17 November 2013

City march on with win over ten-man Frome (by Rhod Mitchell, West Briton)

Frome Town 1 Truro City 2

City continued their run of good form with a well deserved victory over a Frome side who had to play much of the game with ten men.

First half goals by Olly Brokenshire and Arran Pugh, either side of the dismissal of the home side's Kurt Hammonds, following a bad tackle on Cody Cooke, were just enough to see City home, though they had a few nervy moments when the Somerset side pulled a goal back with more than 20 minutes to go.

But City were good value for the win, which avenged their 2-0 home defeat by Frome earlier in the season and ended the home side's run of five unbeaten games since then, and have to wait even longer for their first success before their own fans this season.

For City, they have now lost just once in the last six games and are up to 11th in the Calor League premier division table.City boss Steve Massey made four changes to his starting line up, with Jamie Lowry and Joe Broad both out with suspension, while Les Afful and Neil Slateford dropped to the bench.

In came Warren Daw, Brokenshire, Jordan Copp and Ben Watson.

And City quickly had to make another change, with right back Steve Tully going off after only five minutes with a leg injury, to be replaced by Dan Evans.

After a bright start by Frome, the visitors began to get on top and went ahead after 22 minutes when Brokenshire stole in unnoticed to tuck away a long free kick from Shane White.

Minutes later, Hammonds was red carded and City soon took advantage with Arran Pugh heading home Brokenshire's corner nine minutes before half time.

The game looked over as a contest, but in the second half to their credit, Frome came back well, taking advantage of City's inability to kill the match off, or keep the ball well enough, with Matt Smith heading home a corner after 66 minutes.

But apart from the odd late scare, City held firm and could have added to their tally as they kept their new found momentum going ahead of Tuesday's trip to Chippenham Town.

Frome: Chitty, Elliott, Cooper, Hammonds, Ford, Flockton, Smith, Baggridge (Matthews 61), Wood, Mundy, Ledgister (Agbo 83), Subs not used: Lynn, Metcalf.
Red card: Hammonds (26).

Yellow card: Ford (33)
Truro City Chenoweth, Tully (Evans 5), White, Kendall, Pugh, Daw, Cooke, White, Brokenshire, Copp (Slateford 80), Watson (Afful 67), Eddy. Subs not used: Sims, Pearce.

Yellow cards: Pugh (36), Eddy (61), Brokenshire (88).
Goals: Brokenshire (22) 0-1, Pugh (36) 0-2, Smith (66) 1-2.
Referee: Chris Wade (Southampton).
Crowd : 223

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