Although Frome were the better side throughout the game, it did look like Bishops Cleeve could have got a point up until the 92nd minute where the Robins got their second goal.
Frome’s first goal came in the 34th minute as winger Jonathen Davies scored a well taken volley after a clearance couldn’t make it out of the 18 yard box
Despite the two goals conceded Lewis Clayton played well in net, and without him it would have easily been more. A very solid game for the keeper.
The danger of the Robins scoring early loomed from the second minute as Clayton was forced to make a save as the ball worked its way past the left hand side of the Cleeve defence and into the centre of the box, a trend that would continue for much of the first half.
By the 20th minute Clayton had been tested a few more times, including a chance where he dispossessed a Frome midfielder in James Adams who had been played through in the box and tried to take it around the Mitres’ keeper.
Then for about the next ten minutes it was practically all Robins attack, as they exerted a lot of pressure on the Bishops Cleeve defence but could never quite get the ball out of their half. Although they didn’t concede in that period, it felt like a turning point from a slightly more balanced affair beforehand.
It was in the 34th minute that Davies got his goal as a cross is whipped into the box, and although Shane Anson rose above the rest to head it clear, it couldn’t make it out of the 18 yard box, as the Robins’ winger got under it, hit it on the volley and the ball travelled low and fast into the bottom corner past Clayton to give the away side a deserved lead.
That would be the last bit of notable action for the half, although things didn’t change much as by the 49th minute Clayton was called into action again, and once again rose to the occasion as he didn’t let the early goal shake his confidence.
Cleeve did look a better side once things settled in the second half, especially coming from players like Jordan Annear and Blaine Waugh, the former being called offside after being played through one-on-one, and the latter dictating play much better up and down the pitch to create chances.
The Mitres enjoyed a period of constant pressure just like the Robins did in the first half, although unlike their Somerset counterparts they didn’t manage to score during it. Jack Watts was unusually quiet upfront but did make a great play tracking back on defence in the 63rd minute to stop a Frome counter attack.
Annear continued to threaten the clubhouse end goal throughout the end of the second half and it felt like he was just one or two touches away from a goal at times, and it felt unlucky for Cleeve not to have one.
From the 80th minute onwards it was relentless from Bishops Cleeve, several corners, several crosses and several chances, but nothing could find the back of the net. It was clear that the Mitres were pushing hard for the equaliser that never came, and eventually it lead to the second Frome goal on the counter attack. Ben Starr brought it down the right before finding another Robin in the box, who then squared it to James Ollis who put it away in a nearly open net.
That would essentially be the last play of the game, as just a minute or so after the game gets restarted the referee blows his whistle for full time. And with it Cleeve go winless in six games, and find themselves 16th in the table.
That being said there were positives from the game that should be taken, and need to be going into the next two matches as on Tuesday the Mitres travel to 18th place Bristol Manor Farm, and next week they face 17th Bideford at home.
Report by Oli Lewis