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Hisham Kasimu double helps AFC Totton beat table-toppers Frome Town

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Southern League Division One

AFC Totton 3
Frome Town FC 0

AFC TOTTON laid down an impressive marker in the fight for promotion with a three-goal demolition of league leaders Frome Town.

The win, which came thanks to goals in both halves from Hisham Kasimu and a late strike from Ethan Taylor, was played in front of 586 spectators – the Stags’ largest attendance of the season.

These two sides are far from strangers after the Stags won a thrilling FA Trophy first round tie last month in a match which featured four goals, three red cards and a penalty shootout.

Totton's Hisham Kasimu scores (photo: Les Chase)
Totton's Hisham Kasimu scores (photo: Les Chase)

The match kicked off in a scrappy manner, with both sides failing to exert control on the contest.

After eight minutes, a lovely move from the Stags found Sam Griffin in a dangerous position, but Frome’s James Carey saved his effort well.

Frome, keen to show they were here for a fight, went straight down the other end and forced Amad Skrzyniarz into an impressive save.

With both sides defending well, it needed a moment of magic to break the deadlock, and Taylor duly obliged, playing a lovely one-two with Kasimu with a delightful lofted pass. The number nine showed no hesitation to slot the ball home.

After the break, Kasimu continued to terrorise a defence which could not get to grips with his movement. After 60 minutes, the French national doubled his team’s advantage after going through one-on-one.

Ten minutes later, Taylor settled the match with the Stags’ third goal after a decent pass from Kasimu. The 21-year-old curled in his 10th league goal of the season from the edge of the area.

The Stags were in complete control, and only a superb diving finger-tip save from Carey denied Kasimu a deserved third.

Jordan Ragguette had the Frome defence scrambling to block his goalbound effort with the final whistle incoming. Still, the match ended with no further score as Totton moved back into second place.

AFC Totton: A. Skrzyniarz, C. Baughan, B. Jefford, A. Tomasso, H. Medway, A. Olumuyiwa, F. Read, J. Ngalo, H. Kasimu, E. Taylor, S. Griffin. Subs: J. Hoey, B. Williams, J. Ragguette, R. Pennery, J. Masterton.

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