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Report: Totton 2-3 Frome

Frome Town:   Brown, Cooper, O’Loughlin,Teale, Maidment, Davies, Mannings, Simpson, Monks, Smith, Cottle

Subs: Peck, Greaves, Hallett, Hobbs, Lenihan.

Goals: Mannings, O’Loughlin, Davies

Mom: Rob Brown. Frome Town got back to winning ways and picked up a valuable 3 points away at AFC Totton. On a superb pitch Frome started brightly with flowing and attacking football and created chances from the outset with the hosts firmly on the back foot. Mannings opened the scoring in the 6th minute when a fierce Davies shot from outside the area bounced back off the post and he was there to follow up.  Joe O’Loughlin doubled the lead on 14 minutes with a superb left foot drive from 25 yards giving the home goal keeper no chance and it appeared that victory would be comfortable at this point forwards.

Football has a habit of surprising you though and a sloppy defensive pass saw the hosts break clear and score past Brown in the Frome goal in the 21st minute. 2 minutes later the right winger cut inside and unleashed a fine curling ball into the top corner giving the goalkeeper no chance. This put an end to Frome’s passing game and they resorted to ineffective long balls and the half drew to a close with Rob Brown making two first class saves to keep the teams level. It would only to be expected that the second half couldn’t live up to the first and so it proved with a fairly even start and neither creating any real chances. The game turned on the hour mark when Kane Simpson got free of the last man and was through on goal when the keeper brought him down.  Everyone was expecting a penalty but the referee awarded a free kick on the edge of the area, resulting in a straight red card for the goalkeeper and an outfield player forced into goal.  Davies took the resultant free kick which hit the wall but he was in hand to score the rebound and put Frome back ahead. There were a few more breaks but the stand in goalkeeper was not troubled as the game petered out to an ultimately satisfying finish. Danny Greaves commented

"(We are) delighted to get the win. That's 3 wins from 3 away from home which bodes well. We started the game unbelievably well and played some great football to go 2-0 up. We looked in full control until we conceeded a goal from their first attack"

"They then score again with a goal out of nowhere, a goal you have to applaud and hold your hands up and say there was little we could do. Special mention to Rob Brown who made 2 great saves the keep us on level terms towards the end of the half.

The reaction in the second half after that set back shows the character in the dressing room, and we went on to control the second half and win the game. The support we had following us was superb again, so thanks for making the trip."

"We now take a break from league action as we have 2 cup games. It would be nice to win a cup game right..? Hopefully see as many as possible at Melksham on Monday night for the Southern League cup game and then at home Saturday for the FA Trophy game against Bideford."

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