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Stags undone by late goal
AFC TOTTON suffered last-gasp 3-2 heartbreak at home to Truro City.
A crowd of over 350 converged on the Testwood Stadium hoping the young Stags could make it three Southern Premier wins in a row following successes over Bashley and Chippenham.
They certainly got their money’s worth with a see-saw game that swung 2-0 in Truro’s favour before Totton pulled themselves back on terms after the break.
But just when it looked as if Steve Riley’s men had earned themselves a point, they were cruelly beaten by Matt Andrew’s 89th-minute winner for the Cornishmen.
Totton had been second best in the first half and were punished with two quick goals by Jared Sims and Les Afful in the 29th and 32nd minutes.
Riley, pictured below, sent on Ryan Hill, just back from holiday, after the break and the experienced right-back rattled the crossbar with one of his trademark free-kicks.
The Stags kept plugging away and got their reward on 63 minutes. Following good build-up play, Liam Hibberd threaded the ball through for Luke Roberts to apply a left-foot finish.
Seven minutes later it was level pegging thanks to another inspired Hill free-kick, but Totton were denied at the death.
“I felt gutted for the lads,” said Riley. “We weren’t at the races in the first half, but the effort they put into the second half was fantastic.
“At 2-2 I thought we’d go on and win it, but Truro’s third was a killer blow. They had a bit of luck when the ball deflected into the path of their centre-forward, but it was a great finish.
“It was only really a point lost when all’s said and done, but it was manner in which it happened.
“We had a great crowd of 355 here tonight and I wish we could have got a point for them. The lads were gutted at the end but I told them to lift their heads up. They should be proud.”
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