SSML Division Two: Unite MK 1 Totternhoe 4
Totternhoe moved four points clear at the top of the table with their eighth league win in a row, a 4-1 victory at Unite MK on Saturday.
It was the hosts who had started the game well and took a deserved lead on 11 minutes when Stephane Zady placed his free kick from the edge of the box into the top corner.
Unite MK went on to dominate the first half, but it was the Totts who would equalise against the run of play on 26 minutes when Joel McCormick’s cross was flicked in at the near post by Dan Lambeth.
The Totts then fortunately stole the lead moments before half time when a dangerous McCormick free kick was met by Lambeth whose header crashed against the bar, Wayne O’Connor nodding the rebound into the net.
After the break, Totts came out and performed like a side leading the division, as Lambeth scored his 43rd goal of the season on 59 minutes when he raced on to a McCormick through ball to calmly slot the ball home.
Andy Cleere continued his good run of form since signing for the club on 66 minutes when he sped away to collect Chris Doggett’s pass and coolly dinked his effort over the keeper to make it 4-1.
With Thame Rangers not in league action and beaten 3-2 at home by Tring Corinthians in the week, the result saw Totternhoe move four points ahead of their closest rivals having played three games more.
Boss Chris Robson said: “It was a case of job done. In a game which was played on a terrible pitch in windy conditions we really struggled to adapt to it.
“We tried to play a bit direct in the first half and we were terrible, probably the worst we have been all season and I must take the blame for that as the style of play did not suit us one bit.
“Unite MK really rattled us and I still have no idea how we came in at half time leading.
“We changed our style in the second half to something we are more familiar with and with the wind in our favour we improved massively and went on to cruise the game and score a further two goals.
“After the game I was relieved and so pleased with the players.
“We spoke afterwards and mentioned it is a good sign if we can play so poorly and still come away with a convincing win.
“With rivals dropping points around us, we now know we have 12 cup finals to play.
“We need to do all we can to keep winning games and if we can do that who knows where it would lead us.”
Totts travel to fourth-placed St Neots Reserves on Saturday.#
Totts: Bromhall, J Rimmer, O’Connor, Horgan (Potter), Doggett (H Rimmer), Murchie, McCormick, Murray, Golding, Cleere, Lambeth (Loasby).