Frome Scorers: Simpson (77) Winchester Scorers: Mitford (55) Crowd: 165 MoM: Kane Simpson
A missed first half penalty ultimately proved costly for Frome, and after Winchester had taken a 55th minute lead through Tyrell Mitford, Frome equalised in the 77th as supersub TJ Davies found a telling cross to enable Kane Simpson to score from close range and send the tie to a replay on Tuesday night.
With Harry Baker being unavailable for this match as Weymouth did not want him cup tied, Kane Simpson moved into the centre forward slot and with Kris Miller also unavailable, Connor Roberts took over at right back.
Right from the start, it was obvious that these were two evenly matched sides with both looking to play good football, and Frome were first to show their teeth, Dan Demkiv hit a driven cross that Alex Monk was close to getting his head to, but then Frome’s James Carey was forced into making a sharp save at his near post as Frome failed to clear their lines.
In the 21st, Connor Roberts showed how dangerous he can be as he overlapped on the right and curled a left foot shot into the body of Ryan Pryce, and five minutes later Frome were again grateful to Carey as he produced a very good, sharp save as Frome had been caught cold by a through ball to the dangerous Mitford.
Frome missed a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 29th as a clever ball by Dan Demkiv ball allowed Simpson to go round Ryan Pryce before being taken down by the keeper, but a weak penalty from nervous looking Ollie Knowles allowed Pryce to save easily to his left and the score remained 0-0.
Roberts again caused trouble for the visitors as he overlapped in the 33rd, but Frome then went very close on the stroke of half time as Sam Teale rose above everyone as he found space at a corner but the ball missed his forehead by a whisker when he must surely have scored if contact had been made.
The second half saw the visitors take the lead in the 55th as they worked the ball across the Frome box for Mitford to swivel on the edge of the area to shoot past Carey into the far corneThis stung Frome into action and a period of five minutes saw Demkiv clip a lob just over the bar and, as the pressure was maintained, a series of several corners in a row kept the visitors’ defence on their toes.
Winchester were undone in the 77th as Davies outstripped his marker on the right and rolled a perfect ball across the area to Simpson who couldn’t miss from close range to the delight of the home crowd.
The remaining time it was all Frome going for the winner but the telling pass never materialised and the result means a replay this coming Tuesday.
[Live commentary of the replay will be available on Facebook]
Scorer Kane Simpson was chosen for the Man of the Match Award by match sponsor Mark Baber.
James Carey Connor Roberts (59) Ricky Scott (c) Ollie Knowles Sam Teale Marcus Mapstone Kris Scott Alex Monk (69) Kane Simpson Dan Demkiv Matt Morris
Subs Chris Allen Seb Tylek (GK) Rick TJ Davies (69) Ryan Bath (59) Tom Evans
Ryan Pryce Joe Hayward Josh Harfield Brad Gale Connor Cocklin Sam Roberts Reece Rusher Joe Cook Tyrell Mitford Jamie Barrow (c) Simba Mlambo
Mark Fawley Josh Tombs Brett Cunningham Lamar Koroma Josh Corner Craig Davis