forward with optimism and positivity.”

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