Bracknell Town 0-4 Winchester City
What a fantastic result today and for large parts performance! I couldn't have cared what the performance was like today in truth as it's all about getting through in the cup, really pleased we also played some of our excellent football!"
We had a few selection issues with illness on day of the game to Kinger and unfortunately Gaz couldn't make it at late notice and so we had to tweak things slightly, Jenks dropping into left back and Rob Carr coming in, who in truth has been chomping to get back and deserved a start after his outstanding pre season.
Let's get it right, Bracknell are likely to get promoted this year and assembled a very good side, add into the fact it was on the 3G that they are used to, many had us down to get beaten today from outside our club! Sorry to disappoint!! :) As maybe expected we started slowly whilst adjusting to the surface and they had a good go at us, we withstood that, then had to deal with injury to Oli Bailey, we brought Simba on (another player who had a great pre season and would have felt unfortunate to be on the bench), initially we were still not getting our game going, then a tactical change/tweak really sparked us into life and from there on in we were always in control. We scored from Jenks strike on the angle across the keeper, then a second with Rob Carr driving at heart of defence like he does and smashing one in for 2-0, we really should have got a couple more but 2 up at the break.
We made what may have looked the odd decision to come out and do the half time team talk on the pitch, however it was like a sauna in one of the smallest changing rooms ever, so we did it on the pitch...
Second half we were again in control, then they had a lad sent off for once again Rob Carr terrorising their full back into a 2nd booking. I was then disappointed for 15 minutes or so, we allowed them to have a go at us, they had to throw everything at us I guess, we got a bit sloppy without ever really looking in danger though. We got a third from Flooksy after his header was saved, he smashed the rebound home. We then sealed a great day with Coxy finishing off a flowing move from Simba and IK Hill who came on to set up a really good 4th goal up.
Fantastic result, we looked superb with our front 4 who know each other's games so well, Simba, Chalky, Rob and Coxy creating havoc and a solid display from all of the lads, Prycey making a couple of crucial stops on the few occasions when he was called upon.
All in all a very good day, we look forward to the next round whoever we get! 7 sides at least from our league went out today at this stage of the cup, fa cup money is crucial to all clubs and so that was important today, even more importantly we needed to banish that horrible feeling of losing Tuesday, especially the unfortunate manner that we lost it. We can now prepare fully for a busy weekend next weekend starting with a long trip to Larkhall on Saturday!
Fantastic support today from you all, glad we gave you plenty to shout about!
Up the citizens!
Winchester City 0-1 Kidlington
Kidlington whom Winchester also play in the F A Trophy are in their second season of Southern League football having transferred from the Central Division where they finished 12th last season. Prior to that they were a Hellenic League club for 52 years, spending the majority of that time in the league's lower division. In their ranks they had three Odihambo brothers, one of whom Anaclet played for Eastleigh in the 2001/02 season, with two of them being in action on Tuesday.
Early in proceedings both teams when corners produced goalmouth scrambles, but Winchester began to put the pressure on and Sam Warrell had to make good saves from Ben White twice, Oli Bailey and Adam Tomasso. At the other end Lewis Coyle forced a save from Ryan Price, and it was the visitors who took the lead in the 24th minute when Coyle followed up after Ryan Price was able to save, but not to hold on to Anaclet Odihambo's effort.
Before half time Jamie Barron had an effort deflected for a corner, while at the other end Declan Benjamin headed just over, but it was still 1-0 to the visitors at the interval.
Wincheser continued the pressure in the second half and in the 52nd minute they hit the underside of the bar following a header from a corner, and the ball seemed certain to cross the line, but somehow it stayed out and was eventually cleared to safety. Another two goal-line clearances also denied Winchester who also bought on Rob Carr, Simba Mlambo and the first two added some pace to the attack with player manager Davis using his experience in the middle of the park and despite some resilient defending by Kidlington the home team were able to put in some crosses.
Kidlington though despite absorbing a lot of pressure during the game got more dangerous on the counter attack as the second half progressed and Coyle came close with a free kick and substitute Callum Harvey came close on a couple of occasions, but a game that could have easily produced more goals ended with the visitors victorious as the result of a solitary goal. Both teams though responded at the weekend by winning F A Cup ties against former Southern League clubs who now play in the Hellenic League Premier Division.
Shortwood 2-4 Winchester City
We made the long journey to Shortwood and somehow got the coach up the hill to the ground (well done driver!!!), ready to take on a Shortwood side who are well established in the Southern League and always been difficult opponents.
We gave a debut to Coxy and had some very difficult selection decisions, however the team we selected we were confident in, we were also very pleased with the attacking substitution options especially! First games of the season are always strange affairs with players having to get out of pre season mode and it sometimes gets a bit frantic! It definitely started that way, we soon took charge of the game, having most of the play, we eventually scored when Oli Bailey latching onto a ball over the top, cutting inside a couple of players and finishing superbly. We had another goal chalked off for offside which would have given us a nice half time cushion.
Second half we came out of the traps well and a fantastic move involving Oli Bailey and Pat Cox ended with Coxy slipping the ball past the keeper cleverly. Straight away we went 3-0 up with Coxy glancing home a Jenks cross, soon after that it was all but game over with Oli Bailey turning and driving at the defenders and slipping Coxy in to finish into the top corner, 4-0!
Annoyingly they scored a goal straight after to go 4-1 and another consolation late on 4-2 to put a spin on the game that made it closer than in fact it was.
Superb start to the season, great result and performance in the main was very good. Slightly disappointed with the goals conceded and we need to sharpen that up, however we can't ask for much more from a tricky looking away game first game of the season!
We now have to recover and get ready for what will be a harder game, Kidlington are a very decent side and we will need to be switched on in this game, avoid the sloppy moments and carry on that attacking threat we have!
Well done to the boys and roll on the next one.
Subs. 12.Carr 14.Mlambo 15.Hill 16.Davis 17.Byres