Paulton Rovers: Exciting match sees old boy get the winner – PAULTON ROVERS 1 FROME TOWN 2

By Becky Brooks in Football

All the thrills and spills of a local derby were on display in Rovers’ penultimate pre-season friendly.

Frome started the livelier side, although Omar Simpson nearly got on the end of a through-ball from Dave Sims for the home side. The move was cut out by neat anticipation from Kyle Phillips.

Jon Davies half-volleyed over, then Chas Hemmings headed over the bar and Joe Raines fired wide as the visitors pressed.

Kieran Hodges, who had a lengthy loan period at Rovers last season, having been released by Bristol Rovers, made a superb diving save from Raines.

Frome took the lead on 36 minutes, as Davies’ right-wing corner was met with a looping volley by Joe Jackson – the ball clipping the underside of the crossbar before nestling in the net.

Paulton had much the better of the restart, and on 56 minutes Simpson found right winger Dave Sims. He accelerated past his marker, and drove a low shot across Phillips and in at the left of the goal to make it 1-1.

Joe Hillard nearly put Rovers ahead as his deep cross sailed over the bar from the right.

Frome were awarded a disputed free kick 25 yards out. Davies, one of six former Rovers players in the visiting line up, drove the ball into the corner of the net giving Hodges no chance to put Town ahead.

In the final minute, Rovers nearly levelled as good, built-up play saw Joe Guest’s firm, low drive touch onto the post by Phillips, but cleared away.

Saturday, 12th August is the start of the Evostik Southern League Division One season, with Slimbridge the visitors and another 3.00 p.m. kick-off.

Last week, Paulton’s Sunday side faced Purnell in a thrilling pre-season friendly on Friday night.

Paulton took a first-half 4-0 lead, only to see Purnell erase the deficit with four goals themselves in the second period.

Admission was free, but the game was for the Richard Lynch Memorial Trophy. Richard died two years ago, and his son Paul is Rovers’ assistant manager.

A grand total of £236 was raised on the night for the baby unit at Paulton Hospital.

Thanks to everyone that donated.

Tony Walsh