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Ex-Saint Puckett, 52, rolls back the years
6:00am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Football
EX-SAINTS striker Dave Puckett again rolled back the years as Totton & Eling got their first Sydenhams Premier Division win on the board with a 2-0 home success over Bournemouth Poppies.
For the second time in five days, the 52-year-old player/coach featured in the Millers’ starting line-up alongside co-manager Stuart Hussey.
And once again the pair inspired their team to victory over Poppies, having also triumphed 2-0 at Victoria Park in the Hampshire FA Senior Cup last Tuesday.
Hussey laughed: “The Poppies’ captain, who knows Dave, said to his players ‘come on lads, we’re not going to let a 52-year-old dictate the game again!’ “But even though Bournemouth made about five changes from the side we played last Tuesday, we still managed to beat them.
“It could have been more but their goalkeeper (Sean Lillington) has made the best save I’ve ever seen in live football from Dave’s diving header.
“Dave was inside the six-yard box about a foot off the ground and he headed it at pace and the keeper’s somehow flicked over the bar. Dave was devastated. He thought he’d got his first goal of the season.”
Both Puckett and Hussey were involved in the build-up to Totton’s opener just before half-time. Their interplay set up Murray Holmes who crossed for Rich Bridle to chip the ’keeper.
Totton made sure of the points around ten minutes from time when Luke Ansell headed in Mark Lloyd’s cross.
The Millers tonight host Newport IoW, who climbed to second with a 3-2 win at Folland Sports on Saturday, but it’s unlikely either Puckett or Hussey will feature.
“It’s a different sort of game tonight and I’ll give it a rest,” said Hussey, whose promising career was cut short by injury.
“If I played, it would be three games in seven days having not played for four or five years!
“But I felt good out there on Saturday even though I played with a calf strain and, as long as the lads want me to, I will get my boots out more often.”
Ben’yela Ngwa (hamstring), Shaun Hughes (knee), Joey Herbert (holiday) and Steve Marwood (ankle ligaments) are all missing tonight along with Lee Thorne, who is expected to resume training this week.
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