STAGS SUFFER LATE HEARTBREAK
Evesham United 4 AFC Totton 3
Football can sometimes be a very cruel game as the Stags found yesterday in Worcestershire.
The visitors (still with 2 games in hand) were one place & 6 points behind Evesham, who themselves occupied the final play off place so a win would really have put us back in the mix following last week’s defeat at Moneyfields.
The game started superbly for Totton as they took the lead inside 2 minutes. Justin Bennett’s clever through ball on the edge of the box found Craig Feeney. His shot was parried by the home keeper but the ball looped up for the onrushing Connor YORK to rise highest and head the ball in.
The Stags work rate was excellent, continually forcing the home side into mistakes and generally unsettling their opponents and they were rewarded after half an hour when Stu GREEN was played onside and he finished coolly beneath the keeper
Half Time: Evesham 0 AFC Totton 2
Evesham made a change just into the 2nd half and their No 7 Marley Thomas was becoming hugely influential weaving balls through to his strikers, and on 50 minutes they were back in the game as one such ball found Thomas through one on one to score.
Suddenly the game changed and the hosts looked dominant and were rewarded with the equaliser from Kane Simpson.
The visitors had more injuries to contend with both Jack Masterton and Robin Nicholls forced off, but on 75 the Stags restored their lead when Craig FEENEY buried the ball in the far corner.
Then came the sting in the tail when Kai Thomas made it 3-3 on 90 minutes and then 7 minutes into added time the home side found a winner with Simpson heading home at the back post to turn the game around. Both the 3rd and 4th goals came from lofted balls to the back post.
Despite that in the 99th minute (10 minutes had been added due to injuries), the Stags had two chances as the ball across the box evaded everyone with the goal gaping and then Justin Bennett’s shot from the six yard box was pushed out for a corner by the home keeper.
A cruel day with focus now turning to Cinderford (A) on Tuesday evening before we return home to the Testwood Community Stadium next Saturday when we entertain Fleet Town (3pm)
Thanks to Simon Young for this match summary