A fantastic evening was had by all at the Snows Stadium!
AFC Totton sponsors & Celebrities 7 Ex – Saints 7
Report by Jack Clarkon
AFC Totton welcomed fans back in style as they watched 14 superbly taken goals hit the back of the net in a very memorable game. The Snows Stadium was full of life as 1,500 fans watched a game full of goals between AFC Totton (Sponsors & Celebrities) and an Ex-Saints team packed full of legends. The game was played as a charity match in which AFC Totton donations went to Southampton Schools and the Ex-Saints donations went to the Mountbatten Hampshire Hospice!
Every fan watched on, as the Ex-Saints team was made up of a list of legends, including:Matt LeTissier, James Beattie, David Peach(70 years old),Tommy Widdrington & Glenn Cockerill.
It didn’t take long forany sideto getthe ball in the net,with 60 seconds on the clock,AFC Totton tooka calm finishand made it 1-0. It took a mere 8 minutes however, to bring the score back level as a header at the back post was taken well by the Saints, to make it 1-1.
AFC Totton managed to show their own heading abilities and on the 12thminute, a well taken corner was met with an effort that rattled the net.
The game saw some decent saves too, as in the 20thminute, Saint’s goalkeeper, Wayne Shaw showed off his diving abilities when a shot from distance had to be parried over the bar.
It didn’t take long after for the hosts to grasp themselves a 2-goal cushion when a shot on target was met with the gloves of Wayne Shaw, but it slipped through his hands and rolled into the net, making it 3-1 to AFC Totton.
The ex-Saints team however, hit some form and in quick succession, scored 2 goals to give themselves their first lead of the game, going into Half Time, 5-3 up.
With the Saints up 5-3, they started the second half with the mind of keeping possession, and that is exactly what they did, frustrating The Stags while playing some lovely football.
It was short lived however, when current Stags forward Brett Williams ran through the centre of the field, dribbling the ball towards the box, then calmly placing it into the bottom corner, giving the Stags a goal back, making it 5-4.
Brett’s lovely goal was quickly followed up with another Stags finish into the bottom corner, bringing the scores back level yet again.
The Saints team then fell behind in the match again, as a penalty was given for a slide tackle inside the area, in which it was slotted home.
Two minutes later and the Saints had levelled yet again! A lovely executed chip from distance lobbed The Stags goalkeeper to bring the score to a mouth-watering 6-6!
Minute 72 was a big one for every single fan inside the stadium as Southampton legend Matt LeTissier walked onto the pitch to play the remaining 18 minutes.
It was a very dramatic end to the game as both teams scored very late on. AFC Totton took the lead again in the 85thminute, but shortly after in the 88thminute the Saints pulled level with another beautifully taken chip.
There was no time for a winner from either team, however due to the circumstances and the occasion in which the game was played, a draw was very much deserved for both.
AFC Totton 7 – 7 Ex Saints