Ritchie turns up heat on Oxford

10:08pm Sunday 6th May 2012

By Simon Walter

AFC Totton manager Stuart Ritchie believes all the pressure will be on Oxford City in tomorrow's (Monday's) Evo-Stik Southern Premier play-off final.

The Stags will meet Oxford for the right to play in Blue Square Bet South following their dramatic 3-2 win over Chesham at the Testwood Stadium on Thursday night.

Totton beat an Oxford side includ¬ ing former Saints striker Steve Basham 6-1 last September before drawing 2-2 there in December.

But they finished three points behind them in third, and Ritchie insisted: “The pressure is on Oxford.

It’s a little bit surreal to be in the play-off final in our first season in this division. If you ask the support¬ ers they’d have probably settled for mid-table at the start.”

Ritchie will be leaving Totton after eight years in charge at the end of the season, which concludes with the Hampshire FA Senior Cup final against Eastleigh at St Mary’s on May 16.

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