MAKESHIFT STAGS BEATEN BY A DECENT WIMBORNE SIDE
AFC Totton were beaten 2-0 by Bet-Victor Premier Division Wimborne Town at The Testwood Community Stadium, in front of a decent Pre-Season crowd of 162.
The Testwood Community Stadium pitch looked magnificent, in fact you could probably have played bowls on it, it looked that good!
Louis Langdowns side were without Robin Nicholls, Matt Simm, Dave Allen and Ollie Bradley for this afternoons game and this forced Langdown to put square pegs in round holes. Despite this the Stags were competitive, making Wimborne work hard for their victory.
The Stags found it hard to create much going forward but they kept the Magpies at bay until the 68th minute when makeshift centre half Matt Bozier put through his own net, following a left wing corner.
The Magpies doubled their lead after 77 minutes when substitute Will Prior was on hand to finish at the back post with his 1st touch of the game!
Wimborne created a number of chances early in the 1st half and former Stags striker Tony Lee was a constant threat. James Stokoe was also a handful and he will wonder how on loan Saints keeper Alex Cull somehow clawed away his 14th minute effort.
After the break the Stags certainly kept the ball a lot better but Wimborne always seemed to carry the greater threat in front of goal and eventually they found a way through albeit from an unfortunate own goal.
From Totton’s point of view I would not read too much into the result. Wimborne look a very good side indeed, and they could be in with a shout of a play off spot in the Bet-Victor Premier this season. As I stated above those four missing players would have made a big difference for the Stags as it would have allowed Louis Langdown to play players in their normal positions.
Totton are next in action against another Bet-victor Premier Division outfit from Dorset. Dorchester Town visit the Testwood Community Stadium next Saturday (27th July) 3pm.