Both sides missed chances in this top of the table clash at Testwood Park. One mistake was going to settle this match and unfortunately it was our mistake that brought about the only goal of a keenly contested affair played in a good spirit,
The crowd though was a disappointing 71, but given that it was extremely cold the fair weather fans stayed away, thereby missing a game that was a good advert for the Wessex League.
It was a close game as the score suggests and we shaded the first half when a superbly flighted free kick from Tim saw Ollie crash a header against the top of the bar and Lamin also had a header plucked out of the air by former Hampshire wicketkeeper Iain Brunnschweiller, (probably using those “wicky” gloves!), had either of those gone in perhaps we would have gone on to win. Totton had penalty claims rightly turned down in the third minute, but the pace of Osman and Hamodu were a constant threat all evening dealt with admirably by our defence. In the second period we seemed to tire a bit- and having played nine games in just 29 days it’s no wonder, and were on the rack a bit for long periods.
The only time that we neglected to pick up the runner in midfield, they punished us when Roden met a cross with just three minutes left to win the game. The way they celebrated showed how relieved they were.
Totton are probably the best team that we have played this season, and their title aspirations remain on track.