Back Row L/R Luke Stone Pete Bullard Roger Roper Damien Rudd Steve Lawton Brian Attrill Adam Connor Ben Jones Dave Greening.
Middle Row L/R Steve Spilsbury Phil Moore Richie Woodburn Paul Young Steve Lambourne.
Front Row L/R Ross Phelps Adam Holbrook Richie Sprooles Danni Hooker Mark Funnell.
A very good performance from a Brading Town side, that is still missing several major players thro injuries.
To be fair to Totton, the game was closer than the score line suggests. But, goals win games and Brading took most of their chances.
It was also good to see referee Mr. Abu Gates officiating. Good job it was too, Abu dealt with everything in his normal way, keeping total control and the players knew it from word go. At the age of 62, he covered the whole pitch and was on top of all incidents, including controlling the antics of the “away” linesmen, who changed almost every 15 mins….and neither could work out the Offside Law!!!
Brading started brightly and opened the scoring after a couple of minutes thro Danny Vale. Totton responded and looked to play some decent football. As one would expect from a side playing in the Wyvern Premier League, where they are joint second, having lost only 1 league game.
Brading had lined up with a 3-5-2 formation, with several players having to play out of position as the injury list still bites deeply. The game was open as both sides looked to attack. Brading were rocked back some what when Elliott DAY had too leave the pitch (injury).
The midfield was a battle, Totton’s deep sitting No 6 was proving difficult for Brading to pick up and he was the mainstay of Totton’s attacks (good player)
Eventually, Burford, Ranson & Lawson, began to take hold of the midfield. With Ranson covering miles, chasing and harrying, he was backed up by both Burford and Lawson, who are both beginning to return to full fitness, following serious injuries and operations. Woodnutt and Oatley, both playing out of position,were seeing plenty of the ball and causing problems.
Totton were still in the game and equalised, some poor defending and decision making was punished. Ryan Brose, kept the scores level with a lovely save down at his near post. His only real action of the half, as the Romans back 3 stood firm. Brading had been constantly thwarted by the linesman’s flag, with many of his decisions disputed….Half time 1-1.
The main change at the start of the 2nd half was the change of away linesman, the Totton manager taking over, this didn’t last for long as his offside decisions appeared to be more bizarre than the previous lino!! After some 20 mins, he was replaced!!!!
As the half wore on the Romans were becoming the more dominant side, but were unable to find a 2nd goal, chances were there, but spurned. Thankfully, a rare goal scoring chance for Totton was again superbly saved at his post by Brose. Full Time 1-1.
An extra 30 mins and Brading were proving to be the fitter side, Ranson was covering every blade of grass and giving Totton no time on ball at all. Some good football saw the Romans take the lead thro Danny Vale, a goal he deserved for his non stop efforts. Totton were almost down and Brading took over the game completely, fitness showing thro. Dan Thomas came on for Woodhouse in the last 10..and gained some more 1st team experience.
Danny Vale, completed a very good hat trick and Caymen Collins, finished a good display with a cheeky tip past the keeper. Close to the final whistle, James Ranson shot home from 18 yards to complete a Man of the Match performance.
Totton are a decent side, but today their forwards were held in check by Attrill and Woodhouse, along with Knowles, who pushed Ranson very close for the Man of the Match award.