STAGS CRUISE THROUGH TO NEXT ROUND
AFC Totton 5 Follands Sports Reserves 0
AFC Totton cruised through to the 3rd round of the Southampton District Senior Cup after a 5-0 home win against Follands Sports Reserves at the Snows Stadium last night.
When the Stags were drawn at home to Follands Sports reserve side we all knew that we would be overwhelming favourites to go through. It was just a case of not being complacent or sloppy.
As expected, boss Louis Langdown made as many changes as he could. Inuries forced his hand as to how many he could make but the most notable change was between the sticks where midfielder Robin Nicholls had to play following Alex Culls injury sustained before he was sent off against Frome Town last Saturday.
When the game started Follands got off to a bright start and did not look overawed at all, in fact ‘sleepy’ defending at times allowed the visitors a number of opportunities in the first half. Follands in fact had the 1st chance of the evening when McLean put wide.
You would expect Totton to create opportunities and they created plenty with Silvano Obeng missing a good chance shooting straight at Hankins in the 3rd minute. Totton’s next pop at goal came when Richard Bakary fired a free kick wide after he was fouled in the 9th minute.
Follands best chance of the evening came in the 7th minute when Dunivecher had a header cleared off the line by Jack Smith. There were warning signs there for Totton if they thought the game would be a walk in the park.
Totton finally did take the lead when Obeng found Richard BAKARY on the right of the area and he shot across Hankins and into the far side of the net in the 12th minute.
Totton were having a few wobbles at the back and it took a goal line clearance from Matt Simm to deny McLean from quickly leveling things up.
The Stags went back on the attack and Pip Nolan had a low shot saved following a nice one two on the edge of the box and a moment later Obeng spurned a chance firing over from 18 yards.
Stags stand in goalkeeper Robin Nicholls then pulled an excellent save when he denied Dunivecher in a one on one. Totton were looking very capable going forward but they were letting Follands in far too easily at times.
The chances kept coming thick and fast and Bakary curled in a shot that Hankins did very well to push wide. Obeng then stuck another shot over the bar for the Stags a couple of moments later.
Follands were really causing Totton problems although they were being helped by some average defending at times and they had another chance on 23 minutes when Dunivecher and McLean combined, and they forced Nicholls into making a smart save.
Totton had another chance when Alex Haynes teed himself up before attempting an overhead kick from 10 yards that went over the bar The Stags were incredibly close to doubling their lead when Obeng and Beale played a one two before Beale let fly with a shot that smashed against the underside of the crossbar with the ball coming down on the goal line and keeper Hankins was grateful to fall on top of the ball. Liam Callaghan then whistled a shot wide then Bakary fired over from close range. Then a move involving Pip Nolan and Callaghan ended with Obeng firing a shot straight across the face of goal. Then came goal number two for the Stags when Obeng played a ball to NOLAN who fired low from 20 yards and the ball flew past everybody and into the back of the net.
Then just before the break Nolan set up Lewis Beale with a deft touch but Beale took a second or two too long and a defender was able to block his effort.
Then the visitors reminded everybody that they were still here when Roach fired wide right on half time.
Half time: AFC Totton 2 Follands Sports Reserves 0
Manager Louis Langdown made a double substitution at the start of the 2nd half bringing Mitchell Byrne on for Jack Smith and Adam McWilliam on for Pip Nolan.
Follands were still not lying down and McLean almost cashed in on some more poor defending but he was unable to take his chance firing over the bar. Then McLean was in again, this time in a one on one but he slipped the ball past Nicholls and past the post.
Despite a slow start to the 2nd half Totton made it 3-0 when MCWILLIAM scored from a free kick 20 yards out sending the ball into the bottom left corner of the net. Totton very nearly added a 4th when Beale got through but Hankins saved, the follow up was goal bound from Bakary but his effort was blocked by a defender and the Stags had to settle for a corner.
Mc Willam then had two shots from distance for Totton, both were saved by Hankins.
Dunivecher then pulled a save out of Nicholls then Nicholls managed to catch an attempted chip from a Follands Sub a short while later.
Totton then had two shots block in quick succession from sub Rob Bradley and this was followed by one from Beale. Beale then sent an effort just wide on 80 minutes. McWilliam then had another shot at goal that was saved after 82 minutes. Gowan Stares then headed over from a corner for Totton. With time ticking away the Stags made it 4-0 when Bakary’s right wing cross was swept home by BEALE.
Rob Bradley fired over from outside the box on 89 minutes, then Obeng shot weakly at Hankins before Totton added a 5th goal from BEALE’s lob over Hankins, who had come way out of his goal.
Full time: AFC Totton 5 Follands Sports Reserves 0