FA Trophy round-two football: Giant-killing AFC Totton stun Havant & Waterlooville
FA Trophy round-two
AFC Totton FC 2
Havant & Waterlooville FC 1
JIMMY Ball’s AFC Totton side upset the odds, running out winners against National League South side Havant & Waterlooville at the Snows Stadium.
Despite playing a side in the league above, the Stags were superior for large portions of the game, with Jordan Chiedozie and Joe Turner sealing a famous victory.
The Stags drew first blood, punishing the visitors’ slow start, when Chiedozie ran on to a perfect through ball from Charlie Kennedy, hammering past the helpless Hawks veteran Ross Worner.
The National League South side levelled in the 24th minute when Ryan Seager – who made one appearance for Southampton FC – calmly found the bottom corner following a save by Lewis Noice.
After the equaliser, Havant & Waterlooville grew into the game, having their most dominant spell.
With 39 minutes played, the visitors won a free-kick on the edge of the box, and Jack Webb came within a whisker of putting his side one up when his 25-yard effort struck the crossbar.
Stags manager Ball spotted something he did not like, and his decision to bring on midfield workhorse Adam Tomasso for former Arnewood pupil Chiedozie gave the hosts control of the game, with the Hawks unable to get out their half.
Just after the hour mark, the visitors were lucky to have 11 players still on the pitch after Yoan Zouma’s sliding tackle missed the ball but dangerously caught the top of Scott Rendell’s ankle.
Minutes later, Maltese international Sam Magri was the next player in the book, taking one for the team with a tactical foul that stopped a dangerous-looking Havant & Waterlooville counter.
A couple of minutes later, dangerman Turner reacted quickest, pouncing on a loose ball to calmly stab past the despairing Warner in goal, restoring the Stags’ lead.
From then on, the hosts took control of the game, creating numerous chances through Rendell and Turner, and although no further efforts found the back of the net, Totton had done enough to make the next round.
The Stags turn their attention to league action against Beaconsfield Town as they eagerly await the FA Trophy third-round draw.
AFC Totton: L. Noice, B. Read, J. Ragguette, C. Kennedy, L. Hallett, J. Oastler, S. Rendell, J. Chiedozie, S. Magri, L. Maloney, J. Turner. Subs: N. Trojanowski, A. Tomasso, E. Taylor, L. Bennett, A. Stanley, E. Kaja, L. Roberts.