Stags finally break their losing run

ELATED AFC Totton ended their eight-match losing streak by completing a season’s double over Chippenham Town in the Calor Southern Premier Division last night.

Having won 2-1 at Hardenhuish Park in August, the Stags went one better with a richly deserved 3-1 victory in front of a 247 Testwood Stadium crowd.

“I’m chuffed to bits,” smiled manager Steve Riley. “It’s great for everyone concerned.

“We didn’t panic and we were organised.

“I know we’ve got it in us to score goals and, when everyone does their job, we’re capable of nights like this.

“It was great to get the three points for the crowd.

“Everyone needed a lift, me included, and it felt nice to get a pat on the back for a job well done.”

Chippenham played all the football in the first ten minutes, prompting Riley to switch from a 4-4-2 to a 4-5-1 with three in the middle of the park.

The Stags went in front against the run of play when, from Liam Hibberd’s cross, Alex Moth fired in off the post.

Chippenham’s young Swindon Town loanee Alex Ferguson ensured his side went in 1-1 at half-time but, after a floodlight failure had delayed proceedings, it was Totton who shone in the second half.

Substitute Sam House scored within a couple of minutes of going on, heading a home a corner at the near post.

The Stags stayed solid defensively and Luke Roberts crowned victory in the 83rd minute with another header from a corner.

The result pulls Totton five points clear of basement club Bashley and six points off fourth-to-bottom safety.

“We know we’ve still got a tough task ahead, but nights like this you’ve got to cherish and enjoy,” beamed Riley.

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