Two Games In One Day!
Next time you hear a Premier League manager or player complain about having two games in three days, point them in the direction of this article!
Callum Davies drew on all his powers of recovery to make his debut for Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division high-flyers AFC Totton – just minutes after he had finished playing in the Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) for New Milton.
The 19-year-old defender had an eventful Easter Monday when he lined up for both clubs during an energy-sapping five hours in the New Forest.
Firstly, Davies was on duty for New Milton in their noon kick-off against Moneyfields at Fawcett’s Field, the teenager playing the full 90 minutes in Linnets’ 2-1 defeat. Davies, who is dual registered with New Milton, then raced off to Bashley’s Recreation Ground where he was due to be on the bench for AFC Totton.
However, after team-mate Charlie Knight had been injured during the warm-up, Totton boss Stuart Ritchie turned to Davies just minutes before the 3pm start.
Substituted midway through the second half, Davies – clutching a deserved protein drink – looked on from the bench as Totton staged a remarkable comeback from 4-1 down to draw 4-4.
Davies, who is training to be a sports coach, told the Bournemouth Echo: “I was knackered afterwards but the adrenalin got me through. I felt fine during the game at Bashley and my legs only started to go once I had come off.
“Fortunately, Bashley’s ground isn’t far from New Milton so I had a quick shower and got changed before I arrived. I let the manager know how long I had played at New Milton and was named on the bench. I got called up to start after Charlie had been injured in the warm-up.
“I was excited and just tried to focus on the game. I was determined to try my hardest and to not let anybody down. It was a big opportunity for me and I needed to show I can fit in at that level. I felt I put in a solid performance and really enjoyed it.”
It’s great to see such commitment from a player, and just goes to show that non-league footballers play the game for the love of the game, and for the shirt. All credit to Callum Davies, I hope he gets his reward at the end of the season in the form of promotion with AFC Totton.