Totton set for a tough test

Daily Echo: AFC Totton face former striker Richard Gillespie tonight. AFC Totton face former striker Richard Gillespie tonight.

AFC Totton are hoping to build on their impressive recent win when they take on an in-form Poole Town side that could include up to FIVE former Stags.

Steve Riley’s side take on a Poole Town team likely to feature several Totton old boys, with Michael Charles, Jamie Whisken, Jon Davies, Richard Gillespie and Carl Pettefer all now playing for the Dorset club.

It will be Totton’s first game since beating Chippenham 3-1 win last week, but Riley knows it will not be easy against fourth-placed Poole, who are unbeaten in seven matches.

Riley said: “We’ve performed well in our last two games and need to find some consistency but this is going to be a really tough game.

“Poole have the biggest pitch in the league and they know how to play on it, they’ve got a lot of experience and quality in the side, which we know all about.

“But if we are as organised as we were against Redditch and Chippenham we should make a game of it.”

Totton’s win against Chippenham was their first victory in 17 matches, ending a run of eight successive defeats, but the Stags have just had a weekend off due to the FA Trophy.

“The result against Chippenham has given everyone a lift and now we want to get some more points on the board for the fans, who have been so supportive,” said Riley.

Meanwhile, Riley has been linked with the vacant manager’s position at Weymouth following the recent sacking of Brendon King.

“That’s the first I’ve heard of it, I’ve had no contact and I’ve got a job to at Totton,” he said. “There’ll be a lot of people going for that job.”

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