AFC Totton 1 AFC Stoneham 3
By Sean McGlead (www.afctotton.com)
February 20th 2018
AFC Totton suffered a humiliating defeat against AFC Stoneham in their Russell Cotes cup Semi Final this evening, suffering a 3-1 loss at The Total Branding Community Stadium.
Louis Langdown made six changes to his starting eleven bringing in Matt Bozier, Jack Masterton, Dave Allen, Jack Barker, Charlie Gunson and Nathaniel Sherborne. in place of Ian Oliver, Robin Nicholls, Callum Chugg, Jack Smith, Alfy Whittingham & Craig Feeney. Chugg, Nicholls, Feeney and Whittingham were all on the bench for this evenings tie, Smith and Oliver missed out on selection.
The Stags were given an early warning by the Wessex Division One outfit when Sergio Cabellero forced Shane Murphy to parry away a fierce drive after just 2 minutes.
Totton retaliated with Tony Lee accepting a pass from Jack Masterton before rounding Stoneham keeper Williams, but a heavy touch took the ball too wide for Lee to get an effort on target but Lee’s attempted shot from a tight angle went out for a corner. Curtis Young then set up Lee for another shot on goal, but Lee’s effort was saved by Williams and Nathaniel Sherborne’s follow up hit the top of the crossbar and went over.
Stoneham were looking sharp and they were knocking the ball around well and their early endevour resulted in them taking a 22nd minute lead through Sergio Cabellero who latched onto a through ball and calmly slipped the ball past Murphy.
The Purples were really putting in a shift and they were winning most of the 50/50’s, their desire was something that the Stags were struggling to match.
Totton did have a half chance when Toby Adekunle fired at Williams who made a comfortable save, then Adekunle came really close with a shot that went millimeters over the crossbar.
Then right on the stroke of half time the Stags equalized when Connor York set up Charlie GUNSON who fired past Williams from 12 yards out. It was a goal that was harsh on Stoneham, who had worked their socks off.
Half Time: AFC Totton 1 AFC Stoneham 1
The visitors came out after half time even more fired up and they almost regained the lead a minute into the 2nd period when Cabellero had a shot cleared off of the line by York. However they were not to be denied a minute later when Ben Clarke forced home a rebound after Murphy had done really well to pull off a point blank save from the same player.
The Stags then upped their game a little and Dave Allen set up Curtis Young who bent in the 20 yard shot that hit the left hand post and bounced away.
Stoneham came straight back at Totton and a Roland Gallaway free kick was met by William Harris in the box and Harris put his effort over the bar when perhaps he should have done better with the effort.
Stoneham’s work rate was highly impressive and that hunger saw them pounce on a mistake by Matt Bozier and Cabellero chipped Shane Murphy with a delightful effort that dropped over the Stags keeper and into the net to make it 3-1. It was a great little finish from the ex Stags reserve team player.
The Stags were shell shocked, but they had several opportunities to get back into the game with Stags substitute Craig Feeney wasting a chance from 6-yards, this was followed by a Dave Allen header that went wide from a right wing corner. A short while later Young was denied by Williams who pulled off a fine save by pushing wide a curling effort from the Totton winger.
Stoneham were looking a really good side, knocking the ball around with a real purpose at times. If I had wondered into the ground during the game knowing nothing about either team I would have thought that they were the Southern League side.
Stoneham very nearly added a 4th goal when Harris was denied by Murphy who tipped over his terrific effort only for the linesman to indicate a goal kick, much to the bemusement of the Purples supporters in the stand.
With just a few minutes remaining the game was almost up for Totton but they did have a couple of late chances when Allen had an effort cleared off the line and Feeney missed a one on one in the 90th minute.
Full Time: AFC Totton 1 AFC Stoneham 3
Feb 17th AFC Stoneham 2 Totton and Eling 0
A solid 2-0 win extended our run to only 1 defeat in 14 games as we enter a vital part of the season with 10 games remaining plus a semi final on Tuesday night in the Russell Cotes cup at AFC Totton.
Our opponents were resolute in the first half without creating a real chance whilst we had a strong penalty claim turned down on 18 mins when Matt Stupple appeared to be upended in the box. A stalemate at half time was given a fairer reflection of the game when Welch scored on 51 minutes and Bainbridge 10 minutes from time.In between good chances went begging through Josh Clark and Jack Brady ,who had an excellent game, as we dominated the second half of the game.
Team: Williams, Stupple, Beckerley,Welch,Clarke,Galloway,Clark,Bainbridge,Cottilard,Brady and Harris Subs: Caballero,Manning, Hills.
Feb 10th AFC Stoneham 5 Alton Town 1
An excellent win in atrocious conditions in one of the few games to be played on the day. Despite the very wet condition of the pitch we played some excellent passing football.
We took the lead through Alex Welch and then allowed Alton to equalise through Knee on 31 mins as Alton started to get back into the game with the advantage of the wind.
Despite this we took the lead before half time through Will Harris and dominated thereafter into the 2nd half with further goals from Hogan, Harris and Brady to ensure our excellent run continued with only 1 defeat now in 13 games.
Team: Williams, Stupple,Beckerley,Bainbridge,Clarke,Galloway,Clark,Welch,Caballero,Brady,Harris Subs: Caballero,Edu and Hogan
Feb 3rd Follands Sports 0 AFC Stoneham 4
After a break due to the bad weather our first team travelled to bottom of the league Follands Sports and comfortably won 4-0 with goals from Cottilard, Welch, Edu and Harris. Although Follands displayed a good spirit opportunities were very limited and we controlled the game in terms of possession.
We were delighted go see Ben Clarke back in Purple having re-signed from Alresford Town.
Team: Williams, Hills,Beckerley,Bainbridge, Clarke,Galloway,Clark,Welch,Cottiliard,Brady,Harris. Subs: Stupple, Edu and Caballero
Jan 9th AFC Porthester 3 AFC Stoneham 4 (Russell Cotes Cup)
A tremendous away win at Wessex League Premier division AFC Portchester after being 2-0 down . We will now play at AFC Totton in the semi final on Feb 20th
Team: Williams, Hills,Manning,Galloway,Beckerley,Bainbridge,Welch,Harris,Brady,Cottilard,Hogan, Subs: Nichols,Caballero,Brewer.
Goalscorers : Hills,Brady,Harris and Bainbridge
Dec 23rd AFC Stoneham 4 Verwood Town 0
A very solid win against a Verwood team who only lost 3-2 to Bashley of the Premier division on wednesday night in the Bournemouth Senior cup final
We started very strongly keeping great possession of the ball without scoring an opening goal which eventually came from Sergio Caballero on 32 mins. At 1-0 the team were indebted to keeper Scott Williams who made two fantastic saves to maintain our lead at hal time.
We dominated the second half with further goals from Harris (2) and a first career goal from 35 yards from full back Luke Beckerley.
Team: Williams, Stupple,Beckerley,Welch,Galloway,Palmer,Bainbridge,Manning,Clark,Caballero,Harris. Subs: Brady,Hogan, Hills,Brewer