AFC Totton....4 Mangotsfield United....0
Not a good day in Hampshire for Mangos!
Report by Ron Loftus
Saturday 11th November 2017, The Evo-Stik League South – West Division. Attendance 266
AFC Totton…4 Mangotsfield United….0
With new signing Martin Stowell making his debut in defence and Charlie MADDISON also starting, the ‘ Field made a positive and encouraging beginning to this game in Hampshire on Saturday. Cameron Allen shot straight at ‘ keeper Shane MURPHY after 3 mins. when he might have done better and a MADDISON shot from 15 yards was held by the home custodian at the foot of his right-hand post after 15 mins. Kane Simpson was working hard to create space against a resolute home defence and Mangotsfield had a penalty claim turned down when the striker appeared to have his ankles clipped in a crowded area before the ball was eventually cleared.
However, the complexion of the game changed completely when the home side’s Jack BARKER was allowed a free-header from a corner on the right to put the hosts 1-0 up after 34mins. On 43 mins. a free-kick from Robert HOBBS was met by STOWELL who beat home ‘ keeper MURPHY in the air only to see his backward header drop agonisingly over the bar. On the stroke of half-time a long clearance out of the Totton defence fell kindly to Craig FEENEY who outstripped his marker before slipping the ball past DORRINGTON to give the home team a two-goal advantage at the interval.
The game was effectively decided after 55mins. when BARKER once again was too strong in the air for our defence from a corner on the right to make the scoreline 3-0. Both sides made full use of their substitutes during the final third of the match but Totton continued to dominate proceedings and 11 minutes. from time substitute Charlie GUNSON converted a low cross into the box from the left to leave the final score at 4-0. The scoreline did not flatter the home side who were far superior all over the pitch as, yet again , we failed to get a single shot on target during a poor second half. Whilst we obviously missed the influential Nick PEARE due to suspension and there was an encouraging debut by Martin Stowell , the acquisition of a goalscorer would seem to remain a priority if we are to climb away from the basement of the league !
AFC TOTTON (All Blue/White)
G/K. Shane Murphy, 2. Connor York, 3. Ian Oliver, 4. Jack Masterton, 5. Jack Smith, 6. Jack Barker, 7. Curtis Young (Charlie Gunson 68), 8. Alfie Whittingham, 9. Craig Feeney, 10. Tony Lee (Nathaniel Sherborne 72), 11. Oluwatobi Adekunle(Robin Nicholls 78).
Unused Subs: Patrick Nolan, Callum Chugg.
Bookings: Tony Lee (60)
Red Cards: None
MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: (White/Black/Black)
G/K. George Dorrington, 2. Jake Gardner, 3. Tom Warren, 4. Martin Stowell (Jordan Williams 80), 5. Josh Nelmes ©, 6. Ed Weeks, 7. Charlie Maddison (Jake Sinclair 60), 8. Robert Hobbs, 9. Kane Simpson, 10. Cameron Allen (George Lloyd 60), 11. Jake Elliott.
Unused Subs: Ollie Price
Bookings: Robert Hobbs (32), Jake Elliott (45), Josh Nelmes (62)
Red Cards: None
Referee. Nigel Whitfield (Ferndown, Dorset)
Assistants: Cihan Gecmez & Mark Bradley (Bournemouth, Dorset)
Please note that our home & away games are now covered by KRT Digital Sport and can be found on Youtube.
The next scheduled game at the Curtis Drew Stadium, will be on Saturday 25th November 2017, when ‘The Greens’ of KIDLINGTON will be the visitors. 3.00pm