AFC Totton maintained their place at the top of Southern League Division One South after a 3-2 success over new homeowners Basingstoke Town at Winklebury.

Craig Feeney, Freddie Read and Sam Griffin were on target for Glenn Howes’ side as they made it five wins out of seven to begin their league campaign, writes Jack Clarkson.

The opening 15 minutes of the contest were close, with both sides having their fair share of chances.

Basingstoke had a good chance in the fifth minute, but a header was cleared off the line to deny them taking an early lead.

The hosts then had a goal ruled out for offside just before 20 minutes.

Totton then took the lead on 26 minutes when brilliant play by Griffin ended in a cross to the far post for

Feeney to place it home.

Just before half-time, another cross by Griffin took a deflection and the ball fell perfectly for Read to smash into the top-left corner from outside the box to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

The second half started quietly and it was not until 70 minutes before Basingstoke found a response when Brad Wilson’s cross was deflected in to make it 2-1.

Shortly after however, Totton restored their two-goal advantage.

Former Poole Town man Griffin got the ball and picked his spot from a tight angle to put it into the net.

Basingstoke rallied once more with a goal from Ben Cook with the final kick of the game.

But Totton held on to hold a one-point advantage at the top of the pile ahead of Cirencester Town, who have played a game less.

Defeat left Basingstoke in fourth spot, with 13 points from six league outings.

The Stags make the trip to Thatcham Town in the League on Saturday.