Winchester City 1-1 Paulton Rovers
Not going to write too much, equally got to take the rough with the smooth as a manager and I wouldn’t ever hide after a disappointment and so wanted to at least give my comments, to draw the game is extremely hard to take, especially after saturday as well!
Unfortunately still no Barron and Jenkinson away and unavailable, then Pat Cox sadly had an X-ray after Saturday on a finger and has a small break and so was unavailable, so we were short of options slightly.
Game was a scrappy affair, we didn’t really get our game going at all throughout, we were deservedly 1 up though at the break. 2nd half we missed 2 gilt edged chances to kill the game off again, failure to do that cost us. We were under the cosh a bit after that for 15 mins or so, we changed things to shore it up and to be fair it worked a treat as they ran out of ideas and we were countering on them well, then a sucker punch in the last minute with a superb volley from nowhere!
To chuck away points late on is hard to take, however after today we move up to 4th, yes our next 2 are very tough games on paper but no game is easy in this league and so we can’t wait for the games. I am sure we would have taken where we are right now at start of season, in many ways the ‘what might have beens’ should be a positive as we clearly are doing something right as a group to be where we are in spite of these disappointments!
Onto Saturday, we regroup and go again away at Taunton, looking forward to getting back out there!
Up the citizens
PS - I realise I said I wasn’t going to say much!! Couldn’t help myself!
Winchester City 1-2 Bristol Manor Farm
Frustration!!! So close to a fantastic result and would have been sat in 2nd place, however 2 late goals killed us and gave them a win they didn't deserve.
Hayward for Williamson
White on for Bailey
Hill on for Carr
We were without the suspended Tomasso, Barron and Jenkinson unavailable for today.
Game was a good advert for southern league I thought throughout and could see why they were 2nd in the league, first half was an end to end affair and we had 1 great chance after great work from Bailey and Cox was unable to convert, we probably edged it but a tight affair.
2nd half for 20/25 it was all us and we played some brilliant stuff and deserved to lead after a great finish from Oli Bailey, we had 1 amazing chance when Bailey went through 1 on 1 but the keeper saved. Sadly that was the catalyst for them to throw more and more men forward, we suddenly looked a bit nervy with our clearances and they threw men forward. We had to bring Oli off after we felt he was feeling his ankle still, then Rob Carr had to come off injured which we could have done without! To be fair we dealt with it quite well and they didn't really look like scoring until some poor defending allowed their striker to strike with 5 minutes to go. Momentum was with them and they scored a very fortunate goal from a set piece and we were left to lick our wounds when we should have won it!
Ultimately too lose the game is hard to accept, for long spells we were very good but we have to be better at finishing the game off and closing the result! We will learn from it and we have to bounce back now on Tuesday.
Up the citizens!
Kidlington 3-1 Winchester City
Really disappointing day today and to bow out against Kidlington in the manner we did was not what we wanted!
White for Bailey
Hill for Mlambo
Davis for Flooks
Hayward not used
Corner not used
To be honest we didn't really get our game going today, from the very first minute we didn't have that bit of zip about us that we have had so far this year. First half was largely a non event and whilst they shaded it we came in 0-0.
2nd half carried on in a fairly flat manner for both sides, we then created the best chance of the day with a great move but their
Keeper made a miraculous save from Coxy when it looked like 1-0. We then lost Oli Bailey to injury which was a blow but Chalky came
on and looked to create a bit for us. Fairly quickly though they went up the other end and got ahead with a well worked goal. We made a couple more tactical changes to get back in the game and we had our best spell at that point and deserved our equaliser when Josh Harfield bundled over the line after good work from Rob Carr. Looked like only 1 winner at that point but a momentary lapse allowed them into score and go 2-1 up! We gave it a good go to get back in it again, we lost Adam Tomasso to a sending off late on and they got a 3rd as we had to throw men forward.
Disappointing to lose! Have to say the way you won the game was far from dignified, totally unnecessary! Also the performance of the officials today was not great that's for sure and only added to the frustration we are feeling right now!
Gutted to go out, we now have to bounce back in an extremely tough game next weekend against 2nd place Bristol Manor Farm! Big weeks training to prepare for that ahead.
Up the citizens.
Winchester 1-4 AFC Totton
Really proud of the lads for tonight, our youngsters gave a fantastic account of ourselves against a strong AFC Totton side, they ultimately proved a little bit too much for us, however bearing in mind we gave 8 debuts to players tonight and had 7x16 year olds on the pitch and only 2 players that were not teenagers on the pitch, I think it was impressive and shows what a fantastic future the club has within our excellent youth setup.
Ben Sulley for McCormick
Harry Pearson for Darling
Billy Brindley for Winmam
Understandably we started a little bit nervy and Totton got on top, we managed to contain them though and got ourselves into the game with skipper on the night Ben 'Chalky' White influential alongside Josh McCormick and the lively Andrady and Hill causing them problems wide. 2 great saves from their keeper from Chalky and McCormick kept us out, they scored from a fast break and we were 1 down at the break. We were very happy with the efforts though and sent them back out to go again.
Unfortunately they got a 2nd but the character of the lads was first class and they kept battling away, we got a deserved goal back when Chalkys shot was saved but Ricardo Andrady followed up to score. We then gave it a good go but couldn't get level and a bit of tiredness set in and they over powered us late on to get a 3rd and 4th, a score line that I thought flattered them a bit in the end, although they are a good side who are doing well in the league, so full credit to this group of lads.
All in all, sad to lose any game of football but really proud of the lads and their development as footballers will be that much greater for nights like this. So many excellent performances from the lads but for me Josh Corner and Josh Mccormick in particular both 16 year olds were outstanding I thought. We had the remaining 10 players in the squad training hard or getting treatment for injuries from Saturday while the game was going on, so despite the result it was a positive night for us.
We now prepare for Kidlington on Saturday, they actually have impressed us more than any other side we have played, we are sure to be in for a tough game, we will go there full of confidence.
Sorry for the result but hope you enjoyed the efforts and quality of our youngsters coming through.
Up the citizens
Winchester City 1 Bristol Manor Farm 2
Winchester went down 2-1 to a Bristol Manor Farm team that are having a good first season in the Evostik Southern League following promotion from the Toolstation Western League.
With Andy Jenkinson and Jamie Barron unavailable and Adam Tomasso suspended, manager Craig Davis was given a starting berth, Danny King returned to the side as captain and new signing Liam Gilbert made his debut.
Early on both goalkeepers had to make important interceptions to break up opposing attacks. Ben Bament of Bristol Manor Farm had a shot that went across the goal, while at the other end powerful shots from Dan Williamson and Simba Mlambo that were just off target.
Probably the best chance of an evenly contested first half was when Oli Bailey whose pace up front was always a danger to the visitors made a good run to set up Pat Cox who was not quite able to properly connect and so a keenly contested first half was goalless.
Winchester started the first half brightly with Robbie Carr having an effort saved and Oli Bailey having one cross intercepted by the Bristol Manor Farm goalkeeper Ashley Clarke. Winchester took the lead in the 55th minute when Oli Bailey held off two challenges and slotted home.
The game was fairly even in the immediate aftermath of the goal. However Oli Bailey had a great chance to make it 2-0, but having done the hard work was denied by an excellent save from Ashley Clarke.
Bristol Manor Farm bought on three attacking substitutes and began to force Winchester further back. Winchester also made substitutions with Rob Carr injured and Oli Bailey still recovering from an ankle injury beginning to tire.
In the 82nd minute Dean Stamp made space for himself on the left and scored from a tight angle. Three minutes later a corner was headed into the path of Aron Robbins who made no mistake.
Winchester tried hard to get back into the game, but Bristol Manor Farm's late flurry proved to be enough for them to win the game.
On Tuesday Winchester are home to Paulton and the following Saturday are away to Taunton.
Bristol Manor Farm remain second in the table, while Winchester drop to fifth.
Winchester 3 Mangotsfield 0
Sat 23 Sepon
Playing their first Saturday home match of the season Winchester achieved only their second win in eight games against Mangotsfield.
With the M3 closed for much of the morning there was at one stage a doubt as to whether the match would be played at all due to access issues, but fortunately Mangotsfield's route to the ground was relatively unaffected.
Mangotsfield who were playing in the Southern League Premier Division less than 10 years ago have had a difficult start to the season and recently appointed former Larkhall boss Wayne Thorne as manager. Their most experienced player former Bristol Rovers captain Lewis Hogg has recently left the club.
Winchester made six changes to the starting line-up from Tuesday's Hampshire Senior Cup victory against East Cowes Vics with Ryan Price, Dan Williamson, Adam Tomasso, Josh Harfield, Jamie Barron and Robbie Carr coming into the side.
Winchester made a great start when in the 3rd minute a free kick from Jamie Barron was flicked on by Josh Harfield for Pat Cox to score his fifth goal in four days. Winchester so nearly had another when Mangotsfield goalkeeper Thom Jonkerman
tipped a header from Josh Harfield on to the crossbar and there followed an almighty goalmouth scramble which ended with Robbie Flooks hitting a powerful shot just off target.
Mangotsfield came close when James Batchelor almost got a decisive touch to a cross from the left. However Winchester were having the better of the first half and Oli Bailey had a diving header saved. Their task was made easier when Josh Jones received a second yellow card at the end of the first half.
The second half started with the referee unable to continue, but fortunately a replacement official was on hand to ensure the match could proceed. With a man advantage Winchester were very much on top with Jonkerman making saves from Flooks, Carr, Bailey and Cox to keep his side in the game. Mangotsfield did at times look dangerous on the break and while they were only one goal behind there was always a danger they could draw level, especially when with four minutes to go they were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position, but fortunately the shot from Richard Hobbs was off target.
However Winchester made the game safe when Robbie Carr slotted home in the 88th minute, and a minute later Oli Bailey made it 3-0 when he held off a challenge to put the ball away with his goal being celebrated with joy by his band of family and friends some of whom had travelled from Harlow in Essex to see him play.
Winchester are away to Didcot on Tuesday and away to Barnstaple on Saturday.
The club is organising a Race Night on Saturday 14th October after the home game with Bristol Manor Farm and a video of the Mangotsfield game is now available for viewing on the fans forum.
Kidlington 3 Winchester City 1
Winchester went out of the F A Trophy losing 3-1 to a Kidlington team that had already beaten them in the league.
Winchester started with the line-up that had helped them enjoy convincing league wins against Mangotsfield and Barnstaple in recent weeks, although with Danny King injured Andy Jenkinson filled the left back role. Kidlington's team consisted mainly of Kidlington based players, although local soccer enthusiasts may recall Anaclet Odhiambo playing for Eastleigh alongside Craig McaLLister and David Puckett, and his brother Eddie being on Southampton FC's books, with both brothers being in the home team's line up.
Early on Rob Flooks and Pat Cox for Winchester had shots blocked, while at the other end good play by Lewis Coyle and Mark Janes put Anaclet Odhiambo in a good position, but his effort was off target. Sam Warrell in the home goal just beat Olly Bailey to the ball, but generally the first half saw both teams break well from defence, but with their attacks being cut out before any damage could be done to the opposing defence.
Kidlington introduced Darius Browne as substitute and he quickly made an impact as a lively wing back with his pace and energy. He won a free kick on the left and this eventually led to their goal with captain Tom Franklin setting up Lewis Coyle for his second goal against Winchester this season. Shortly before this Sam Warrell who had also performed heroically at Winchester made an excellent save from Pat Cox after good work by Rob Carr and Olly Bailey.
Shortly after the goal Bailey's whose pace looked threatening at times had to go off injured. However Winchester did draw level when following a goalmouth scramble with several players from both sides involved, it was Josh Harfield who finally bundled the ball over the line, although members of the Kidlington contingent thought the ball had never actually crossed the line.
Having drawn level it was disappointing to concede three minutes later when Browne crossed for fellow substitute Lance Williams to score. After this Kidlington looked the more likely team to score a further goal and Elliott Osborne-Ricketts had a powerfully struck shot only just off target.
In added on time Adam Tomasso gave a free kick away which led to Coyle setting up Browne for the third goal.
It is fair to say that some members of the Winchester contingent felt the rub of the green in the referee's decisions did not go their way, but overall Kidlington who are at home to Slough in the next round were the better team on the day, with our performance not being as good as those in recent weeks.
Even though more than half of the teams in our division will go out of the F A Trophy in this round it is disappointing to go out of the competition, but minds must now be focussed on Saturday's home game against a Bristol Manor Farm team that have made an impressive start to the season following promotion. Following Saturday's game the club are having a Race Night at the club.
Winchester City 6 East Cowes Vics 2
Tue 19 Sepon
Winchester won through to the last 16 of the Hampshire Senior Cup with a 6-2 win over East Cowes Vics. East Cowes are currently in the lower reaches of Wessex Division 1, but had a good win against Fawley in the last round and are a club who played in the top flight of Wessex League football for many years with Southampton legend Nick Holmes amongst their former players.
For this match Winchester rested captain Jamie Barron, Josh Harfield and Andy Jenkinson with Adam Tomasso, Dan Williamson, Rob Carr and Ryan Price on the bench. AS a result goalkeeper Callum Maher also known as a Southern League Premier Division cricketer, Gareth Byers, Joe Hayward, Riccardo Andrady, Craig Davis and Joe Hayward came into the side, with Adam Tomasso, Rob Carr, Dan Williamson and Ryan Pryce on the bench. There was a welcome return from injury for Olly Bailey, with Dan King assuming the role of captain.
After East Cowes had a couple of attacks early on Winchester took the lead when Pat Cox headed home a corner from the right in the 3rd minute.
Simba Mlambo then put in a cross that no-one could on the end of, but from another of his crosses Cox headed home his second of the game.
East Cowes pulled a goal back when one of his colleagues headed the ball into his path and Jimmi Burton scored from close range. East Cowes then had a good spell as the game became very end to end, but their hopes of getting back in the game suffered a significant blow at the end of the half when with the goalkeeper rushing out of his area in his efforts to close down Mlambo the result of his efforts saw the ball sliced back towards the visitors goal with attempts from East Cowes Vics defenders to keep the ball out being in vain.
Winchester Continued to attack in the early periods of the second half and scored further goals through Cox (his third headed goal) and Bailey. Both goalkeepers had saves to make during this period of play with East Cowes Vics goalkeeper making saves from Bailey and a particularly good one when he tipped Ben White's effort over the bar.
East Cowes Vics however pulled a goal back when Burton scored his second following up after Maher had could only parry a shot into his path.
IK Hill came on as substitute and made many good runs on the right hand side shooting wide with a powerful shot on one occasion and crossing for Cox to score his fourth of the game and to complete the scoring.