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FA TROPHY: Frome Town 1 Poole Town 1
2:00pm Sunday 20th October 2013 in Sport
BRIAN O'Donnell's first match in charge of the Robins ended in a draw as his 10-man side clung on for a penalty.
After taking the lead on the stroke of half time, Frome had to dig deep to survive a last half-hour of continuous Poole pressure after going to 10 men, surviving one penalty but conceding another.
After Ben Wood had produced a teasing cross that nobody got on the end of, Poole started to look dangerous with Martin Brooks getting a clean header on a corner that just cleared the far post and Carl Preston just missing the far post as he received the ball with his back to goal, but turned and produced a shot that just cleared the far post.
The 35th minute provided a scare as Darren Chitty required attention as he bravely dived at a Poole forward’s feet, and Aaron Ledgister looked to have a clear shooting chance until he was denied by a strong block challenge from Sam Clarke.
A period of torrential rain just before half time made conditions difficult and Frome took the lead in the second minute of stoppage time as Poole pushed everyone forward for a corner, only for Rhys Baggridge to break clear, interchange cleverly with Ben Wood and then supply a low cross to Will Agbo who slotted the ball home with a slightly mis-hit shot from 10 yards.
Poole started the second half with more possession and territory, and they were a little unlucky in the 54th minute as a deflected shot spun up onto the Frome bar before being cleared for a corner.
Four minutes later came the incident that had a major effect on the match as Rhys Baggridge was shown a red card for a 'last man challenge' that seemed to be outside the area, but resulted in a penalty that Chitty brilliantly saved from Steve Devlin to maintain Frome’s slender lead.
Despite Poole’s territorial and numerical dominance, Frome had the odd chance to score and one of these arrived in the 53rd minute as a Ledgister free kick spun wickedly up in the air allowing Matt Cowler to attempt an acrobatic shot as the ball fell, but he caught it wrong and the ball flew high over the bar.
Ledgister produced a moment of magic five minutes later as he controlled a pass that seemed to be going past him, flicked the ball over a defender and produced a thunderous dipping volley from 35 yards that Nick Hutchings just managed to push onto the cross bar and over for a corner.
However, the Poole pressure was now relentless and resulted in an equaliser in the 74th minute as right back Simon Millard fouled the Poole winger as he accelerated into the box, and this time Devlin made no mistake from the spot as he fired the ball low to Darren Chitty’s left corner.
As Poole went for the jugular, Chitty produced two close range saves in the 88th minute that almost defied belief, and he was on hand again to dive to his left and push a fiercely struck free kick away in the fourth minute of stoppage time to ensure that Frome lived to fight another day.
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