Hereford 4 -0 Winchester City
Winchester finished their season in 14th place after a disappointing end to the season, when at one point they were in contention for the playoffs.
Nevertheless it was no disgrace to lose to the champions of the division who have won 68 and lost only league games since being reformed. Although a new club in name there is much reference to the likes of former club legends John Charles, Colin Addison, Ronnie Radford and Chris Price around the club.
The match attracted a crowd of 4125, easily the biggest attendance that Winchester have played in front of this season. Winchester themselves made three changes to the starting line-up from Monday with Adam Tomasso, Jamie Ford and Stuart Green coming in and Andy Jenkinson, Joe Hayward and IK Hill dropping to the bench.
With Hereford already crowned as champions there was something of a carnival atmosphere as they celebrated their triumph. Winchester bought a sizeable contingent of fans who sang their hearts out in vocal support of their team, while Hereford fans in the C and D blocks of the main stand were indulging in good natured banter as to who was giving their team the greatest vocal support.
Before the game a guard of honour was formed to acknowledge Hereford's success and this was professionally observed by the Winchester players.
Hereford took the lead in the 10th minute when Jamie Ford was adjudged to have fouled Mike Symons and John Mills converted the resulting penalty. Although there was a bit of pushing and shoving between the players the award of the penalty appeared to be a harsh decision and that view was shared by the majority of the Winchester contingent.
Lewis Noice then did well to tip an effort from the excellent Jimmy Oates round the post for a corner. Winchester then hit the underside of the bar, but Hereford made it 2-0 when Jamie Edge scored from just outside the area after a cross was only cleared as far as him.
Winchester forced successive corners towards the end of the half, but Noice also has to save from Rob Purdie at the end of the half.
In the 57th minute Hereford got the all important third when Oates headed home following a corner. Oates also put in a cross that no-one could get on the end of as Hereford started to play some delightful football, although to their credit Winchester kept battling.
Noice made a good save from Hereford's leading scorer John Mills and substitute Jamie Molyneux also came close. However Hereford did make it 4-0 in the 81st minute when substitute Bradley Williams headed home a cross from Oates who won virtually all of Hereford's player awards for his performances over the season and Hereford certainly looked the team more likely to score in the final 9 minutes.
Winchester City 0 AFC Totton 1
A 16th minute goal by AFC Totton Assistant Manager Adam Wilde from 50 yards gave the visitors a 1-0 win at Winchester, but it was rough justice on a Winchester team who created chance after chance, but were denied by a mixture of poor finishing and good goalkeeping by the visitors goalkeeper Patrick O'Flaherty. Defenders Joe Hayward, Danny King and Robbie Matthews all returned to the Winchester starting line-up as did Danny Smith and Howard Neighbour and there was also a starting place for IK Hill.
The goal was AFC Totton's only on target shot during the game even though it was a clever piece of thinking by Wilde.
For Winchester Joe Briggs hit the bar with a header during the first half, Howard Neighbour had an effort well saved, Andrew Jenkinson, IK Hill and Joe Briggs had off targets shots, Winchester forced several corners and there was a few goalmouth scrambles, but Winchester could not score the all important goal.
Winchester continued to have the lion's share of the game in the second half, Danny King forced another good save from O'Flaherty, Craig Feeney came close on a couple of occasions to getting clear of the visiting defence, substitute Adam Roberts put several crosses into the box, but the visitors were defending deeply ands solidly, and the final ball often eluded Winchester who overall played some good football even though the final touch was lacking.
Craig Davis has been confirmed as Winchester boss for next season. On Saturday Winchester travel to Hereford for their final game of the season.
Winchester City 0-0 Larkhall Athletic
Winchester showed plenty of endeavour, and obtained their first point in six league games, but despite creating several half chances and having a lot of possession they seldom tested the away goalkeeper and were unable to put an end to their dearth of goals which has seen them only score twice since recording an impressive 4-1 win against an Evesham team that are on course for the playoffs.
There were three changes to the starting line-up from the previous Saturday with Robbie Matthews, Howard Neighbour and Andy Jenkinson returning to action, with player manager Craig Davis being suspended, Danny Smith also not available and Adam Roberts only fit enough to make the bench. There were some change to their usual numbers with Howard Neighbour wearing 9, Craig Feeney 10, Robbie Matthews 6, Jamie Ford 5 and Robbie Matthews 6.
The game started slowly, but Jamie Barron and Stuart Green had half chances that went wide. At the other end Alex Lambert forced a save from Lewis Noice. A good ball from Andy Jenkinson found Stuart Green who was full of endeavour as usual, but despite the midfielder's hard work they were unable to test the Larkhall goalkeeper Shaun Semmens.
Craig Feeney did bring Semmens into action, but Winchester almost fell behind when Lewis Noice was adjudged to have fouled Greg Peel, but Jamie Lyons shot wide from the penalty spot.
In the second half Winchester had a lot of possession, and forced a lot of corners, but the visitors came closest to scoring with substitute Ben Brooks placing a header straight into the hands of Noice, and Joe Tumelty forcing a save from Noice, which resulted in Robbie Matthews who gave a commanding performance on his return clearing away the loose ball. Tumelty also had a powerfully struck shot just off target, but as the match progressed the game between two teams neither in the promotion or relegation battle.
Manager Craig Davis is though working hard to improve things, and it is hoped that this can bear fruit in the final three games of the season starting with Tiverton away on Saturday and AFC Totton at home on Easter Monday.