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Highworth Town
AFC Totton
A Edenborough (20', 50' Sent Off)
Full time
Sat 18 Aug 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Division One South Attendance 178

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.

Key moments

Goal Ashley Edenborough scores for Highworth Town
Red Card Ashley Edenborough is sent off for Highworth Town


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90:00 Yellow Card
Callum McGhee-Parsons is yellow carded for Highworth Town
87:00 Sub On
Jason Milhench is substituted on for Highworth Town
87:00 Sub Off
Jordan Roberts is substituted off for Highworth Town
50:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Ashley Edenborough is sent off for Highworth Town
47:00 Yellow Card
Rory Sproule is yellow carded for Highworth Town
End of period 1
20:00 Goal 1 - 0
Ashley Edenborough scores for Highworth Town
8:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Roberts is yellow carded for Highworth Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Highworth Town
  • AFC Totton
  • 0
  • Jordan Roberts Yellow Card 8:00'
  • Ashley Edenborough Goal 20:00'
  • Rory Sproule Yellow Card 47:00'
  • Ashley Edenborough Red Card 50:00'
  • Jason Milhench Sub On 87:00'
  • Jordan Roberts Sub Off 87:00'
  • Callum McGhee-Parsons Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Johns, Connor Johns, Connor
Wood, Sean Wood, Sean
Sproule, Rory Sproule, Rory
Jefferies, Darren Jefferies, Darren
Turk, Wayne Turk, Wayne
Morgan, Ryan Morgan, Ryan
Nesbeth, Aaron Nesbeth, Aaron
Roberts, Jordan Roberts, Jordan
McGhee-Parsons, Callum McGhee-Parsons, Callum
Edenborough, Ashley Edenborough, Ashley
Taylor, Chris Taylor, Chris

League round up

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Bristol Manor Farm
Cirencester Town
Winchester City
Evesham United
Barnstaple Town
Fleet Town


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
12. Melksham Town 38 56
13. Larkhall Athletic 38 55
14. Highworth Town 38 48
15. Bristol Manor Farm 38 46
16. Mangotsfield United 38 37
17. Paulton Rovers 38 33
18. Slimbridge 38 30

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