Football: Frampton United secure narrow win against Chipping Sodbury

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Gloucestershire County League

Frampton United 2 Chipping Sodbury Town 1

FRAMPTON United entertained Chipping Sodbury Town on a wet but playable pitch at the Bell Field.

Frampton’s first attack brought the opening goal on four minutes. Chris Fower's first shot on target was pushed over the bar by Sodbury keeper Chris Simsek and from the resulting corner Steve Jackson laid the ball off for Kris Bully to drive home.

A Sodbury corner was cleared to the edge of the box by the home defence and was picked up by Lloyd Harding, whose powerful shot from the edge of the box went over the bar.

Frampton’s second attack brought a second goal on nine minutes, this time Fower firing home from 20 yards.

Sodbury were unlucky in the 28th minute when James Mackie got behind the home defence but his shot from eight yards was smothered by home keeper Scott Gearon and pushed away for a corner.

In the 32nd minute Gearon pulled of another great save to deny Justin Cattle’s 20-yard low drive going in when he dived to his left to push the ball around the post.

Frampton were unlucky in the 55th minute when Steve Jackson found space in the box and drove it hard at the target but a Sodbury defender flung his body in the way and it took a deflection over the bar.

Gearon back-pedalled to divert a shot from Sam Jenkins away for a corner, while Simsek was well placed to take a firm drive from Frampton’s Frazer Wilson at the other end.

Sodbury made the game tighter in the 73rd minute, pulling a goal back with a Harding shot that took a wicked deflection off a defender on its way in.

Frampton should have sealed the game in the 75th minute when they were awarded a penalty for a foul in the box.

Fower had the chance to make it 3-1 but his spot kick was brilliantly saved by Simsek, diving low to his left to keep the ball out.

In time added on, Frampton’s Karl Palmer had a great chance but was denied by Simsek, who brought off another great save.

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