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Frome Town Fan's View: Supporters are concerned as drop zone gets closer

By GeraintTucker  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

By Geoff Morton-Norris

Frome Town Fan's View

Frome Town Fan's View writer Geoff Morton-Norris

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Firstly, I feel sure all fans will wish Frome goalkeeper Scott Armstrong a very speedy recovery from what looked a serious injury in the Somerset Premier Cup match at Keynsham.

He is now recovering at home after his release from the hospital.

It was a sickening sight to see Scott land so heavily on the artificial pitch after collecting a cross. With Scott still receiving pitchside treatment after 30 minutes, the referee had no alternative but to abandon the game.

The 3-1 league defeat at lowly St Neots can be blamed on conceding two first-half goals, which left the team a mountain to climb. We have slipped to fifth from bottom and concerns are mounting over another relegation battle.

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With Hinckley being wound up, I presume only three teams will be relegated this season. I can’t see the bottom two sides, Bashley and Totton, getting out of trouble, which leaves a few clubs battling to avoid the third drop-zone spot.

Let me state quite frankly that we all want the team to perform well and move up the table, but we have to face the facts. We are near the bottom and have not won at home this season. We are bound to worry.

Manager Brian O’Donnell stated in last week’s Frome Standard that he wanted evolution not revolution and that he did not foresee adding to the squad. Most commendable aspirations but evolution suggests sometime in the future. But do we have the time?

The team are moving better off the ball and stringing passes together but the fact remains that Frome’s success over the last two seasons has largely been built on a strong defence where the whole team keep things tight.

This now seems to be missing and we therefore should be scoring more goals to compensate, but we are not.

For the third time in recent weeks we only had two substitutes on the bench, suggesting we do not have a large enough squad.

Quite frankly I was astonished to read the manager had released Bryan Smith. Bryan had vast league experience, ideal when playing with younger players, a much needed physical presence, and in midfield he rarely wasted a pass.

Virtually all our league opponents are physically stronger than us and we now have even less players to counteract this. We only have one striker scoring any goals which also causes concern.

The team played really well against Hemel Hempstead a few weeks ago but they have to maintain that standard to climb out of trouble.

We entertain second-placed Chesham on Saturday, who boast three of the league’s top scorers. We then travel to Stourbridge on Tuesday, who lost to Stevenage in the FA Cup second round last weekend.

We will give the manager and team our full support but the club has to recognise that fans are concerned.

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