AFC Totton knock former manager Glenn Howes and Dorchester Town out of FA Trophy
FA Trophy Third Round Qualifier
AFC Totton 2
Dorchester Town FC 0
AFC TOTTON progressed into the first-round proper of the FA Trophy with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over former boss Glenn Howes' new team, Dorchester Town.
It was a hotly anticipated fixture given Howes and James Wood's departure to the Magpies five days earlier, and resolute defending kept the hosts in the game until late goals at the end of both halves clinched the win.
Dorchester dominated the opening exchanges, and Kieran Roberts had an early chance, but he could only flash his ferocious shot just wide of Amad Skrzyniarz's goal.
Shortly after, the Polish keeper was forced into more action, most notably standing strong for an impressive one-on-one save from Flavio Tavares, who went close after surging through the middle.
The Stags came on strongly in the final 10 minutes of the half, with Hisham Kasimu having a couple of close chances before Ethan Taylor nearly scored with a spectacular effort from 35 yards out.
Just when the teams seemed destined to go in level at half-time, Taylor played in Kasimu to round a stranded Harrison Lee, tuck the ball into an empty net and send the home support into raptures.
In the second period, Totton started the stronger of the two sides, with Harry Medway seeing his goal-bound header saved before Lee also collected a scramble.
With nine minutes left, Medway broke from the back before his deflected effort fell to Ragguette, who cut in from the left before stroking the ball just wide.
With the match ebbing away, the Stags put the game to bed, doubling their lead when Taylor wriggled through the Magpies' defence to power home a left-footed strike at the near post.
Despite a late onslaught from Dorchester, the Stags saw out the game to secure a place in the next round and make it a happy end to a tumultuous week.
The win earns Totton a place in the first round proper and £2,450.
AFC Totton: A. Skrzyniarz, C. Baughan, J. Ragguette, F. Read, H. Medway, S. Zubar, S. Gwengwe, J. Ngalo, H. Kasimu, E. Taylor, S. Griffin. Subs:
J. Hoey, B. Williams, J. Masterton, L. Waterfield, B. Jefford.