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AFC Totton suffer defeat to table-topping Cirencester Town



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Southern League Division One
Cirencester Town 2
AFC Totton 0

AFC Totton were hoping to lay down a marker against table-toppers Cirencester Town, but the Gloucestershire side ran out comfortable winners on the Corinium Stadium's 3G pitch.

The visitors spurned several chances to score, but the Centurions struck at the start of each half to secure all three points and increase their lead at the table's summit.

Dan Sackman started without the influential duo Ben Jefford and Ade Olumuyiwa, but the bench saw an injection of youth with 17-year-old Harrison Cable and 16-year-old goalkeeper Josh Jeffries among the substitutes.

Sam Griffin came closest to scoring for AFC Totton (photo: Craig Hobbs Photography)
Sam Griffin came closest to scoring for AFC Totton (photo: Craig Hobbs Photography)

The match kicked off highly competitively, with both sides looking to exert control right from the start.

With six minutes gone, a Cirencester free-kick floated into the box from the middle of the pitch. Stags' captain Harry Medway and Pascal Kpohomouh could only look on as the ball arched towards the far post, where Ellison Dunton eagerly tucked the ball past keeper Lewis Noice.

The Stags redoubled their efforts, and came close to equalising when Hisham Kasimu received the ball on the edge of the area. The lethal marksman controlled the ball, drawing two defenders' attention before slipping it to Sam Griffin. The attacker looked sure to score, but his shot slammed against the underside of the crossbar.

The rest of the half saw the Stags hunting an equaliser. But with remarkable goalkeeping from Alexander Harris, numerous last-gasp blocks and Griffin hitting the woodwork again, the Centurions maintained their 1-0 lead into the break.

After creating multiple openings in the first half, the Totton contingent would have felt positive before the restart. However, an early strike from Jo Shepperd effectively ended the match.

The visitors went looking for a way back into the game, but Cirencester rubber-stamped their title credentials by controlling the remainder of the match and moving away from the chasing pack.

AFC Totton: L. Noice, C. Baughan, J. Ragguette, F. Read, H. Medway, P. Kpohomouh, J. Hoey, J. Ngalo, H. Kasimu, E. Taylor, S. Griffin. Subs: J. Jeffries, J. Masterton, S. Gwengwe, L. Waterfield, H. Cable.



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