AFC Totton 1  Frome Town FC 0 (Bye 65) Crowd: 225 Man of the Match: Craig Fullam Frome Town produced a memorable performance at title favourites AFC Totton, eventually losing by a single goal, but proving without doubt that they are good enough to compete at this level. The evening was marred by a broken collarbone injury to striker Mark Salter that will keep the talisman striker out of action for at least two months. In front of the leagues biggest gate of the night, with a large contingent of travelling support, the talk amongst the supporters concerned the aspirations of AFC Totton, with their planned move to a Conference standard ground, and their rumoured playing budget. It was obviously going to be a tough test for newly promoted Frome, who made one change from the team that had beaten Abingdon, with Ian Kennedy replacing the injured Alex Lapham. In the the first 10 minutes, the anticipated Totton onslaught just didn't happen, and Frome started well and a 3rd minute 25 yard  Gomes shot was spilled by Barfoot, Salter pounced and the ball found its way back to Gomes whose curling shot to the far side just failed to find the net. However, as the match settled, Totton began to find their form, and in the 18th minute, Osman should have done better with a shooting opportunity that he blazed over the bar from 12 yards out. Frome came straight back, and dominated possession and territory for a period that ended with the home keeper being very lucky as he missed a cross but just managed to gather the ball at the second attempt in the 24th minute. The match was very even at this stage, but Totton were beginning to show signs that their aerial power was going to cause problems for Fullam and Cheeseman at the heart of the Frome defence, and a series of corners proved the point. The last 10 minutes of the half produced end to end flowing attacks, with chances being spurned at both ends, and a Fullam cross from the left wing in the 43rd minute saw Salter challenge for the high ball, but as he landed heavily, he immediately clutched his shoulder and was led from the field in obvious pain. A later visit to hospital confirmed a broken collarbone that will take at least two months to mend. Totton came out with all guns blazing in the second half, and the first 10 minutes turned into a stern test for the Frome defence. Payne made a great save from an Osman header in the 53rd minute, with the ball just being cleared off the line by Allison as the rebound was poked towards the goal line. But instead of wilting, Frome just came straight back, and Peters instigated a sweeping move that ended with Whittington heading a Gomes cross on the arm of a defender, but the referee waved play on.Frome again went close in the 63rd minute as Whittington put Peters into space, and the low cross from the dead ball line was very nearly put into his own net by a home defender.     Totton took the lead in the 65th minute as a Cheeseman tackle appeared to take a deflection off of the attacker as it went out of play, but the throw in was awarded to Totton, and a quick throw found Joe Bye in space in the Frome box, and he swivelled and produced a low shot that drilled into the far corner of the net, giving Payne no chance. Going behind just meant that Frome rolled their sleeves up and went looking for the equaliser. Hunt just failed to beat Barfoot to the ball in the 70th minute and the 75th minute saw a controversial decision as a Gomes shot saw a Totton defender land on the ball in the penalty area and then appear to scoop the ball out from under himself with the aid of an arm, but play was just waved on. Eyre produced a mazy run in the 79th minute to set Peters free, but Barfoot saved well at the base of the near post, and then the Frome defence performed heroics in the 87th minute to rob Totton's Taylor when he seemed certain to score. As the match became ever more frantic, the last 5 minutes saw controversy as the tackles started to become borderline, and Frome's Whittington was lucky to escape with just a yellow card as he raced 50 yards to make a typical "forward's tackle" that provoked a reaction from the home supporters. Make no mistake, this was a very keenly contested match between two sides that were desperate not to lose, and although Totton maybe just had the edge going forward, it's fair to say that Barfoot  had more saves to make in the home goal than Payne did in the visitors goal. Craig Fullam was chosen as Man of the Match, and the the calm and collected way the central defender has slotted in alongside Cheeseman bodes well for the future. Frome Town Players Josh Payne Matt Cowler Sim Allison Craig Fullam Jamie Cheeseman Matt Peters (81) Joe Gomes Sean Percival Mark Salter (45) Mike Whittington Ian Kennedy(70). Paul Farrell (81) Carl Crabtree Gavin Eyre (70) Steve Hunt (45) Ashley Clarke  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 14 15 16 17 AFC Totton Players Gareth Barfoot Jamie Whisken Matt Troon Ross Bottomley Ian Richardson Joe Bye Carl Pettefer Aidan Lewis Mark Osman James Taylor Nathan Jack, Suhael Odeh Nat Sherborne Nat Lynch James Bedwell Daniel Turner  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 14 15 16 17 Frome Town Management Andy Crabtree Derek Graham Mike Clarke Shaun Baker   M A P K Match Officials M Derrien D Berry A Dine   R A A Zamaretto League Match Reports Abingdon (H) AFC Totton (A) Mangotsfield Utd (A) Thatcham Town (H) VTFC (A) North Leigh (H) Andover (A) Bracknell (A) AFC Hayes (H) Bridgwater (A) Cirencester (H) Andover (H) Bishops Cleeve (H) Windsor & Eton (A) Uxbridge (A) Yate Town (H) Hungerford Town (A) Cinderford Town (H) Gosport Borough (A) Bedfont Green (A) Paulton Rovers (H) AFC Hayes (A) Bracknell Town (H) Uxbridge (H) Cirencester (A) Taunton Town (A) Bridgwater (H) Windsor&Eton (H) Abingdon (A) AFC Totton (H) North Leigh (A) Thatcham Town (A) VTFC (H) Mangotsfield (H) Bedfont Green (H) Bishops Cleeve (A) Paulton Rovers (A) Cinderford (A) Hungerford Town (H) Taunton Town (H) Yate Town (A) Gosport Borough (H) FA Cup  Hamworthy (A) FA Trophy Chippenham (A) Red Insure Cup Clevedon Town (A) Som Prem Cup Weston s Mare (H) Bridgwater (H)