Highworth Town 1-0 AFC Totton
Life in the Southern League begins with a win
By Derek Lloyd
A strike from 10 yards in the 20th minute by the prolific Ash Edenborough was enough to beat AFC Totton at the Save On Tyres Stadium this afternoon.
The home side dominated the first half and should have taken an earlier lead when Aaron Nesbeth failed to hit the target from 8 yards out with the goal at his mercy.
Neither keeper then had any saves of note and half-time arrived at 1-0.
Controversy straight after half-time interval, however, when the referee deemed that Ash Edenborough had used an elbow when tumbling over with a defender and showed him a straight red card.
43 minutes to go with ten men, could the Worthians cope ?
The answer was yes and although most of the remaining time was played in the Highworth half the home side could actually have increased their lead with a couple of breakaways, but the final pass could not be completed on each occasion.
Frustration grew on the Totton bench with a member of their management team sent to the stands for comments allegedly made to the officials.
The last 10 minutes finally saw the visitors totally dominate, with the Worthians flagging form their heroic efforts. A succession of corners were dealt with, blocks were made and Connor Johns in the home goal produced several superb saves to enable the final whistle to be reached with his goal intact.
Cue huge celebrations from most of the 178 in attendance and Highworth had won the first ever game they had played at this level of football.
Highworth Man of the Match : Rory Sproule, superb defending throughout the game and several crucial blocks and interventions near the end.
Our best wishes go to Totton captain Jack Masterton who left for hospital in an ambulance post game with an arm/collar bone injury.
Next up a visit to Slimbridge on Wednesday with a 7.45pm kick-off.
No game next Saturday but on Bank Holiday Monday a big local derby with Cirencester Town, here at the Save On Tyres Stadium with a 3.00pm kick-off.