AFC Totton loanee Alfy Whittingham will return to his adopted club as a county champion for Saturday’s big Evo-Stik South West visit of Wimborne Town.

The Havant & Waterlooville youngster – son of ex-Pompey marksman Guy – played the first half at St Mary’s on Wednesday as the Hawks overcame Blackfield & Langley 3-0 in the Hampshire FA Senior Cup final. Having been booked for one over-zealous tackle, he committed another just before half-time and was replaced by Wes Fogden for the second half having received a final warning from the ref.

But playing 45 minutes at a Premier League ground was all part of the learning curve for the gritty 19-year-old who has benefited from splitting his time between an experienced National League South outfit and the youthful exuberance of Totton.

“I learn a lot from Matt Tubbs, James Hayter, Brian Stock and some of the older lads at Havant, whereas at Totton I’m one of five young players who start every week. The mix of both is what’s helping me develop as a player,” he said.

“I went on for 40 minutes for Totton on Tuesday (a 1-0 win at Yate) because the gaffer was looking for some more energy.”

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