AFC Totton vs Winchester City – spoils shared in fiery Hampshire derby
Pitching In Southern League Division One South
AFC Totton 2
Winchester City FC 2
TABLE-toppers AFC Totton and Winchester City played out a tempestuous two-all draw last night (Tuesday) as the hosts' unbeaten league record stretched to seven at the Snows Stadium in front of 375 fans.
Both sides came into the match in good form, with the hosts putting eight goals past Cinderford, and Winchester beating Barnstaple 7-1. However, the Stags started slowly, and Winchester capitalised with an excellently struck free-kick from Ollie Balmer inside the first minute.
After the goal, AFC Totton woke from their malaise and put together a decent spell of pressure. The added impetus resulted in Hisham Kasimu drawing his side level in the 24th minute after lashing home Ethan Taylor's low cross.
Both sides had chances to add a second goal, with former AFC Totton striker Craig Feeney shooting Winchester's best effort narrowly wide.
City started brightest in the second half. However, the Stags took the lead against the run of play when Kasimu scored his second with finesse into the corner.
Feeney forced a decent save out of Lewis Noice, but the hosts' lead lasted only 12 minutes when Simba Mlambo nodded in an unchallenged header off a Jamie Barron delivery.
There were several bookings in a highly competitive local derby. Finally, the match reached boiling point when Stephane Zubar received a second caution, reducing Totton to 10 men. Despite the numerical disadvantage, the Stags held on to continue their unbeaten start.