Controversial goal sinks Mursley

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Totternhoe 3

Mursley United 2

Mursley went down to a Totternhoe side who moved to within three points of the leaders in Molten South Midlands Division Two.

A crisp December day found Mursley struggling to get going and their opponents were sharper all around the pitch.

The hosts took a deserved lead after 15 minutes when Golding was put away and slotted home past the advancing McKecknie.

Mursley continued to find it difficult to get into the game, but equalised before half-time when good work by James Griffiths and Sam Folland released Ricky Foster, who resisted the attentions of his full-back and placed the ball into the corner of the net.

Totternhoe pressed for the remainder of the half and some last-gasp defending by Mursley kept the scores level.

With just under an hour gone, a corner from the right found Lauder unchallenged at the near post, heading firmly home.

At this point, Mursley started to retain possession, but struggled to create chances. They were, however, handed a lifeline with quarter-of-an-hour remaining when a stray back pass found Ed Mills in space and he advanced to slide the ball home past the advancing Linney in the Totternhoe goal. With seven minutes to go, it was the home side who secured all three points, but the goal wasn’t without some controversy.

As Folland challenged for a ball in midfield, he appeared to be pulled back before the ball was laid to Totternhoe skipper Bishop.

From 30 yards, he hit a speculative shot, which bobbled in front of the visitors’ keeper Jordan McKecknie and somehow squeezed between him and the post to nestle in the back of the net.

This prompted protests from the Mursley players and play was held up for several minutes while the referee sorted this incident out.

The result was that Mills received his marching orders for dissent and will now miss games up until after Christmas.

There were no further chances before the final whistle sounded and Totternhoe crept closer to their nearest rivals in the league table. Mursley entertain MK Wanderers this Saturday in the league.