STAGS LOSE BY ODD GOAL IN FIVE
AFC Totton 2 Frome Town 3
AFC Totton will feel hard done by that they ended up pointless against a decent Frome Town outfit at the Snows Stadium this afternoon. Louis Langdown was missing top scorer Craig Feeney after he sustained a bruised foot in last Tuesdays 2-1 defeat at Blackfield in the Southern League Challenge Cup. The only other change to the starting eleven was the return of Dave Allen, who replaced Gowan Stares. Stares dropped to the bench alongside Liam Callaghan, Matt Simm, Alex Haynes and Adam McWilliam.
The Stags were guilty of showing Frome too much respect early on and as a result they found themselves 2-0 down after 15 minutes. At that point some the Totton fans would have been fearing the worst, because it didn’t look good for them. The visitors were having a vast majority of the ball and they were causing Totton problems.
The Robins took a 6th minute lead when Jonathan Davies shot beat Totton keeper Alex Cull and came back off the right hand post, unfortunately for Totton the rebound came out to Rex Mannings who was following in and he Stroked the ball into the net.
It got worse for the Stags, they seemed to be allowing the Robins too much time and space and on 15 minutes Joseph O’Loughlin fired home from fully 30 yards with time to pick his spot.
A couple of half chances followed for the visitors before Totton finally awoke from their slumber. In the 21st minute and with their 1st chance of the afternoon they reduced the arrears when Lewis Beale cut the ball back inside the box for Silvano OBENG to poke the ball past Frome keeper Robert Brown. This was the Totton strikers 1st competitive goal for the club.
Unbelievably, just two minutes later the Stags were level and WHAT A GOAL THIS WAS!!! After stringing together a number of passes starting deep inside their own half the ball ended up with Ollie Bradley on the left, Bradley carried the ball across the pitch and played it to Richard BAKARY and Bakary carried the ball to the edge of the box and he curled an absolutely sublime 30 yard shot into the top left hand corner, It was an absolute stunner from the former Saints U23 player. Hopefully the goal will come up on social media over the weekend and it is well worth seeing! This was also Bakary’s 1st goal for the Stags.
Totton were now in the ascendancy and they should have been 3-2 up when Obeng had a great chance to score from inside the box but his shot was straight at Brown. Then came another great chance for Totton when Beale cut a cross back to the incoming Bradley and Bradley let fly with a shot that Brown saved, the rebound fell to Bakary whose shot was into the ground and a Frome defender blocked it close to the goal line.
There was a half chance for Totton when Smith headed a free kick back across the box for Beale whose shot went a few yards wide, then the visitors had a half chance Davies beat Scorey before his low shot was safely gathered by Cull.
It had turned out to be a stunning 1st half with the Stags really impressing after Obengs goal.
Half time: AFC Totton 2 From Town 2
The commitment from both sides in the 2nd half was terrific although clear cut chances were at a premium.
Davies had a low shot gathered by Cull on 52 minutes then came a moment that swung the game distinctly in Frome Town’s favour. Kane Simpson got played in and he was ahead of the chasing defenders and as he got to the edge of the box the out-rushing Cull came to smother the danger then there was a collision between him and Simpson. Cull stayed down needing treatment from Stags Physio Imogen Still. Eventually Cull got up and he was greeted with a red card. Up in the Stand we were unsure whether it was for hand ball outside the area or whether it was for a foul on Simpson, after the game we were told it was for a foul. Anyway, Stags centre half and club captain Dave Allen had to go in goal and his 1st job was to face a free kick from Davies, the kick went straight into the wall, the ball came back to Davies and his 2nd shot took a big deflection and wrong footed Dave Allen and the Robins were back in front.
There were no real clear cut chances from this point on but Totton never looked like they were a man down, they gave as good as they got and the final scoreline was a tad harsh on them. I don’t think anybody would argue that Louis Langdowns side were well worth a point at least. If the game had stayed 11 v 11 they would have got something from the game, I am pretty sure of that.
Full time: AFC Totton 2 Frome Town 3
As I said the Stags were worth a point at least. The way they reacted after being 2-0 down was terrific, there are some real positives to take from this game against the 2nd placed Robins, It is just a pity that the sending off made it more difficult for them.
Next up, the Stags entertain Follands reserves at the Snows Stadium next Tuesday (8th October) in the Southampton District senior Cup. Admission is just £2 for adults and its FREE entry for U16’s.