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Taunton Town 4-1 Winchester City

Horrific conditions in our face 1st half, they scored a soft pen early on, after that we struggled to clear our lines for long spells as the wind kept blowing the ball back... they got a 2nd and we were up against it. We battled well though and scored a superb goal when Willo drove down the right and crossed for Oli to finish and we were back in it.

2nd half started and we were controlling the game, they were penned in but a breakout from them and a shot going wide was deflected and prycey had to save and they scored the follow up. Still had them penned in, however gave the ball away as we were flying forward and they scored, absolute sucker punch! 

Ultimately it’s a game that they deserved to win in the end, I thought we were well in the ascendency until that 3rd goal though frustratingly, have to say the conditions first half gave them a huge lift and missing players killed us. Very decent display from a number of the players and we played some good stuff, we have to regroup now though and get ready for next Fridays fixture. A word for 18 year old Joe Cook on his league debut who I thought was very good.

Gutted about the result but we will work hard now and be ready for next week!

Up the citizens!

Davo

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

Davo 

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.

Team 
Pryce
Williamson
King
Gilbert
Flooks
Harfield 
Mlambo
Davis
Bailey
Cox
Carr

Subs
Hayward for Williamson 
White on for Bailey
Hill on for Carr 
Cook 
McCormick 


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!

Davo 

 

Davos view

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! 

Team 
Pryce
Williamson 
Jenkinson
Tomasso
Flooks
Mlambo
Barron
Bailey
Cox
Carr

Subs
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.

Davo

Coach To Cinderford - Saturday 4th November

Winchester City 1 Paulton Rovers 1

A Winchester side showing two changes to the starting line-up from Saturday with Adam Tomasso returning from suspension and Ben White replacing player manager Craig Davis and the injured Pat Cox.
 
Early on Ben White forced a save from Andy Hannah in the Paulton goal, while the visiting goalkeeper just beat Oli Bailey to the ball.  At the other end Mario Mateus shot narrowly wide, while Pryce in the home goal had to save a free kick from Dale Evans.
 
Shortly before half time Winchester took the lead when Rob Carr slotted home.
 
In the second half Paulton's Liam Monelle hit the side netting, Oli Bailey shot wide and Simba Mlambo had a shot blocked.  Dan Williamson also forced a save from Hannah, but Paulton but the pressure on the last 10 minutes and drew level in added on time when substitute Jack Ball converted a cross from Josh Morgan-Williams. 
 
This late goal denied Winchester revenge for their F A Cup defeat and meant that in the final 8 minutes they have dropped five points in two games.

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

Malcomn Clarke on Sat 23 Sep

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.

 

 

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