Wood Superb Result at Totton
AFC Totton 1 Shortwood 2
A combination of illness and unavailability led to Shortwood travelling to play off hopefuls Totton with the bare eleven players and those eleven players were heroes all. “Every single one of them worked their socks off and they thoroughly deserved this terrific result. They were out on their feet by the end of the game but determined not to give an inch but this was by no means a lucky result. We played to a plan, let Totton have possession in areas where they could not harm and restricted them in space where it mattered” These were a delighted Paul Meredith’s comments a Shortwood pulled off one of their best results of the season. It was a difficult task to choose a star player over the others, given their performances, but in the end Sam Taylor just shaded for the award.
Kibble tested keeper Murphy with a couple of early free kicks and also fired a shot well wide as Wood made a bright start but had a let off when Feeney chipped straight into Pickering’s hands when through. Totton took the lead after 22 minutes when Jack Smith rose at the far post to head home a corner. Young fired wide of the far post but generally Wood restricted them to long range efforts. When Wood did get forward they looked dangerous and twice Humphreys and then Hawes fizzed low crosses across which their colleagues just could not get the touch to knock home.
Totton started the second half brightly and Yong fired over but Wood were beginning to find more space as Totton became more careless. After 53 minutes Totton gave the ball away easily and Hawes found Nick Humphreys whose instant shot flew low into the net. Totton were shocked and just 7 minutes later Sam Taylor broke up an attack and his pass found Jack Freeman. Freeman advanced and hit a fine shot from 20 yards into the bottom corner. His fellow players engulfed him immediately.
Buoyed by this success Shortwood redoubled their efforts to keep Totton away and although they pushed forward Wood were not prepared to give an inch. At the final whistle it was gratifying that the Totton crowd were appreciative of the supreme effort the Wood had put in as they were warmly applauded from the field.
Team: Pickering, Ryan Meredith, Prictor, Lander, Ryan Thwaite, Taylor, Kibble, Freeman, Lomotey, Humphreys, Hawes