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Sholing face Boro test
6:21pm Saturday 28th April 2012 in Local Football
Having taken a 16th-minute lead with an excellent Lewis Fennemore strike, the Boatmen were pegged back from the penalty spot after the break and were lucky not have centre-back Lee Bright sent off for pulling down his opponent as last man.
Sholing still ended up with ten men, however, when Marc Diaper was controversially sent off for violent conduct – a decision the club are considering appealing against.
Third-placed Gosport Borough rounded off their season by edging Bishops Cleeve 2-1 at Privett Park – Justin Bennett and Adam Wilde (penalty) on target.
Poole Town made sure of second spot with a 3-1 home win over champions Bideford courtesy of Dan Cann, Carl Preston and an own goal.
Tom Killick’s men will entertain fifth-placed Hungerford in the play-offs on Tuesday – the Berkshire side having been thumped 6-3 at home by North Leigh.
AFC Totton must wait until Tuesday to find out their Evo-Stik Premier Division play-off fate.
But after this afternoon’s final league game at home to Bedford Town was rained off, the Stags now know they need just one point to make certain of a top-five place.
Although today’s postponement has pushed them out of the play-off zone with 71 points, they boast a significantly better goal difference than fifth-placed Stourbridge, who have 72 after being held 1-1 at Frome. And, with third-placed Chesham losing, a win in Tuesday’s rearranged Bedford game could even lift Totton to third, securing home advantage in Thursday’s play-off semi-final.