STAGS FINISH WITH A LIMP DISPLAY AT MANGOTSFIELD
Mangotsfield United 3 AFC Totton 0
The Stags finished the 2018/19 season in a disappointing manner, losing 3-0 to lowly Mangotsfield at Cossham Street this afternoon.
We won’t dwell on this game for too long, suffice to say that all the damage was done in the opening 45 minutes with Totton having to defend against, not only some useful looking Mangotsfield attackers, but against storm Hannah, which was blowing into Totton’s faces. That first 45 minutes was pretty poor from Totton, they looked limited in what they offered going forward, but defensively they were looking fragile to say the least, with a makeshift back four due to the absence of Dave Allen, who is running in the London marathon tomorrow, Jack Smith, who completed the 3rd game of his three match suspension following his sending off at Winchester City, Eddie Perrett who normally plays left back was missing and Connor York had to step in as a centre half alongside Callum Chugg, instead of playing in his right back position. Jason Brookes took Yorks spot at right back and Jack Masterton took Perretts at left back. The other notable change for Totton was Papa, who came in at No 7 for James Matthews. who dropped to the bench. The Totton bench consisted of four lads from our U18’s, Matthews, Charlie Hitchings, Matt Wootton and Jack Diaper.
As for the game it started badly with the home side going a goal up through Thomas Hillmans excellent volley from the left of the box, it was a cracking finish from Hillman following a cross from Daniel Demkiv. Mangotsfields 2nd goal was all to easy following Luke Spokes free kick which was floated into the box where centre half Keith Kearney rose unchallenged to head home. The Mangos 3rd goal was again very poor from Tottons point of view with James Ollis able to finish with ease a minute before the break. All Totton offered going forward was when Masterton’s cross was met by Bennett, but Mangotsfield keeper Marko Radovanic held it comfortably. This left Totton with a mountain to climb in the 2nd half, if they were to get something from the game.
Half Time: Mangotsfield Utd 3 AFC Totton 0
There was an improvement after the break but Mangotsfield were better organised defensively than Totton were and they managed to keep us out. Totton’s best efforts after the break were a Jack Masterton free kick that was deflected wide, an Ollie Bradley shot that was deflected wide, a Justin Bennett free kick that went over the bar as well as a Charlie Hitchings shot that was deflected for a corner. The only occasion that Totton worked the home keeper Marko Radovanic was when Jack Diapers shot was charged down and Callum Chugg’s follow up was well saved down by the right hand post. The home side didn’t offer a great deal going forward after the break, but they didn’t need to as they did the damage before half time.
Full Time: Mangotsfield Utd 3 AFC Totton 0