Shane Murphy turned his back on Southern Premier football to join AFC Totton’s quest for success in the Evo-Stik South West – and he doesn’t regret it for one minute.

After three years with Dorchester Town, the former AFC Bournemouth scholar loves being part of the growing feel-good factor at The Total Branding Community Stadium.

For 45 minutes last Saturday, the 24-year-old Poole-based stopper became a virtual one-man dam, holding back a flood of Cirencester Town pressure before Totton eventually prevailed 2-1. It was their sixth consecutive league game unbeaten with only four goals conceded en route.

Murphy will be hoping for a quieter time of it on Saturday but, with a tricky trip to second-placed Bristol Manor Farm ahead of them, Totton will need to be back to their very best to pull off a result.

Discussing his decision to quit Dorchester for Totton in May, Murphy – who learned his trade under ex-Saint Neil Moss at Bournemouth – said: “I didn’t have the best relationship with the last Dorchester manager and when Totton spoke to me in pre-season I liked what Louis Langdown (manager), Adam Wilde (assistant) and Jamie Cotton (goalkeeper coach) had to say.

“They’re all keen to get Totton into the play-offs and go up and it interested me to be part of a side that are actually pushing for something.

“The lads here are great and it’s so nice to have a management team that really believe in you and play football the right way. It’s good to know they’ve got that belief in me and to feel wanted.

“Last week was the first time I’ve had to make a lot of saves, in the other games the boys have been brilliant.”

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