Mixed Start for Frampton Vets

October 06 2018

Mixed Start for Frampton Vets

After a 100% winning season last year, Frampton Athletic Vets were promoted 3 divisions from division 5 to division 2, as they look to pit themselves against better level opposition.
However, their first game of the new season was a cup match against a team from division 5, Weston Pirates. Naturally, there was a significant gulf in class between the 2 sides and Frampton romped to a 10-1 victory, thanks to goals from James Shepherd (5), Martyn Tozer (3), Dan Cook and debutant, Simon Burns.
Frampton’s first league game of the season saw them up against a team that was also promoted from division 5 after being runners up to Frampton last season, Ashley Vets. Ashley gave Frampton their toughest game last season, so another tough encounter was expected.
Tough was exactly what the game was. It was a very close affair, but first blood went to Ashley Vets after 25 minutes. A defensive mistake allowed the Ashley striker through on goal and he slotted the ball home with relative ease.
Just 10 minutes later and Ashely vets found themselves 2-0 up after Frampton were unable to clear their lines from a corner and an Ashely midfielders fired the ball home from 20 yards. Frampton nearly pulled a couple of goals back before half time, with Martyn Tozer hitting the post at a tight angle after rounding the goalkeeper and James Shepherd cannoning the ball off of the crossbar having been played through on goal by Mike Beake.
In the second half Frampton started to create more chances, with Shepherd again hitting the bar, this time from a headed effort. However, Shepherd finally got the goal that Frampton deserved after 61 minutes, after a delightful cross from Marcus Vaughan was headed home at the far post by Shepherd.
With Ashley pushing for a goal to seal the game and Frampton pushing for an equaliser, the last half hour was end to end and both teams created chances, but neither could find the finishing touches. The game ended 2-1 to Ashley Vets, condemning Frampton to their first ever defeat and ending a 13 month winning streak.
October brings two games for Frampton vets, with their next league game on October 7, away to Unathletico Vets, followed by round 2 of the cup a week later against Filton High Vets.