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AFC Totton Secure Title Success

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AFC Totton secured the Zamaretto League Division One South & West title with a 1-0 victory at Privett Park against…

….Gosport Borough on Easter Monday.

Totton had fluffed the chance to secure promotion in front of their own supporters when they lost 2-1 to Mangotsfield United on Saturday.

However, Jonathan Davies’ 28th minute goal secured the silverware and ended the title hopes of neighbours Sholing.

The Boatmen duly won their final game of the season, Mike Carter’s 26th minute strike and second half goals from Ryan Ashford and Nick Watts cancelling out Lee Chudy’s first minute opener for hosts Wimborne Town.

The final play-off place was between Thatcham Town and North Leigh, who needed to win at Bishops Cleeve and hope Thatcham lost at basement side Andover.

Neither happened in the end – with Julian Alsop ruining North Leigh`s day in his final match before hanging up his boots with an 80th minute equaliser to force a 3-3 draw, while Thatcham saw off the Lions 2-0 at the Portway Stadium with goals from Charlie Mpi just after half-time and Matthew Pedder 12 minutes before the end.

That means the play-off semi-final line-up sees Sholing host Thatcham and Mangotsfield United entertain Frome Town, who will start slightly more confident after winning 1-0 at home to Paulton Rovers, thanks to an 8th minute Tom Lewis effort, while Mangotsfield went down to Yate Town at Cossham Street by the same scoreline – Russ Church`s 72nd minute effort proving decisive.

Elsewhere, the biggest crowd of the day – 419 – saw James Blake snatch an injury-time equaliser for ten-man Taunton Town who drew 1-1 at Wordsworth Drive against Bridgwater Town.

Blake headed home on the far post in the dying seconds after second half substitute Rodney Marsh had lobbed advancing goalkeeper Stuart Wood.

Taunton played out 85 minutes of the game with only ten-men after goalkeeper Chris Astley was sent-off for bringing down Alexis Piper.

Piper, who quit Taunton to join Bridgwater two months ago, got up to put his side ahead from the penalty spot.

Yashwa Romeo bagged a brace for Abingdon United against one of his former sides, Hungerford Town, to earn a 2-2 draw, and that was also the outcome at the Hand Stadium between Clevedon Town and Bideford, thanks to a Chas Hemmings leveller for the hosts 3 minutes into injury-time.

And Almondsbury Town said goodbye with a 2-0 home win over Cinderford Town, courtesy of Todd Winter and Ross Stearn.


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