AFC Totton....0 Mangotsfield United...1
Narrow victory at Testwood Stadium
Match report by Ron Loftus
Evo-Stik League, Division One South & West Saturday 18th March 2017
AFC Totton…0 Mangotsfield United….1 Att. 262 Testwood Stadium
Not a game for the purists at the Testwood Stadium on Saturday as both sides had to contend with a swirling wind and an inconsistent playing surface. With the departure of Ryan Bath to Frome, the expiry of Jay Malpas' loan spell from Bristol Rovers, Ryan Batten suffering with a groin-strain injury and Conor McCormack unwell, boss Boris Mehews’s squad was stretched to the limit. However, a gritty, determined performance saw the ‘Field return from Hampshire with all 3 points courtesy of Liam MONELLE ‘ S second half winner.
Although enjoying the better start to the game our hosts failed to create any clear-cut chances until the 39th.min. when a wind-assisted, long goal-kick eluded our back line but Totton’s Alfy Whittingham – clean through on goal - completely missed the ball with only Steve Phillips to beat thus seeing the half-time interval arrive with the scoreline blank. H.T. 0-0.
Totton right-winger , Curtis Young, had caused problems for the ‘Field rearguard all afternoon and following a cross from the diminutive wing man, Steve Phillips was forced into a point-blank save from an
onrushing home striker. It was to be the first of a number of outstanding stops by the experienced Mangotsfield goalkeeper as the home side upped the tempo in search of the opening goal. However, it was
the ‘Field who got on the scoresheet after 63mins. when a cross from the left to the near post by Dale Evans saw the lively MONELLE nip in front of hesitant home custodian Pat O’Flaherty, to toe-poke the
ball home from the edge of the 6-yard box. (1-0). A frustrated home side increased their physical efforts which saw Match Referee Mr. Carmichael issue no fewer than 5 yellow cards in the space of the
ensuing 15 mins. Although four of these were to the home team, unfortunately for the ‘Field the fifth was a second yellow card of the afternoon for Tom Warren in the 76th.minute and so for the second game in a row Mangotsfield were forced to contest the final 15 mins. or so with just 10 men !
The inevitable rash of substitutions for both sides saw little change to the pattern of the game and following two disappointing performances against Wantage and Swindon Supermarine at least the ‘Field
managed to stop the rot as the season moves towards its conclusion.
( As an interesting footnote to this report, in attendance at the game was the ex-Sutton Utd. Reserve goalkeeper, Wayne Shaw, apparently a local resident and friend of the home clubs Chairman. Shaw, you
may recall, was at the centre of the infamous ‘ Pie-gate Affair ‘ at the recent Sutton Utd. v Arsenal FA Cup tie !! ).
AFC TOTTON (All Blue)
G/K. Pat O’Flaherty, 2. Connor York, 3. Ian Oliver, 4. Alfy Whittingham (Liam Kimber 78), 5. Harry Medway, 6. Dave Allen, 7. Curtis Young, 8. Charlie Gunson, 9. Nathaniel Sherborne, 10. Mark Gamble (Dylan Knight 67), 11. Matthew Bozier.
Unused subs: Sam Roberts, Adam Wilde
Bookings : Dave Allen, Charlie Gunson, Mark Gamble, Dylan Knight
Red Cards: none
MANGOTSFIELD UNITED (White /Black/Black)
G/K. Steve Phillips, 2. Ben Withey, 3. Tom Fry, 4. Tom Warren, 5. Scott Brice ©, 6. Dale Evans, 7. George Lloyd (Joe Hillard 55), 8. Mitch Tippins, 9. Liam Monelle, 10. Lewis Powell (Caman Harvey), 11. Matt Groves.
Unused subs: Lewis Hogg, Kyle Knott
Bookings : Tom Warren (32 & 77)
Red Cards: Tom Warren (77)
Mangos Man of the Match: Steve Phillips
Referee: Marcus Carmichael (Basingstoke)
Assistants: Martin Batchelor (Salisbury), Alex James (Bournemouth)
The next game to be played at The Doug Hillard Sports Stadium will be on Saturday 25th March 2017 when ‘The Robins’ of BRIDGWATER TOWN will be the visitors. (3.00pm)
Please note that our home games are now covered by KRT Digital Sport and can be found on Youtube, at this link/