SUPER STAGS GRAB DESERVED WIN
Bristol Manor Farm 2 AFC Totton 3
AFC Totton pulled off a tremendous 3-2 win at The Creek, the home of Bristol Manor Farm yesterday afternoon with Liam Callaghan getting his 1st goal in a Stags shirt and Craig Feeney netting himself a brace.
Louis Langdown made two changes to the starting eleven that faced Willand Rovers last time out, Matt Simm came in for Mitchell Byrne,who dropped to the bench and Liam Callaghan came in for Lewis Beale, who is injured. The Stags bench consisted of Ollie Bradley, Matt Hartmann, Gowan Stares, Liam Farrugia and Mitchell Byrne (as mentioned above).
In what was an even first half Totton had the 1st effort of the game and it came in the 3rd minute from Feeney, who tried a low shot that lacked sufficient power to trouble Ben Johns.
The home side started probing the Stags defence and the lively Jordan Metters put in a decent low cross that was cleared at the near post and Metters then tried a shot from the edge of the box that Stags keeper Alex Cull dealt with quite easily.
Totton then fell a goal behind after just seven minutes when Joseph McClennan picked up a clearance from a corner around 20 yards out, the Farm No 7 looked up and sent a shot rifling past Cull. Maybe the Stags could have closed down the space to prevent the shot, but there was no doubting the quality of the strike.
Totton reacted brilliantly to going a goal behind because within a minute they were level. Feeney picked the ball up on the right of the area, he then turned and tried what looked like a shot, the ball hit a Farm defender before finding its way to Liam CALLAGHAN who poked the ball home from. a yard out. This was Callaghans 1st competitive goal for the Stags.
Totton then very nearly took the lead when Jack Smith’s downward header forced John to push it wide, a little while later Feeney put in a cross that was met by Callaghan but the header was blocked by a defender who was stood very close to him.
Then came a spell when the ‘Farmy army’ were marginally on top, in that period Jamie Adams had a shot palmed away by Alex Cull, Metters had a deflected shot gathered by Cull then Cull was called into action again when he had to make a save from Lloyd Mills. Following this there was then a shot narrowly wide from Farms Joseph Tumelty, then goal scorer McClennan was released down the Farm left, he held off the attentions of Totton’s Matt Simm and he shot low at goal and Cull was on hand to make a routine save.
Just after the half hour Totton forced a corner on the right that was taken by Richard Bakary and Jack Smith got up to meet with a thumping header that was stopped on the line, A few Totton players felt that the ball had hit the arm of the defender but referee Andrew Shepperd was having none of it. Then Pip Nolan played a lovely ball over Farm left back Mason Winter and Callaghan got in to put over a cross that Farm managed to get clear.
Just before the break Lewis Leigh Gilchrist played in Winter who had overlapped and Winter forced Cull into making a decent save.
Half Time: Bristol Manor Farm 1 AFC Totton 1
Totton started the 2nd half well and they were awarded a free kick in the ‘D’ around 20 yards out, Pip Nolan stood over the ball with Richard Bakary and Bakary was the one who took the kick but he sent it a few feet over the Farm crossbar. Then Totton’s Rob Bradley got in on the action, firing wide of the left hand post from the edge of the box.
Totton had been excellent since the break and they were rewarded when Rob Bradley played a superb ball through for FEENEY who got in behind the Farm defence and the Totton striker lobbed the ball over the advancing Ben John to give his side the lead.
Totton were awarded another free kick 20 yards from goal after a foul on Bradley, Pip Nolan took the free kick and passed it sideways to Feeney who had a shot that forced John to make a save.
A rare attack from the hosts resulted in a corner on the right and when it arrived in the box it was met by Adams who saw his effort brilliantly tipped away by the outstretched Cull. It really was a save out of the top drawer.
Then on 70 minutes Totton increased their lead further when Robin Nicholls played in FEENEY who picked up the ball on the left of the area, the Stags striker then carried the ball across the box before shooting low into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
The home side then started to push forward in an attempt to get back in the game and substitute Lewis Bamford showed some good footwork before he curled a shot inches wide of the left hand post.
On 79 minutes Totton very nearly had a 4th goal when Craig Feeney received a pass from Sub Matt Hartmann, Feeney tried to lift the bouncing ball over keeper John and it looked like he had succeeded until the keeper threw up and arm to get fingertips to it, and this was enough to prevent the ball from dropping into his net.
The home side were now taking gambles by pushing extra bodies forward and Tumelty had a shot saved comfortably by Cull, then shortly afterwards sub Jordan Rogers sent a wild effort well wide.
Totton had been looking threatening for most of the game and Matt Simm got in an angled effort that forced John to get down and save.
Totton had been comfortable in truth, dominating the 2nd half. They had defended well when they needed to and they looked dangerous when they attacked. However, with the 90 minutes up they were given a scare when Rogers reduced the deficit slipping the ball past Cull from inside the box. It was a goal out of nothing really. It made added time a little nervy for those Totton fans who had traveled to the West Country, but Louis Langdown’s side survived without any further scares, allowing them to come back to Hampshire with a richly deserved three points.
Full Time: Bristol Manor Farm 2 AFC Totton 3
Next up for the Stags is AFC Portchester in the Hampshire senior Cup at our newly named Snows Stadium on Tuesday evening (7.45pm).