STAGS FALL STRAIGHT INTO MONEYS TRAP!
Moneyfields 2 AFC Totton 0
Totton went in today’s game at high flying Moneyfields in high spirits after a terrific 5-0 win over Melksham Town in midweek. However, today’s opponents Moneyfields are on a long unbeaten run and they would offer the Stags a much sterner test than the one that they faced in midweek.
The team news for the Stags saw one change to the starting eleven that began the midweek game v Melksham, Robin Nicholls missed today’s game through injury, and he was replaced by Eddie Perrett. On the bench the Stags had Connor York, Ollie Bradley, Liam Crook and Adam Wilde.
The game started at 100mph and from the off the home side took the initiative, they were strong in the tackle and they unsettled the Stags. Totton found themselves lured into a physical battle, which did not suit their game, and to be fair to Money’s this was probably their game plan and the Stags allowed themselves to fall straight into their trap!
Overall, the game did not offer much in the way of goalmouth action with Totton unable to get into any sort of rhythm at all. Moneyfields were offering much more threat with Lewis Fennemore having two shots from distance that were not too far away, and they also had a header wide from Curtis Decosta.
With the home side on top it was no surprise to see them open the scoring after 17 minutes through a feint Dan Wooden header from Sam Pearce’s pacey cross, it got much worse for the Stags because by the 20th minute it was 2-0 with another goal from former Gosport player Wooden. His 2nd was a low drive past Harris from around the edge of the box.
Moneys had another chance in the 25th minute with Brett Poate heading wide before Totton had their 1st sniff in the home sides box when Feeney was played in, but he didn’t get enough height on the ball to trouble Steve Mowthorpe,
The Moneys keeper (and former Stag) Mowthorpe had little to do throughout the afternoon, but Justin Bennett did force him to get down and gather following a turn and shot from around 14 yards in the 28th minute.
Totton were very fortunate not to find themselves further behind before the break when a terrific shot from Wooden hit the woodwork just after the half hour mark.
Half Time: Moneyfields 2 AFC Totton 0
The niggly theme to the play continued after the break with the officials probably stone deaf from constant appeals for fouls and free kicks,
Much of the play seemed to be in the middle third of the pitch, but Totton had a couple of chances with Bennett getting in a shot that Mowthorpe dealt with comfortably and Feeney having a shot that went over the bar.
Stags club skipper Dave Allen was on the end of a hefty challenge from Moneys Conor Bailey this forced Allen off and he had to re-placed by Ollie Bradley.
On 58 minutes Totton striker Feeney sent another effort over the bar before Moneys had two chances in three minutes for Steve Hutchins, the first of his opportunities saw him head wide from a left wing cross, his 2nd effort was an outrageous shot from around 35 yards that almost caught out Stags keeper Harris, who was scrambling back towards goal, but fortunately for Totton Hutchins effort landed on top of the crossbar.
Totton then had what was probably their best chance of the afternoon when sub Ollie Bradley played a ball into Bennett from the left before Bennett let fly with a first time shot that went into the side netting.
The home side had one more opportunity with Joe Briggs nodding a ball down for sub Connor Hoare who fired just wide. Then Totton had a shot from Craig Feeney that was deflected wide for what should have been a corner, but somehow referee Jamie Wells did not see the obvious deflection off of a Moneyfield’s defender.
Full Time: Moneyfields 2 AFC Totton 0
There can be no complaints about the result, Moneyfields were the better side and were deserved winners of the game. It is just a shame that Totton allowed themselves to get ‘bullied’ in the opening 20 minutes of the game and that proved crucial.
Louis Langdown said to me back in August that Moneyfields would be strong contenders to win this Division and you can see why. They are a big, strong uncompromising outfit, they have players you would hate to see playing against your side, but you would love to see in your side. I believe Louis is right in what he said they are in with a real shout of winning this Division.
The Stags must brush themselves down and get ready for a trip to Evesham United next Saturday (3pm)