FEE STRIKE EARNS WATERSIDERS THE POINTS
AFC Totton 0 Blackfield & Langley 1
AFC Totton were today beaten by a goal scored in first half stoppage time by Owen Fee as Blackfield & Langley left the Testwood Community Stadium with all three points in this New Forest derby.
Louis Langdown was forced into making changes with Birmingham City pair Adam Siviter and Ben McLean having left the club at the end of their loan spells. Josh Cotton came in in place of Siviter and Charlie Gunson came in for McLean. The bench consisted of Adekunle, Brooks, Haynes and Ollie Bradley ( A dual signing from AFC Fawley).
Totton started the game as well as the Watersiders with a lovely move ending with Craig Feeney crossing for Justin Bennett, who got a shot in on goal, but he didn’t quite get enough power in the effort to trouble keeper Lewis Noice.
Blackfield showed what a powerful side they are when Hashim Kasimu got down the left and he whipped over a delicious cross that Owen Fee came within inches of connecting with.
There were half chances for both sides as the game swung from end to end. Totton then put together a decent move with Bennett playing in Feeney on the right hand side of the box and Feeney played an inviting ball across the face of goal that Stuart Green couldn’t quite reach. A moment later Bennett forced Noice to get down a parry away a low drive from the edge of the box.
Then came an incident that changed the game but not in the way you’d expect. Jack Smith was clattered into by the Watersiders Leron Plummer and Plummer was shown a straight red card by referee Steven Scott. It was a moment of madness from the Blackfield striker, but fortunately for him it didn’t cost his side because from this moment on Blackfield just got men behind the ball and made it enormously difficult for Totton to create much.
However, it wasn’t just a rearguard action from Glenn Burnette’s side, who went on to take the lead in 1st half added time through a really scruffy goal.
The Watersiders had a corner on the left which was swung in under the crossbar, Stags keeper Josh Cotton was unable to get anything on it and Charlie Gunson headed the ball off of the line, the ball came out as far as Sam Poole who sent the ball back towards goal and Owen Fee got a touch on it as the ball went through legs and into the net, it was a horrible goal to concede.
Half Time: AFC Totton 0 Blackfield & Langley 1
Blackfield started the 2nd half much the better side and at times you would have thought it was Totton who were down to 10 men. The visitors had a four opportunities to double their lead in the first ten minutes of the half with Hashim Kasimu wasting three out of four chances. First off Kasimu put wide after being set up by former Stag Patrick Nolan. A corner then came into the Totton box and the Stags defence was at sixes and sevens when Poole got onto the end of it and the ball drifted just wide. Then B&L No 10 Kasimu fired over and a moment later he shot into the side netting when he really should have scored.
Totton had a chance of sorts when Feeney fired over, but the away side went back on the attack. Fee pulled a save out of Josh Cotton who parried the ball, but fortunately for Totton the ball was cleared away.
Totton were finding it incredibly hard to create anything, they did have a corner that Callum Chugg got onto the end of, but the Stags No3’s header went wide. Stuart Mott played a ball over the B&L defence for Feeney but Feeney couldn’t quite get onto Mott’s ball. Feeney played a ball through to sub Toby Adekunle and Adekunle’s effort was blocked and went out for a corner. Then Justin Bennett had a shot that deflected off of Feeney and the ball was cleared off of the line.
Despite those chances for Totton Blackfield were pretty comfortable for a vast majority of the time with Totton lacking the imagination and know how to break them down. Much of the Totton play was predictable and lacking in imagination.
Blackfield then had an opportunity to put the game to bed when Lewis Tallack set up substitute Charlie Urry, whose shot was spilled by Cotton but the Stags defence managed to clear the danger.
In all honesty this game will go down as one of the Stags poorest performances of the season, which was enormously disappointing in front of a seasons best attendance of 429.
Full Time: AFC Totton 0 Blackfield & Langley 1