DEFENSIVE HORROR SHOW HANDS MONEYS THE POINTS
AFC Totton 1 Moneyfields 4
Football can really leave you feeling low sometimes and AFC Totton’s fans will be feeling that way this evening after a defensive horror show handed Moneyfields a 4-1 win at the Testwood Community Stadium this afternoon.
The Stags fans who traveled the short distance to Blackfield for the Preliminary round FA Cup tie on Friday evening, came away feeling that the team was making progress after they pushed their Southern Premier opponents all the way in a game where they probably deserved a replay. It felt as if we had taken a couple of big steps forward after that game, but after today’s clash the Stags took a few big steps back again!
Louis Langdown made four changes to the starting eleven for today clash with Moneyfields, Alex Cull made his 1st competitive start since joining on loan from Southampton, Cull came in for the injured Archie Matthews. Mitchell Byrne came in for Matt Hartmann, Liam Callaghan came in for Robin Nicholls and Lewis Beale returned in place of Ollie Bradley. On the bench for the Stags was Ollie Bradley, Matt Hartmann, Ben Scorey, Gowan Stares and Will Archer.
In baking hot bank holiday sunshine the Stags made a reasonable enough start, that was until the 8th minute when Jack Smith tried to play a ball out to the left and it was cut out by Jo Briggs, Briggs strode forward and fired a shot inside the right hand post where Totton keeper Cull went down in an attempt to save but somehow the ball bobbled up and it was in the back of the Stags net. The manner of the goal visibly hit the Totton players, you could see their reactions.
For around 5 minutes or so Moneys caused Totton problems with Briggs firing just over and Sam Pearce heading just wide from Briggs right wing cross.
Totton gradually started to edge their way back into the game with Dave Allen having a shot charged down and Craig Feeney having a shot blocked by the legs of Moneys keeper Hallett, then Liam Callaghan put over a cross to the back post that was just too high for Feeney. Mitchell Byrne then headed wide from Jack Masterton’s corner. Craig Feeney also sent in another low shot that whistled wide of the right hand post. Totton had been doing OK going forward, but every so often there would be a wayward pass that would worry you to death.
Then former Stag Connor York put over a deep cross towards Pearce at the back post but he went down under the close attentions of Byrne and referee Niall Clinton wasted no time in pointing to the spot. Ryan Pennery took the kick the Cull saved it but the ball ran loose and Pennery tapped home the rebound.
Totton had a half chance that Jack Masterton scuffed wide and then Lewis Beale ended a nice Totton move by having his shot saved by Hallett.
Half time: AFC Totton 0 Moneyfields 2
Totton had the 1st effort of the 2nd period with Allen having another shot charged down and the rebound fell to Smith who fired over the bar.
On 58 minutes a Moneyfields move ended with a cross into the Totton box, the ball ended up at the feet of Dave Allen who tried to move forward, but he somehow let the ball get caught up in his feet and Pennery stole it off of him and fired home from close range. I looked around and saw a few people with heads in their hands wondering what the hell was going on.
Jack Masterton sent a free kick wide for the Stags before goal line clearances from Matt Simm and Allen kept the score at 3-0.
In between the goal line clearances Lewis Beale shot wide from the edge of the box for Totton.
With just a few minutes left on the clock Totton pulled back a consolation goal when FEENEY chased an awkward bouncing ball that the Moneys defence did not deal with, and this left their keeper Hallett to try and get a hold of it and in the end Feeney just got in there before the keeper to head the ball home.
Then to sum up the afternoon Moneyfields added a 4th goal through substitute Danny Burroughs, who fired in a shot at that should have been meat and drink for Totton keeper Cull, but somehow the young keeper got it all wrong and the ball ended up inside his net.
Full time: AFC Totton 1 Moneyfields 4