CALOR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION: Yeovil cup withdrawal a tough one to take for Robins’ Foster

Wiltshire Times: Matt Smith scored the decisive goal for Frome Town at Corby last weekend Matt Smith scored the decisive goal for Frome Town at Corby last weekend

ADRIAN Foster is gutted that he won’t get the chance to test himself against the Yeovil Town management team after Frome Town’s Somerset Premier Cup glamour tie against the Championship side was cancelled.

The Glovers, who are facing a battle to stay in the second tier of English football, have pulled out of the competition, with Foster’s Robins set to earn a bye into the semi-finals.

Yeovil have agreed to compensate Frome with a pre-season friendly in the lead up to next season but the Badgers Hill club will miss out on a lucrative cup clash later this month.

“I was really looking forward to showing Skivvo (Terry Skiverton, assistant manager), Darren Way (coach) and Gary Johnson (manager) what I’m all about as a manager,” said Foster.

“Yeovil don’t have a reserve side or a youth side, so they have to send first-team players that are in need of match fitness down. Maybe they looked at our results and were scared of getting beat?

“All kinds of things run through your head, but there isn’t too much point in dwelling over it.”

On the pitch, Frome’s stellar run in the Calor League Premier Division continued last weekend as the Robins took all three points at mid-table Corby Town.

Foster’s men are joint-top of the form table after notching up five wins from their last six games.

John Vance and Mark Francis drew saves from Corby keeper Paul Walker, while the hosts’ Greg Mills hit the Frome crossbar with a windswept cross, but the decisive goal came in the 79th minute as midfielder Matt Smith drove the ball home after Ben Thomson pulled the ball back.

Foster said: “At the moment, whether we’re playing a side at the top of the table or the bottom, the lads are confident that they’re going to win the game.

“You only have to take a look at how everyone is in training when we’re playing keep-ball to see how much they’re enjoying it.

“Corby weren’t a bad side but apart from the lad that hit the crossbar, we limited them to chances and (Darren) Chitty didn't really have a save to make.”

The Robins host St Neots Town tomorrow.

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