FROME Town failed in their attempt to get to the FA Cup fourth qualifying round as they slipped to defeat ahainst Heybridge Swifts.

The visitors went behind to a goal from Juan Luque on the half hour and despite levelling through Chas Hemmings in the 75th minute in a much better second half, Swifts booked their place in the draw four minutes later with a goal from Sam Bantick.

Frome made the first half-chance as a right wing run from Jon Davies allowed Darren Jefferies to shoot high over the bar from the edge of the area, but at the other end, Kyle Phillips brought off his first of many good saves as he saved well to his right to deny the dangerous Luque after a slick right-wing interchange.

Phillips again distinguished himself as he bravely saved at the feet of Luque who had accelerated into the space behind the defence, with the striker picking up a yellow card as the referee deemed that he had gone to ground too easily.

Frome were denied the opening goal in the 14th minute as Danny Sambridge produced an excellent save to tip over a shot from Mitchell Page that was heading for the top corner.

But at the other end, Heybridge should have done better as, following a Lewis Godbold quick break, Harrison Chatting put his shot just wide.

However, Heybridge did take the lead in the 30th minute as a long crossfield ball found Luque who promptly cut inside, beat two challenges and scored with a well-directed shot into the far corner.

The score remained 1-0 until half time, though Phillips again had to save from Luque and with Jake Jackson bringing a good save from Sambridge just before the interval, Frome really needed to move up another gear.

A counter-attack from Heybridge saw Phillips make an outstanding point blank save in the 54th minute before Jackson was inaccurate with a shot in the 63rd following a Davies free kick.

Page should really have hit the target from 12 yards out in the 71st minute, but his deflected shot a minute later brought an excellent tip round the post from Sambridge, who could do nothing to prevent Chas Hemmings from tapping home at the far post from the resulting corner to level the tie.

Unfortunately, the prospect of a Wednesday replay at Frome only lasted for two minutes as Heybridge came straight back and after a rasping shot was hit low across the Frome area, Bantick was on hand to tap home the winner at the far post.