Saturday March 3rd  2012 AFC Totton Away Saturday March 3rd 2012 Evo-Stik League Southern Premier AFC Totton 1 Frome Town 1 Frome Scorers: Ballinger (19) Totton Scorers: Jack (75) Crowd: 540 Entertainment Value: 3 Star Man: Tom Evans Frome Town produced a gritty, battling display to earn a point in a 1-1 draw against AFC Totton thanks to a rare headed goal from Luke Ballinger. Frome survived an early onslaught from Totton which saw Mike Reaney block well in the 2nd minute and Mike Gosney blazing the ball well over the bar in two minutes later. As the game settled, Frome started to match their hosts in midfield and create promising attacks, with Carl Walshe ploughing a lonely furrow up front against two large centre backs. Their endeavor paid off in the 19th minute as  throw in was played across the edge of the Totton box and midfielder Matt Smith let fly with a stunning volley that James Bittner could only parry up into the air. Luke Ballinger was first to react and  gently headed the ball over the keeper and into the net to give Frome the lead. Totton were struggling to make an impression on the Frome defence and their first chance arrived in the 31st minute as Darren Chitty tipped a 30 yard free kick over the bar, but on the whole the first half was pretty even with only another 30 yard  Totton free kick just before half time threatening to trouble the scorers, but this time it missed the near post.  The second half was all one way traffic Frome defending their own half in depth and Totton struggling to create clear cut chances, but one did present itself in the 68th minute as several clearance opportunities were missed and Mike Gosney's clipped snapshot rolled agonizingly just wide of Chitty's far post. With Frome under pressure, but in no real danger, the equaliser in the 75th minute came as a bit of a shock, but  substitute Nathan Jack seized onto a ball just outside the penalty area and produced  a  low crisply hit shot that ended up in the far corner of the goal. The equaliser definitely spiced the game up and Frome had a golden opportunity two minutes later as Ballinger beat his man on the right wing,  cut inside and pulled the ball back for the excellent Matt  Smith who volleyed just wide of the near post after making a huge amount of ground to get into position. Frome were a little luckt to survive in the 80th minute as a Totton left wing corner was headed onto the top of the crossbar by Carl Pettefer, and the tempo of the match rose quite dramatically after this, with tempers starting to get a little frayed on both sides. Totton were desperate to get the winner, but despite all their efforts and numerous shots, none of them threatened the target and and most ended as goal kicks, with one shot in the 92nd minute actually hitting the corner flag from inside the Frome penalty area. This game might not have been a classic, but it was intriguing and good to watch if you were a Frome fan and probably very frustrating if you supported Totton. Tom Evans was chosen as man of the match for a resolute performance at the heart of the defence.   Frome Town AFC Totton James Bittner Ryan Hill Chrlie Knight Ross Bottomley Jamie Whisken Nat Campbell Carl Pettefer Jan Davies Nat Sherborne Ryan Moss Mike Gosney John McKie Ian Richardson Lewis Stockford Nathan Jack Stefan Brown Officials R: M Derrien A: M Desborough A: A Carter Match Photos Photos of this match taken by our expert photographer Chas Hadfield can be viewed by clicking on this rectangle Match Sponsor xxxxx Ball Sponsor xxxxxx