Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Totton & Eling v Ringwood Town 12/02/19

Totton & Eling 2 Ringwood Town 1

TOTTON & ELING hit the bottom of the Wessex Division 1 table following Saturday’s results so it was important to gain a victory over an in-form Ringwood side who’d won seven of their previous eight matches.

The significant action in this match came at either end of each half. The goals all came towards the end of the first half and the Millers survived an onslaught on their goal in the latter stages to ensure they’d banked the three vital points.

The teams struggled to make any impact on their opponents goal in the early stages of the game with Town’s Joe Manley forcing a parry from home keeper Jamie Bruce. The game came to life on the half-hour mark when Ben Harris stung the hands of the diving Bruce and it came dangerously out to Manley who stuck it home from close range and through the recovering keeper. Harris had two further chances for Town soon after, forcing Bruce to hold high and he then clipped the crossbar from 20-yards.

Totton’s Sam Vidler, having been released by an excellent Dylan Gain pass, timed his run well to get behind the Town defence and he made it before Cam Plain, the onrushing Town keeper. A collision ensued which left referee Krasi Petrov no option but to show the red card to Plain. Both sides had named a substitute goalkeeper and Harrison Clarke was sacrificed for Town to enable James Harpin to take Plain’s place in the net. He was immediately in action with a diving save from the resulting Jamie Blackburn free-kick.

T&E levelled five minutes before the break when Sam Vidler cleverly picked the pocket of a visiting defender on the right-hand side and struck low past Harpin, the ball going in via a kiss off the far post. The home side edged ahead when Rory Wood was found by a good Joe Steel pass and swept past the keeper and belied a tight angle with a neat placement. HT: 2-1.

Ringwood tried hard to retrieve the situation with Harris having two chances but was off the mark whilst Harry Burns and Blackburn drove just over for the Millers.

Now, into a frantic ‘Ringwood filled’ final ten minutes as they made a concerted effort to equalise. A poor ball across the home defence put T&E in trouble but Graham Mills got in a fine interception from a Harris shot and from the corner Dan Head made a superb double block on the line to deny a Dean Reynolds header and Harris’ follow up effort. A further Reynolds header came off a team mate close in and went out and yet again Harris was further denied, Bruce getting a vital touch to deflect his shot past the far post and a further deflection again keeping his next effort out. From that corner a George Smart header went over as, by the skin of their teeth, T&E held on. FT: 2-1.

The Millers battled well but there was probably little doubt that Ringwood would have taken at least a point with a full complement of players for the entire game. (Gary Day)