TOTTON GET FIRST WIN OF NEW YEAR
AFC Totton 2 Mangotsfield United 1
AFC Totton picked up their 1st win of 2019 with a narrow victory over struggling Mangotsfield United in front of 293 spectators .at the Testwood Community Stadium this afternoon.
The 1st half saw the Stags dominate proceedings but all they had to show for their efforts at the break was a 7th minute goal from centre half Jack SMITH, who bundled home from close range after Justin Bennett headed Stuart Greens right wing cross against the crossbar.
Totton had a number of chances in the opening period with Callum Chugg having a shot saved just before the opening goal. After Smiths opener there was a chance for Stuart Green, who saw his 20 yard shot go a foot over the crossbar.
Craig Feeney almost played in Jason Brooks, but Brooks couldn’t quite get his shot in before Mangotsfield cleared their lines. Then there were two chances in close succession for Feeney and BOTH opportunities were created by Stuart Green, the first was a right wing cross that was saved at point blank range by Mangotsfield keeper Kieron Hodges, within seconds Green put in another cross and this time Feeney stooped to head wide of the far post.
The Green/Feeney combination once again saw a chance for the Stags on 34 minutes, Green slid a ball through, and Feeney showed great strength to get in front of Harry Rutty and when Feeney got his shot in he was denied by keeper Hodges once again. The Stags were awarded a free kick after a handball around 35 yards from goal, Jack Masterton took the kick, but he got too much height on his effort and the ball drifted harmlessly wide.
Mangotsfield had not managed a serious effort up until the 36th minute. When their first opportunity arrived Luke Spokes played a ball out to James Ollis on the right of the box and Ollis had a decent chance to hit the target, but only managed to fire wide of the left hand post.
The Stags were inches away from netting a much deserved 2nd goal when a fantastic pass from MOTM Green found Bennett who got in behind the ‘Field’ defence, Bennett lifted the ball over Hodges as he advanced from his goal, but the Stags striker was ‘gutted’ as he watched the ball drop on top of the crossbar. Then in added time the Stags were awarded another free kick for a foul on Bennett and once again Jack Masterton stepped up to take it and once again he couldn’t quite get his effort on target as it drifted over the bar.
Half Time: AFC Totton 1 Mangotsfield United 0
After the break Mangotsfield came out fired up, you felt that they had to improve after they offered so little during the opening period.
Despite the improvement from the visitors, the Stags doubled their lead on 52 minutes. Craig FEENEY slotted home after he latched onto Bennetts flick on, following Max Harris’s long ball down field.
I think most of the ground were expecting Totton to go on and ‘put the game to bed’ at this point. However, Mangotsfield pulled a goal back a couple of minutes later when Daniel Demkiv nodded home at the back post following a left-wing cross.
Suddenly from looking comfortable it was game on. Understandably, Mangotsfield were lifted and the game became a bit of a battle with chances few and far between. In fact the next chance of the game did not arrive until in the 75th minute when a nice move ended with Mangotsfields Louis Britton firing inches wide.
Totton then had a glorious chance to increase their lead in the dying moments when young substitute Ollie Bradley played the ball out wide to Green, Green then crossed into the 6-yard box where Bennett came steaming in to connect, only to see his effort go over the bar.
Full Time: AFC Totton 2 Mangotsfield United 1