STAGS SEAL SOUTHERN LEAGUE TITLE
AFC Totton were today crowned Southern League Division One South champions in front of a bumper crowd of 1,727 at the Snows Stadium, thanks to a 1-0 victory over Exmouth Town.
Totton were looking to make their incredible home support count with a strong start, and they caused Exmouth a number of problems from set pieces. They made the breakthrough when a smart short corner routine saw Charlie Davis felled in the box for a clear penalty, which Scott RENDELL duly dispatched in the 17th minute for what would be the game’s only goal.
Town improved after conceding, but found home goalkeeper Lewis Noice equal to everything they could throw at him
The second half lacked clear-cut chances, with both sides struggling somewhat to hit their best rhythm, with the Stags wary of becoming too open and allowing the visitors a way back into the game.
As the clock ticked on, the sense of anxious anticipation in the ground began to build, with a now makeshift Totton back-line after a number of injuries defending resolutely.
After what must have seemed an eternity for the home support, the final whistle finally came to send the stadium into raptures, with AFC Totton officially champions with two league games still left to play, a fair reward for a team that has undoubtedly been the class of the division this season.
Final Score: AFC Totton 1-0
Goalscorers: Scott Rendell (17p)
Star Player: Lewis Noice
Word Count: 228
Author: Benjamin Rees
Photos: Craig Hobbs Photography