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AFC Totton 2 Winchester City 2

on Tue 14 Sep

Winchester and AFC Totton fought out an exciting 2-2 draw in a keenly contested local derby, which was certainly a very reasonable result for Winchester against a team that went into the match top of the table with 5 wins and 1 draw from 6 league games and they had scored 18 goals in those games. They have assembled a strong squad and were able to leave both Brett Williams and Callum Baughan on the bench Former Winchester striker Williams has played in the football league and scored two goals for them on Saturday, while Baughan was released by Eastleigh at the end of the last season having been part of their Natkional Leage squad.

Both AFC Totton and Winchester City went into this match having enjoyed convincing wins over the weekend with AFC Totton putting eight goals past Cinderford, as well as Winchester recording a 7-1 home win against Barnsraple.

There are a lot of connections between the clubs with several personnel having served both clubs and Craig Feeney has just joined Winchester from AFC Totton. Winchester announced two changes to the starting line-up from Saturday with Simba Mlambo coming in for Oli Bailey who dropped to the bench, and Ryan Pryce replacing Harry Birchnall in goal.

Winchester however made a dream start with Ollie Balmer scoring with an excellently struck free kick in the 1st minute. After the goal AFC Totton had a spell of pressure, although Winchester had another free kick in a dangerous position, but could not produce the magic on this occasion. The home team drew level in the 24th minute when Hisham Kasimu who had replaced Williams in the starting line-up scored from close range.

In the remainder of the first half AFC Totton's Sam Griffin has an effort from outside the area pushed round the post for a corner, while Kasimu has a shot blocked, while at the other end Craig Feeney shoots narrowly wide. However it was all square at the interval.

At half time former AFC Totton player Alex Haynes replaced Max Smith, but Winchester soon fell behind in the second half when Kasimu scored his second of the game.

Craig Feeney has an effort saved by Lewis Noice, but Winchester draw level on the hour when Simba Mlambo heads home a cross from Jamie Barron. After the goal both teams have chances to score, although AFC Totton probably have more of the game at this stage, although Winchester are playing with great resolution. IN the latter stages of the match Winchester bring on Adam Grange for Simba Mlambo and Dan Bradshaw comes on for Ollie Griggs.

In a competitive local derby there were several bookings, and in the closing stages AFC Totton's Stephane Zubar received a second yellow card, but in the end a keenly contested local derby ended all square.

AFC Totton are managed by Glenn Howes who is a former playing colleague of Craig Davis and has previously managed the Blackfield and Langley team who won this division.






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