Frome 0 Leamington 0: Breeden’s stunning save preserves a point for Brakes

Lee Chilton shields the ball from Frome's Ricky Hulbert. Picture: Sally Ellis
Lee Chilton shields the ball from Frome's Ricky Hulbert. Picture: Sally Ellis

Goalkeepers were king in the October sunshine as Brakes recorded a third goalless draw of the season down in Somerset, writes Paul Edwards.

In an even contest against another side who belied their lowly league position, Brakes were indebted to Tony Breeden for a fantastic save to keep out a late header from the lively Liam Monelle to prevent Frome snatching all three points.

As it was a draw was a fair result, with neither side clinical enough in front of goal to break the deadlock despite plenty of industry and endeavour.

Ben Mackey was first to show for the visitors, turning on the right edge of the penalty area to sting the palms of Robins keeper Darren Chitty with a powerful drive following good work by Ben George and Lee Moore to help work the opening.

Liam Monelle fired a shot straight at Breeden, while Chitty claimed the ball ahead of Mackey inside his six-yard box after Lee Chilton had opted to find his team mate from the left rather than try a shot at goal.

He then set up Connor Gudger for a shot that was blocked.

Jack Edwards twisted to send an early second=half header over the bar, while Chitty was forced into two smart saves in quick succession as he first denied a well -truck effort from Mackey, and then Gudger as the ball was worked back towards goal.

Darren Jefferies looked to have a good chance to open the scoring for Frome when he went clean through, only to blaze his shot over.

Monelle had probably the best opportunity of the game for either side, however, his header from substitute Lewis Haldene’s right-wing cross looking destined for the top corner only for Breeden to fling himself across goal and claw the ball out for a corner.

Rob Hobbs wasted another clear-cut opportunity for the home side when he fired high and wide after being played through, while Edwards and Gudger went close with late headed efforts for Leamington.

Frome: Darren Chitty, Jake Hutchings, Sam Teale, Chris Knowles, Jordy Nkunga, Ollie Knowles, Ricky Hulbert (Callum Thompson 64), Rob Hobbs, Tyler Sibbick (Lewis Haldene, 64), Liam Monelle, Darren Jefferies (Joe Tumelty, 85). Subs not used: Kris Miller, Stuart Dickin.

Brakes: Tony Breeden, Ben George, Connor Gudger, Joe Magunda, Jamie Hood, James Mace, Lee Moore, Richard Taundry (Ross Oulton, 79), Ben Mackey (Will Green, 79), Jack Edwards, Lee Chilton. Subs not used: James Fry, Rob Ogleby, Eddie Caveizel-Cox