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AFC Totton smash Slimbridge in season finale

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Southern League Division One
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AFC Totton sauntered past Slimbridge with a comfortable 3-1 win, but they could not snatch the final play-off place after other results went against them.

Ultimately, just one point separated the Stags, who spent most of the season in a title hunt, from fifth-placed Bristol Manor Farm.

AFC Totton's player of the match Ethan Taylor terrorised Slimbridge (photo: Craig Hobbs Photography)
AFC Totton's player of the match Ethan Taylor terrorised Slimbridge (photo: Craig Hobbs Photography)

The Swans momentarily threatened to battle back when making it 2-1, but the Stags never appeared worried, and goals from Brett Williams, Jordan Ragguette and Ethan Taylor proved enough.

Amad Skrzyniarz kept his place in goal, while Harry Medway returned from suspension to join Ade Olumuyiwa and Pascal Kpohomouh in a back three, with Portsmouth FC loanee Issiaga Kaba making his first start.

After a tentative opening, 34-year-old striker Williams was in the right place at the right time, tucking away into an empty net after the unselfish Taylor showed impressive perseverance and drive.

The Stags went two up three minutes later with a well-constructed move. Wing-back Ragguette drove down the wing before showing delightful trickery to escape his marker and play a one-two with Lewis Waterfield before smashing a low left-footed drive into the far corner of the net.

With the Stags seemingly in total control, Ben Hands' in-swinging cross over the area found the unmarked Edjidja Mbunga, who nodded into the net with ease.

However, the visitors remained unperturbed, and some delightful interplay preceded Totton's Ethan Taylor rounding Swans keeper Lewis Adams before slotting home to seal the result.

AFC Totton: A. Skrzyniarz, P. Kpohomouh, J. Ragguette, A. Tomasso, A. Olumuyiwa, H. Medway, I. Kaba, L. Waterfield, B. Williams, E. Taylor, J. Adams. Subs: S. Gwengwe, J. Hoey, N. Hurst, F. Read, C. Baughan.

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