Non-League round-up: AFC Totton beaten 2-0 at Salisbury

AFC TOTTON succumbed to a 2-0 Boxing Day defeat at Salisbury in the Southern One South & West.

Louis Langdown’s side gave a decent account of themselves in front of a 943 crowd at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.

But it was Steve Claridge’s play-off chasing Whites who came good to complete a season’s double over the Stags and notch their fifth straight league win.

Both goals arrived in the second half with Lewis Benson breaking the deadlock on 49 minutes.

Justin Bennett– a one-time Totton loanee – nicked a breakaway second, beating ex-Salisbury loan keeper Charlie Searle one-on-one.

*GOSPORT Borough – beaten 2-0 at home by Poole Town in the Vanarama National League South – have been issued with a fresh winding-up petition by HM Revenue & Customs.

The club insist, however, that the bill has already been settled in full with HMRC and that their playing staff have been paid.

Rumours abound, meanwhile, that a takeover of Gosport Borough by a so-far unnamed Southampton businessman is imminent.

The club now lie 15th in the table after falling foul of goals by Steve Devlin and Richard Gillespie for seventh-placed Poole.

*Cowes Sports heaved themselves off the foot of the Sydenhams Premier Division by beating Isle of Wight neighbours Newport 1-0 in front of a 359 Westwood Park crowd.

The Yachtsmen got the job done early with Dexter Malin netting the Boxing Day decider with just four minutes gone.

As tempers flared between the Island rivals, Newport’s Aiden Sainsbury saw red late in the game.

Cowes’ victory plonked Verwood Town back to the foot of the table. The Potters visit Team Solent tomorrow (Tuesday, 3pm).

Tomorrow’s scheduled game between league leaders Moneyfields and Horndean has been postponed due to a sickness and injury in the Deans’ camp.

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