Street 0-2 Winchester City
What a great great win that was, absolutely delighted with each and every member of the squad!! We have now won 4 in a row after a horrible run, 3 of them games away from home, a really massive effort from the whole squad and no doubt in my mind today was just that, a whole squad and staff united and putting in a shift to get that result! Well done boys...
Day started not so well with the coach late and then meaning we arrived at 2.35pm which was not good!! We still kicked off at 3pm and avoided the fine that it would have incurred, we did the team talk on the bus and changed on there, Jo Brocksom was even doing treatment and straps on the coach, very proud of my staff and the players for how they handled it!! We were without Simba injured and Rob Carr unavailable, however we had Gilly back into the starting lineup.
Game started and most of the first half in fact was fairly cagey with not too many saves at either end, we came in 0-0 and the players were frustrated at their performance, we were fairly content though as the disruption had affected us but we were well in the game. We asked the players to remember we had a point currently and we do not lose that, we see if we can build on it!
Well 80 seconds in and Rawks curled a great finish in for 1-0, in truth after that we controlled the game and didn’t give much away, I was very pleased with the way we did that, on a heavy pitch especially. We made 3 changes with Griggsy on for Gilly as he works his match fitness up, then Flooksy had to come off with an ankle injury and so I went on and dropped cookie back to CB, then we took Oli off and pushed Ty up and brought Brett Cunningham on... inspired sub really as Ty ran through and set Brett up to kill it off 2-0, we then closed the game off for 3 massive points and 2 clean sheets in a row and 12 big points out of last 12!
We now have to recuperate and manage the injuries and we hope we should have Carr and Mlambo back next weekend, Bideford come to us and we have to produce another massive display against a side who beat us twice last year!!
For now though we enjoy today, big thanks as ever to the supporters, then we go for it again next week!!!
Up the citizens!
Winchester City 1 - 0 Larkhall Athletic
Well that was a tough and hard earned 3 points against a decent and very physically powerful side, to pick up 3 straight wins after the run we had been on is impressive, I am very proud of the way that we have pulled together as a squad and a group, we have shipped a couple of players out, brought a couple in, plus ensured availability for a couple of key players, made a staff change, it’s been a busy time, we have most importantly worked bloody hard on the training ground and stuck together, today was a perfect end to a very good week for us!!
We were unfortunately without Rob Carr unwell today, Brad Gale I have let go out to Hamworthy on dual registration, Brett Cunningham was on England colleges Trials, Liam Gilbert was back though and is available all season now, plus we added Fabio and Chay from the reserve set up.
1st half it was pretty end to end but they had a few chances where it pin balled around the box, some of the saves and last ditch blocks to keep the ball out were superb, we did have our moments though and a few good chances, I said at half time though they had definitely had the better of it just about.
2nd half was another very even affair, we did manage to have a lot more control of the game, we made a slight tactical shuffle which definitely worked to nullify their threats, was a tight game but we got a goal that is worthy of winning any game, 3/4 little tippy-tappy balls around the edge of the box and a clinical finish from IK Hill, from that point they threw everyone forward and it was land of the giants all in the box, I went on in a sweeper role for last 5 minutes or so and in reality we closed the game out very well.
Fantastic 3 points, we were not at our sparkling best but no doubt the really good football was played by us, their physicality though was impressive and hard to contain at times, all in all a very good battle and a fantastic win!!
We now have a week off from 1st team games and we can work hard to get ready for a very tough game away to street who are also a big and powerful side.
Well done to the boys and have a good weekend, I know I will be!
Up the citizens!
Fleet Town 1-2 Winchester City
On a pitch that was actually worse than the one called off a couple of weeks ago, funny how hard they worked to get this one on, I wonder why!!! But we came out and blew them away or at least we should have, a missed pen and a catalogue of missed chances but only had Rawls goal to show for it! They broke and scored and to be honest the rest of the half was poor as we were too open, enabling them to hit the long balls to their front 3 who had pace and caused some problems! 1-1 at break.
2nd half a tactical shuffle and a few words with the lads about what I expect from them, we absolutely controlled the game as I asked, a great goal from Ty was followed by chance after chance after chance going begging, that kept them in the game somehow! We then had 5-10 minutes at the end where they threw the kitchen sink at us with us defending what an only be described as a swamp of a goalmouth, to be fair the lads put bodies on the line and we got a very good and hard earned 3 points, we really have to be more clinical though as we gave them a route to stay in the game with our profligate finishing!
Still a big 3 points and 6 in 4 days both away from home, very happy to have picked them up and we now have to prepare for another battle against a decent Larkhall side on Saturday!
Big thanks to our supporters for their support as well, so much time for you all and so grateful for the support, made me appreciate even more being manager of this club with the people involved!
Up the citizens!
Winchester Coty 0-1 Yate Town
I can be assed to , we were superb today! Worked extremely hard on Thursday at a change of our shape we have been playing mainly this season, produced a very good display with the exception of the 1 thing that football does revolve around and that’s a finish!! Easy to point a finger at Ty and Oli as main culprits, however I wouldn’t swap them for any I’ve seen in the league this year, neither are the finished article in any way but I will back them against anyone who wants to have a pop at them all day long!
We had Carr and Gilbert missing due to work, plus Harfield struggling with illness, he pushed through though for me!
First half they had some of the play but mainly long balls into their CM Peare who pushes up as we had worked on... we dealt with that and caused them the problems down the sides as we planned to, created several unbelievable chances but came in 0-0!
2nd half was literally all us with chance after chance going begging! We lost Josh to a horrible cut to his eye, we shuffled the pack though and it was more of the same! We have all watched enough football to know a sting in the tail can happen and it did! A horrible conceded goal and we somehow went from a game we had to win, to losing it, a very cruel outcome!
Credit to league leaders Yate, however if they are top then we know we are not a million miles away, we will be doing all we can to get it right, we don’t have the ability to throw money at it and so we have to build it and believe me listening to the lads afterwards they are hurting but all proud to play for this club and with their team mates!
Roll on the next game! A few will be back but injury concerns over a few now which is far from ideal!
Up the citizens!
Coach To Bristol Manor Farm - Saturday 22nd December
Coach To Paulton Rovers - Saturday 19th January 2019
Winchester 1 Larkhall 0
Winchester achieved only their second home league win of the season and their first since the opening week of the season as they beat Larkhall 1-0 and moved above the Larks in the table and now occupy 10th position in the table. The winning goal was a good team effort and was scored by I K Hill in the 80th minute. Hill who has recently rejoined the club from Alresford had come on as a second half substitute.
Winchester made two changes to the starting line-up from Tuesday's game at Fleet with Tyrell Mitford and Ollie Griggs coming in for Simba Mlambo and Rob Carr. Reserve team players Fabio Manuel and Chey Jennings were on the Winchester bench.
Early on Larkhall's prolific striker Lewis Powell shot over after an initial shot was blocked and also saw another of his efforts hit the side netting. At the other end Winchester's Oli Bailey forced a save from Shaun Semmens in the Larkhall goal.
The nearest we came to a goal in the first half was when Wayne Nderemani whose industry as a wing back caused Winchester a few problems had an effort saved by Pryce with the follow up resulting in the visitors only being denied by the woodwork and a goal-line clearance. Pryce also made a couple of further important saves in the first half to keep the scores level. Winchester though had a couple of attacking moments at the end of the first half with firstly Joe Cook shooting over after Barron's initial shot was blocked and then Cook forced a save from Semmens in the closing moments of the game's first period.
Larkhall just about shaded the first half, but Winchester looked a more solid outfit in the game's second period. Both teams got in crucial blocks to cut out opposing attacks during the game's second period and an effort from Jamie Barron that was saved by Semmens was the only on target effort of note in the early part of the half, although the energetic Jake Rawkins was a major driving force for Winchester.
The all important goal came 10 minutes from time when I K Hill who replaced Tyrell Mitford in the second half finished an excellent move involving Jamie Barron and Joe Hayward with a low right foot shot from inside the area.
Following the goal Larkhall tried their best to find an equalizer with Pryce being called into action three times and Craig Davis bringing himself on for Oli Bailey. However Winchester who travel to Street on Saturday held on for their third win in a week.
Winchester's Christmas party scheduled for 20th December will be attended by more than 40 people and there will be a players meal after the Bristol Manor Farm match on 22nd December.
Winchester 1 Evesham 2
Winchester were beaten 2-1 at home by an Evesham team that had lost on their last three visits to Winchester's ground, but having reached the playoffs last season and having a good enthusiastic fanbase who turned up[ in good numbers despite it being an evening fixture which was rearranged due to Winchester's F A Cup exploits and the fact that in view of their potential their recent results had not been as good as expected, although with the league very open this year things could change quickly.
With Reece Rusher having recently left the club Winchester welcomed back Rob Carr, Early on the match was played at a fast and furious place with every ball being keenly contested and defenders making important interceptions. In the first minute Jamie Barron had a free kick that was saved and Josh Harfield headed just over from another Barron free kick. However Evesham began to get on top and were forcing several corners as well as free kicks in dangerous positions with Marley Thomas prominent in their attacking moves.
In the 39th minute a throw in taken near the corner flag on the left hand side results in Kyle Simpson giving Evesham the lead. Before half time a Jamie Barron corner is cleared off the line, while Evesham continue their pressure with a couple of corners.
Early in the second half Evesham are awarded a penalty for a foul on Kyle Simpson which Joe Tumelty converts to make Winchester's task even more difficult.
However the home team keep battling and a header from Josh Harfield hits the post, while Tyrell Mitford who was bought on as substitute early in the second half has an effort saved as does Ollie Griggs.
Winchester make their third substitution bringing on Jake Rawkins and five minutes after coming on Rob Carr scores with a looping header from one of his crosses, but Winchester could not find a leveller. Evesham manager Paul Collicutt was pleased with the effort of his players, but it was frustration for Winchester who lost their second consecutive league match.
Winchester 0 Yate 1
Winchester's search for a first league win since August Bank Holiday continues as they were beaten 1-0 by league leaders Yate which was their third consecutive loss , but it was a game they had enough possession to have won comfortably against the league leaders.
They made two changes to the starting line-up from Tuesday's match with Evesham. Tyrell Mitford and Jake Rawkins came in for Rob Carr who was unavailable and Brad Gale who was on the substitutes bench with some players switching positions to accommodate these changes.
Early on Simba Mlambo had an effort blocked, while at the other end Olly Mayhew shot narrowly wide. Olly Bailey was only fractionally off target and Tyrell Mitford had an effort deflected for a corner, but the nearest we came to a goal in the first half which Winchester had the better of was when Yate defender Elliott Keightly headed against his own woodwork.
In the second half Olly Bailey forced a good save from Thomas Lewis and despite losing Josh Harfield to injury which caused a reshuffle Winchester were even more dominant in the second half and only last ditch defending with Sam Boulton making three important blocks and shots that were just off target Winchester were unable to get the breakthrough they eagerly sought and you thought that this could come back to haunt them and in the 83rd minute substitute Sam Kamara combined with Mayhew to set up Joe Guest to score. Up to then Ryan Pryce in the Winchester goal only had routine saves to make.
Winchester introduced all three substitutes one of whom I K Hill forced a save from Lewis and seven minutes of additional time was played, but Winchester were unable to score a goal, with even the Yate supporters wondering whether Dick Turpin was still alive.
On Tuesday Winchester are away tom Fleet and on the following Saturday they are away to Slimbridge.
Winchester 1 Highworth 1
Winchester's attempt to obtain their first league win since August was thwarted when visitors Highworth who had been earlier reduced to 10 men converted a penalty with nine minutes to go.
Highworth who were last season promoted from the Hellenic Premier Division despite finishing third last season have made a reasonable start to this season and are joint leading goalscorers in the division. Their current captain is Wayne Turk formerly of Salisbury and one of their forwards is Callum Parsons who is a well known opponent of Winchester's from his Swindon Supermarine days. Highworth are also former Hellenic League champions and reached the semi finals of the F A Vase in 2014/15.
Winchester made two changes to the starting line-up from Tuesday's line up with Joe Hayward who was serving a 1 match ban being replaced by another former Eastleigh scholar Ollie Griggs at right back and Connor Cocklin being replaced by Brad Gale with Joe Cook wearing the number 5 shirt.
Before the game a minute's silence was observed for Life President Terry Bone whose funeral like that of another club stalwart Tina Elkins was held during the week and was well attended.
Winchester made as bright start coming close in the first minute and Oli Bailey having a shot saved at the expense of a corner. Callum Parsons shot wide with a powerfully struck effort, but Winchester continued to press and Ron Carr came close on a couple of occasions, once following a quickly taken free kick from Tyrell Mitford.
Toumamni Sidibi came close for the visitors who always looked dangerous on the break, while Jamie Barron hit the bar for the home team. Just as it was beginning to look very much that a lively first half was likely to end goalless Winchester took the lead a minute before the break with Oli Bailey scoring with a well executed chip.
In the second half both teams had half chances with Jamie Barron shooting over and Sean Wood having a shot saved for the visitors. However Winchester began to defend deeply and Toumani Sidibi who came close on one occasion was a threat.
However Sidibi was shown a straight red card for a foul on Jamie Barron which eventually led to the Winchester captain going off. Winchester had used three substitutes and with an extra man began to look more of an attacking threat with Carr coming close.
Ashley Edenborough had one shot saved for the visitors, but Winchester were looking comfortable until nine minutes from time the visitors were awarded a penalty. At the time many people did not see what this was awarded for, but it the indications were that it was for a push on Sean Wood. Edenborough though duly converted the penalty.
After the goal Winchester certainly increased the tempo in the search for the winner with substitute Liam Gilbewrt being involved in many of their attacks and the pace of Oli Bailey and Rob Carr always being a threat. They forced several corners and forced goalkeeper Connor Johns to make two crucial saves in added on time, but were unable to find a winning goal and had to settle for a draw in a game that they really should have won.
On Saturday Winchester are away to Barnstaple.