Stags have spring in their step

Daily Echo: Steve Riley Steve Riley

HAVING bagged a return of seven points from their last three games, Steve Riley says AFC Totton will go into action tomorrow with “a real spring in our step.”

But the Stags boss will advise against his young charges getting too carried away because the might of Cambridge City is next on the Testwood Stadium visitors’ list.

Cambridge are third in the Calor Southern Premier and are a notoriously hard nut to crack.

They have already beaten Totton 3-0 at home this season, but that was nearly six months ago when the Stags’ inexperienced, new side were still finding their feet.

They have come on in leaps and bounds since then and the recent addition of AFC Bournemouth loan duo Lewis Lindsay and Harrison Gilkes has given them a welcome double boost.

Both young Cherries were in the thick of the action during Tuesday’s 2-0 win at Bashley – winger Gilkes’s cross teeing up Nathaniel Sherborne for the opener and centre-back Lindsay making the points safe with a header from Liam Gilbert’s corner.

It was the third positive result on the bounce for Riley’s men, who drew their last home game 2-2 with St Neots before winning 4-3 at Banbury last weekend.

“It’s been a good couple of weeks,” said Riley. “But we mustn’t get too carried away because we’ve got a big test ahead.”

Even if Totton cannot close the gap on the sides above them, finishing third-to-bottom could yet be the key to salvation.

The number of clubs to be relegated has already shrunk from four to three following October’s withdrawal of debt-ridden Hinckley United. Now it appears that Corby Town’s future is in doubt due to an ongoing dispute with the borough council.

The Steelmen claim to be owed almost £200,000 as part of a deal to run local facilities near the club’s stadium and they are taking legal action.

Club chairman Kevin Ingram told local media: “We’ve had virtually no income since Christmas (because of postponed games). We’re very close to the wire.”

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