U18’s: Stags beaten at Christchurch
Hampshire County Youth League (U18’s) – Division 1
Sunday 7th April 2:00pm
MA Hart Stadium
Christchurch 2-0 AFC Totton
The Young Stags had an early chance with only 2 minutes of the game gone. James Matthews burst forward down the right & passed inside to Josh Carey on the edge of the box, but he put his shot over the bar.
Christchurch then took the lead after just 4 minutes. An attack down the right saw the player run through to the edge of the box & fire past keeper Mitchell Jackson, as he tried to punch the ball away. After 6 minutes Totton came close to equalising when a long pass allowed Matt Wotton to run behind the defence, but his shot from 18 yards went just wide of the far post.
Christchurch continued to press forward & won a corner after 10 minutes following a great challenge inside the box from Ben Pike. The resulting in swinging corner was easily headed home unchallenged, after some slack marking in the Totton penalty area.
Captain Tyler Beech picked up a yellow card shortly before Totton went close to scoring. On 30 minutes Sam Richardson hit a 40 yard pass allowing James Matthews to run through from the right, but his shot was saved by the keeper. On 35 minutes Sam Muddiman moved forward into the Christchurch half & unleashed a 40 yard shot that was saved by the keeper.
With 40 minutes gone an attack down the left saw Patryk Lachowicz beat his man & cross to Matt Wotton, who saw his shot turned behind for a corner.
Half Time: Christchurch 2-0 AFC Totton
Totton started the 2nd half brightly, going close when Jack Diaper fed James Matthews who beat his man & crossed to Pat Lachowicz who shot over the bar from inside the box. Moments later Matt Wotton saw his 25 yard effort tipped over the bar by the keeper.
Totton continued to press forward but with 60 minutes gone, Christchurch almost scored again from another corner. Another free header from the resulting kick was blocked & the rebound was put just wide.
After 78 minutes a Totton attack saw Matt Wotton brought down outside the box to the right hand side of the penalty area. Sam Richardson stepped up but curled the free kick just over the bar. Too many interruptions by the referee stopped the game from flowing in the 2nd half with either side having many clinical chances in front of goal.
Totton came close to a consolation goal on 90 minutes when Shahram Jalal picked out Sam Muddiman 20 yards out, but his shot was saved by the keeper.
Full Time: Christchurch 2-0 AFC Totton
The Young Stags return to action next Sunday with a 2pm home game at the Testwood Stadium against AFC Portchester.