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AFC Totton v St Albans City

Saturday, February 4 – KO 3pm

Testwood Stadium, Salisbury Road, Totton, Southampton, SO40 2RW

Tel: 023 8086 8981

Manager: Stuart Ritchie

Last season: 1st (Southern League Division One South & West)

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Top scorer this year: Michael Gosney (14)

SHOULD the plunging temperatures relent, St Albans City will head to AFC Totton this Saturday looking to build on their 4-3 victory at Redditch United on Tuesday.

Season so far

IT has been an outstanding first season in the Southern Premier Division for Stuart Ritchie’s AFC Totton.

Promoted as Champions from the Division One South & West last term, the Stags have wasted no time in finding their feet in the Premier Division with the Hampshire currently in second, two points behind league leaders Brackley Town.

An opening day victory at Arlesey Town set Totton off on the right track and victories in their next three league games ensured they were right in the mix at the top from the off.

After a mini stumble in October, when Ritchie’s side went three games without a win, the Stags have won seven of the next 12 games, losing three and drawing two.

Goals from Michael Charles and Jonathan Davies handed Totton a 2-1 win over Banbury the last time they ran out at the Testwood Stadium while their last match saw them beat struggling Cirencester Town 2-1 thanks to Stefan Brown’s late winner.

Team vs Cirencester: Thomas; Hall, Baddeley, Bottomley, Whisken, Campbell, Pettefer �, Davies, Jack, Brown, Gosney.

We’ve Met Before –St Albans City 3 AFC Totton 4 (September 13, 2011)

Totton became the first away team to win a league game at Clarence Park when they beat St Albans City by the odd goal in seven last September.

Tobi Jinadu gave St Albans a third minute lead but goals from Nathaniel Sherbourne and Matthew Oldring turned the tie in the visitors favour. The Stags’ position was strengthened when City right-back Jack Pattison was sent off for handling on the line and Michael Gosney dispatched the resulting spot kick without any dramas.

City threatened a comeback when centre-half pounced on some sloppy defending from the visitors to net his second goal of the game but the Saints were guilty of some sub-standard defending of their own that allowed Michael Charles to net the decisive goal before Sakho Bakare hit a late third for City.

The Herts Advertiser report: http://www.hertsad.co.uk/sport/football/poor_defending_costs_city_against_totton_1_1021792

Team news

Sean Shields got 45 minutes in the Saints’ Herts Charity Cup defeat at Leverstock Green but a return to the starting XI is unlikely.

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