Winchester City 3-2 Swindon Sopermarine
What a great win!!! Against a play off contender and to come from behind again, fantastic! Immense character in this group of lads and very proud of them!
So we were without Tomasso suspended still and Liam Gilbert succumbed to a bad chest infection that he just got through on Saturday but knocked him back and also still no Simba Mlambo who we are missing more and more as weeks tick by, so it’s fair to say we were down in numbers in midfield.
Game started and their shape was causing us a lot of problems and also the very strong wind meant we struggled to get a foothold in the game for 25 mins or so and they scored with a lucky cross to be honest! For all their dominance early on they barely tested us which shows in the shots and crosses stats that we dominated all night. We changed our shape and got on the game and took it to them, equalising from Jamie Barron with a pen, I felt they were lucky to not have a player sent off for that in truth. We then had several efforts but came in at 1-1.
Early in the second half we had all the momentum and they then had a man sent off for dissent and so we had to then be patient. We got ahead with a truly wonder goal from Oli Bailey and looked like we were cruising, only for a very good free kick from them to level it. Once again though the lads bounced back and remained patient and some good play down the left resulted in Kinger being fouled and cool as a cucumber Baz slotted the winner! We then closed the game out with relative ease!
A fantastic result and that’s the 4th time we have come from behind or pegged back an equaliser to go on and get a better result after that disappointment! That’s a huge huge habit to get in, full credit to the boys who we were looking like we had a soft centre after conceding late goals, we have really pushed and pushed this on the lads and what a great show of character in these last 4 games! Let’s hope we can carry it on, maybe not from a goal down though!
Tough game again sat against 3rd in the league, let’s hope for another exciting game and positive result.
Up the citizens!
Yate Town 1-1 Winchester City
and picking something up, a good habit to get into!
We were without Ads Tomasso suspended and Simba Mlambo still injured, Liam Gilbert was carrying a chest injection as well, we did welcome back Dan Williamson from injury, we brought Joe Hayward back from his loan for the game as we needed cover for Willo, we wanted to get Joe a run of games though at Brockenhurst, I must stress he remains a vital member of my squad and a player who we want with us long term.
I thought we were excellent 1st half and carved out numerous great chances that were not converted, as so often happens though they scored on stroke of half time with their only real effort of half.
2nd half we came out and dominated the game and were nice and positive and got the goal back when Coxy converted another excellent breakaway by us, unfortunately we didn’t create too many more chances but were dominating the play and in the end had to be content with the point.
It’s a very congested top half of the table that’s for sure, we are right there in the hunt and I don’t think we are far away from where we want to be and in my opinion deserve to be. We have a tough game Tuesday now against Swindon Supermarine at home and we have to be ready for that one as it will be tough, we look forward to it though!
Thanks to the supporters again who got behind the lads!
Up the citizens!
Winchester City 2-1 Bishops Cleeve
Phew!!!! What a relief, for long spells in that second half it looked as if the series of spurned chances were going to count against us!! Instead we popped up with a last gasp winner, slightly better feeling than the game against Salisbury/Paulson and Bristol Manor Farm where last goals cost us in games we should have won!
Strange game all day really, lost Willo to injury and we brought Adam Tomasso on, then a horrible tackle on him and his reaction had them both sent off and so I brought Danny King onto an unfamiliar RB role, 2 massive reshuffles within 25 minutes and then we had to change shape with the sending off as well. We scored via a class finish by Oli Bailey and had to be several ahead to kill the game but didn’t, so we had to be content with 1 up at the break.
2nd half again we had chances to kill it but they scored an equaliser on the break, they then had a good spell, we withstood that and then bounced back and dominated the latter stages missing some good chances, we got the goal we wanted though in the 94th minute when Oli scissor kicked in with the last kick for a great and vital 3 points!
Credit to Bishops Cleeve who stayed in the game somehow in that first half and then had a go at us in second half when they got the loft of the equaliser! I am sure they will pick up some good results in the coming weeks.
I make no real apology for the way we won it in the end with the last kick, we were far from at our best with all the reshuffling that took place, we got a bit ragged 2nd half when we were searching for the winner! It’s a massive 3 points for us that’s for sure.
Onto the next one in league at Yate who had a great result today, first though we have the Southampton snr cup at home to Nursling where we will make major changes from today’s line up.
Come on you citizens!
Cinderford Town 2-2 Winchester City
Well that was eventful! Delighted to have come back from 2-0 down and a very decent display 2nd half resulted in us drawing 2-2 with a late equaliser from Coxy!
To be honest 1st half was poor, it felt like we still had a hangover from last weeks game against Salisbury, that is not an excuse just what it seemed like. We were 2-0 down at the break and it was thoroughly deserved as well!
Half time we told a few home truths and made a sub and a tactical change and it worked that’s for sure! For the majority of the 2nd half it was all us and we put in a good display, Liam Gilbert scored with a good strike from range, a few chances went begging and as we threw men forward we needed Prycey a couple of times to keep us in the game, eventually we got the equaliser that we deserved when Coxy slotted in an equaliser, just for you Backagain!!
It felt like that could be a massive point for us with the way it was picked up, we have to back this point up next week at he against Bishops Cleeve who have improved of late.
Big thanks to the supporters today who travelled in their numbers!
Come on you citizens!
Winchester City 2 Bishops Cleeve 1
Having surrendered leads in the final 8 minutes of their last three home matches it was Winchester's turn to score a late goal as they returned to winning ways with a 2-1 win against a Bishops Cleeve side who although bottom of the table had showed improved form in recent weeks.
Winchester made two changes to the starting line-up from Saturday's game at Cinderford with Rob Flooks replacing the suspended Josh Harfield in central defence and I K Hill replacing Dan King who was on the bench with Andy Jenkinson filling the left back role.
Winchester started brightly with Pat Cox having a shot deflected for a corner having been set up by Oli Bailey. Andy Jenkinson also had a free kick saved while Bailey also came close himself. At the other end Ryan Pryce had to save a low shot from away captain Elliot Kennedy.
Winchester however took the lead in the 13th minute when Bailey broke clear and made no mistake.
A god run by I K Hill ended up with the Bishops Cleeve goalkeeper saving with his legs as Winchester continued to dominate even though they lost Ben Williamson to injury with Adam Tomasso filling the right back role.
However both sides were reduced to 10 men after 26 minutes when a challenge by Jack Watts resulted in Adam Tomasso reacting and both players receiving their marching orders. Tomasso's red card forced Winchester to reshuffle with I K Hill coming off and the left footed Dan King playing in the unfamiliar right back role.
Winchester still were creating the better chances with Pat Cox having one shot deflected for a corner and another effort over the crossbar, while Oli Bailey put in a cross that no-one was able to get a decisive touch to.
However suddenly at the end of the half Bishops Cleeve began to come into the game with Ryan Pryce blocking Charlie Pryce's effort, while Ben Hands had one powerful effort that was over the crossbar and the same player was also denied by a goal-line clearance by Jamie Barron with Pryce beaten.
The second half was end to end and Cox and Bailey had good chances to score a second. Howsever Joe Bates had on a couple of occasions cone close to levelling the scores scored at close range after a poor clearance which was becoming an increasing feature of the reshuffled Winchester defence.
The game remained very open with both teams having chances to score a second with Bailey and Cox having chances for Winchester and Kennedy coming the closest of all when his effort hit the post and the visitors had a few other well struck efforts that fortunately for Winchester were just off target.
It seemed that the game would finish 1-1, but in the final minute of added on time Winchester won a corner and Bailey got the all important touch from Carr's ball into the box.
Winchester who had a couple of youngsters on the bench travel to Yate on Saturday, and on the following Tuesday are at home to Swindon Supermarine.
Winchester 4 Salisbury 5
An entertaining Friday night fixture in front of a crowd of 823 saw Winchester for the third successive home match surrender a lead in the final eight minutes of a game and for the second of these games fail to get any points for their endeavours, on this occasion surrendering a three goal lead to eventually lose 5-4.
Winchester made two changes to their starting line-up from Saturday's game with Taunton with Pat Cox returning from injury and Josh Harfield replacing I K HIll and Rob Flooks both of whom were on the bench.
In this game between two cathedral cities, Winchester took the lead in the 4th minute when Joe Cook scored with a lob and made it 2-0 in the 25th minute when Jamie Barron followed up after Oli Bailey's initial shot was saved. Bailey who was a threat to the visitors throughout made a good run and slotted home the third. Also in the first half Charlie Searle in the Salisbury goal had to save a Josh Harfield header at the expense of a corner and also stop a powerful shot from Danny King. Dan Williamson was also overlapping to good effect for the home team, although his final delivery did not quite lead to anything.
Tom Whelan then had a shot for the visitors which was off target (one of their few efforts of the half), but Salisbury did pull a goal back at the end of the half when Stuart Green who captained Winchester last season and came on as substitute for Salisbury during the first half pulled a goal back just before the break with an effort into the top corner.
At half time the referee felt unwell and was unable to continue, although this situation was quickly resolved.
Salisbury started the second half brightly and good strikes by Lewis Benson and Green again enabled them to draw level within 11 minutes of the start of the half.
The next 23 minutes provided a lot of goalmouth action without any goals, with Salisbury having a penalty appeal turned down, two goals disallowed, while at the other end Williamson forced Searle to save at the expense of a corner and Pat Cox heading narrowly wide. However with 11 minutes to go Rob Carr set up Oli Bailey to score his second.
Pat Cox had a chance to make it 5-3, but Searle was able to save his effort and Salisbury made them pay when Benson who was always dangerous from set pieces scored his second direct from a free kick and Tom Whelan scored the winner when what appeared to be a cross flew into the net. Even after this Winchester had a couple of dangerous attacks, but in the end it was Salisbury who won this match which was a good advert for non-league football on a Friday night.
Winchester travel to Cinderford on Saturday.
Winchester City 1 Paulton Rovers 1
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.