STAGS SUFFER SIX GOAL MAULING!!!
AFC Totton 0 Thatcham Town 6
AFC Totton suffered their heaviest ever Southern League home defeat when they were thrashed 6-0 by promotion chasing Thatcham Town at the Snows stadium this afternoon. I quickly trawled through the club records this evening and from what I could see this was the Stags first home defeat by a six goal margin since they lost 6-0 to Christchurch at Testwood Park in Wessex League Division One on 30th March 1996. We have conceded six at home twice since we were promoted to the Southern League in 2008. We were beaten 6-1 at home to Larkhall on 16th August 2016 and we were beaten 6-1 by Wimborne Town on 24th September 2017. If I have got any that wrong our stats man Malcolm Tombs will let me know I am sure!
Onto today’s match, Louis Langdown made seven changes to the starting eleven that played against Fleetlands in the Russell Cotes Cup in midweek. Out of the side went Matt, Hall, Will Archer, Matt Hartmann, Gowan Stares, Rob Bradley, Alex Haynes and Lewis Beale. In came Alex Cull, Matt Simm, Jack Smith, Dave Allen, Richard Bakary, Pip Nolan and Liam Callaghan. Today’s bench consisted of Craig Feeney, Adam McWilliam, Rob Bradley, Jack Masterton and Will Archer.
For the 1st 31 minutes of this contest it was very much even stevens with neither side able to create a worthwhile chance, it was very much a case of each side cancelling the other one out. The only noteworthy incident in the opening half an hour saw Kyle Tooze fire an effort into the side netting on 11 minutes.
Then came Thatcham’s opening goal and it came from a misjudgment by the Stags centre half Dave Allen, Dave has been very dependable most weeks, but he misjudged the flight of a ball and this allowed Felipe Barcelos to get clear in behind him and Barcelos held off Jack Smith before calmly rolling the ball past Cull into the bottom left hand corner of the net. Then two minutes before half time Thatcham got a 2nd when a lucky ricochet enabled Kyle Tooze to get inside the box and shoot home despite Mitchell Byrne trying to hook it off the line.
Half time: AFC Totton 0 Thatcham Town 2
After the disappointing first half it was hoped that Totton would up their game in the 2nd period but within a couple of minutes when they were 3-0 down when George Geacocks cross was tapped home at the back post by Barcelos.
Manager Louis Langdown made three substitutions in five minutes with Matt Simm, Pip Nolan and Liam Callaghan being replaced by Craig Feeney, Ollie Bradley and Adam McWilliam.
A rare half chance came Totton’s way when Feeney pulled a shot wide for the Stags. Then a collision between Jack Smith and the Kingfishers Kyle Tooze saw Tooze stretchered off.
Adam McWilliam was offering the Stags something different with his willingness to run at defenders and he had a half chance when he fired well wide from the right hand side of the box.
Thatcham then scored a 4th goal when Matt partridge turn and shot from the edge of the box went in off of the right hand post despite Cull’s best efforts to stop it.
Barcelos nearly completed his hat trick after a quick counter attack ended with him firing just wide. However, two goals in three minutes left the Stags facing an embarrassing six goal deficit with sub James Tennent firing home inside the box on 70 minutes to make it 5-0 and Geacock adding a 6th on 74 minutes.
Totton finally managed to get a shot on target in the 77th minute when McWilliam saw his shot turned away by Kingfishers keeper Archie Matthews and McWilliam’s free kick in added time saw Matthews again make a save.
Just before the final whistle Alex Cull ensured that the score line did not get any worse when he tipped over a rasping shot from Geacock.
Full time: AFC Totton 0 Thatcham Town 6.
Thatcham Town have all the ingredients that you need to be at the top of the table. They can play, they can graft , they are physical and they were clinical. They probably had about nine shots on goal and they buried six of them!
As for Totton. you can take a defeat against a decent side but you can’t make it easy for them like we did today! We have been making progress recently and the win at Slimbridge last week showed us that we are not a bad side ‘on our day’ but unfortunately when you have a side full of youngsters you can get days like this.
Somehow. Louis Langdown and Adam Wilde have to lift the players this week and get them ready for next weeks FA Trophy tie at home to Weston Super Mare.