VICTORY for AFC Totton against Frome Town saw the Stags cut the gap on the Southern League Division One leaders, with Totton leapfrogging Hampshire rivals Sholing in the process.

Frome visited Snows Stadium with a healthy lead of nine points over Totton, but the Stags comfortably defeated the Somerset outfit thanks to a star performance from Hisham Kasimu, who grabbed a brace and assist in a 3-0 win.

Whilst Frome have only lost one league game all season, the two sides met back in November, with Totton edging past Frome in the FA Trophy 4-2 on penalties after a pulsating 2-2 draw at Snows Stadium.

With how tight that game was, and the fact that Frome have dropped just nine points from 17 games, few would have predicted such a dominant display.

It took the hosts only 18 minutes to open the scoring, with a neat one-two allowing Kasimu the opportunity to break one-on-one and slot past James Carey in the Frome goal.

The away side struggled to contain Kasimu and his teammates throughout the game, but showed resilience to go into the break only one goal behind.

However, Kasimu would have his second on the hour, again bursting through the Frome defence to fire home and double Stags’ lead.

Remarkably, the double was Kasimu's third brace this month, with the former Blackfield & Langley striker also scoring two against both Willand Rovers and Larkhall Athletic.

Ten minutes later Kasimu then turned provider, setting up Ethan Taylor to find the back of the net from the edge of the area.

Chances for a hat-trick came and went for Kasimu, with his best chance again coming one-on-one with Carey.

Carey did well to deny the on-form striker, preventing him from adding to his tally of 14 league goals.

Totton now sit in second with a game in hand on Frome – with Sholing only a point behind in third, and a game in hand of their own over Totton.

Totton: Skrzyniarz, Baughan, Jefford (Masterton, 89’), Tomasso, Medway, Olumuyiwa, Read, Ngalo, Kasimu, Taylor (Pennery, 84’), Griffin (Ragguette, 84’)

Unused subs: Hoey, Williams