Mangotsfield United....3 AFC Totton....0
By Bob Smale
Mangos end season on a high
Saturday 27th April 2019, The Evo-Stik League South – Division One South Attendance 136
Mangotsfield United….3 AFC Totton…0
On a blustery end-of-season day, Mangotsfield finished in style, overcoming the windy conditions with an impressive first-half display, full of pace, and at times, incisive football. Always difficult opponents, ‘The Stags’ failed to deal with the conditions, and although they enjoyed a better second-half, never put the hosts under real pressure.
‘The Field’ were ahead after just three minutes. Dan Demkiv made a quick break down the right, and his cross was met first time by Tom Hillman, whose 20 yard volley found the far corner. 1-0.
Ten minutes later, the hosts lost Dan Demkiv to injury, but substitute Jake Thomas, together with Tom Hillman & Lee Hartshorn, were equally as effective as their pace caused Totton problems. A left-foot drive from Jake Thomas clipped the far post, and following a good run and delivery from James Ollis, Lee Hartshorn was robbed by defender Callum Chugg as he was about to shoot.
Just before the half-hour, ‘The Field’ went further ahead, thanks to a superb free-kick from Luke Spokes, which was powerfully headed home by Keith Kearney. 2-0.
Stuart Green tested Marko Radovanovic from distance, but the keeper held the low drive comfortably.
On the stroke of half-time, ‘The Field’ scored a third. Tom Hillman broke down the right flank, and his cross found Jake Thomas, whose shot was blocked, but the rebound fell to James Ollis, and he put it in the far corner. 3-0.
‘The Stags’ came more into the game after the break, although they did not do enough to trouble the hosts. A deep corner found Justin Bennett, but he headed over the top. Bennett also had an opportunity from a free-kick just outside of the box, but it was wind-assisted and drifted wide of the far post.
Mangotsfield were then presented with a great chance to add to their tally as Luke Spokes was put through, and he lobbed the ball over keeper Shane Murphy, only to see it clear the crossbar.
Totton’s Matthew Wootton was sent clear but he blazed his effort high and wide, and then as the game entered stoppage time, Callum Chugg sent in a low volley which Marko Radovanovic fingertipped atround the post.
MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: (Maroon & Sky) (Manager: Ollie Price )
G/K. Marko Radovanovic 2. Sekani Simpson ©, 3. Matty Tanner, 4. Clayton Fortune, 5. Keith Kearney, 6. Chris Peck(Colin Mugoya-Tabingwa 80), 7. James Ollis, 8. Luke Spokes, 9. Dan Demkiv(Jake Thomas 13), 10. Lee Hartshorn, 11. Tom Hillman (Sam Hill 66).
Unused subs. Ollie Price, Calum Ferguson
Red Cards: none
Goals: Tom Hillman (3), Keith Kearney (29) James Ollis (45)
AFC TOTTON ( All Yellow ) (Manager: Louis Langdown )
G/K: Shane Murphy, 2. Jason Brookes(Charlie Hitchings 73), 3. Jack Masterton ©, 4. Robin Nicholls, 5. Callum Chugg, 6. Connor York, 7. Christos Papakonstantinou(Jack Diaper 72), 8. Alex Haynes, 9. Stuart Green(Matthew Wootton 76), 10. Justin Bennett, 11. Oliver Bradley.
Unused Subs: James Matthews.
Red Cards: none
Referee: Sam Littlefair (Exeter)
Assistants: Nathaniel Rehman (Oxford), Stephen Kay (Cheddar)
The 2019/20 season starts on Saturday 17th August 2019, at 3pm.