Winchester City 6-1 Slimbridge
Another brilliant result and display, playing against a side who always cause us problems, to produce another performance like that and to win 6-1 in atrocious windy conditions was very pleasing!!
We went into it without Rob Carr and Brett Cunningham injured although not too far away from return, plus long term absentees Griggsy and George Short, we did welcome new signing David Jerrard into the squad though. We started with the same lineup as last weekends great win against Street.
We were playing into the very strong wind first half, we started very brightly in fairness but couldn’t get ahead, they then showed they are a very capable side by breaking forward to score after having Prycey made a great save just before, we then had a 10-15 minute poor spell before we gradually worked our way into the game. Oli scored a one on one after a great ball from Baz, then Sim scored after we had the ball blocked on the line several times to put us 2-1 ahead. Next a handball after a great move and cross by Oli resulted in a penalty that Baz tucked away, then it was 4 with Josh scoring a header from a Baz corner, 4-1 at the break, plus them down to 10 men as their forward had 2 very obvious yellow cards midway through the first half.
We sent the lads back out wanting to control the game, not get caught trying to score goals and leaving it open, we wanted to control possession which we did very well and they rarely got a hold of the ball 2nd half. We scored from Simba with a nice finish, then wrapped it up 6-1 with IK who again had been brilliant scoring a good goal. In between that we hit the woodwork several times and could have had a lot more. We also rested Baz, Oli and Sim which was good as they are carrying a few knocks, the subs all came on and did very well.
All in all a brilliant result for us and very pleasing! We just have to keep it going now! Next up is a trip to Larkhall which is a tough game, they are a decent side and so we will need to prepare properly for that one. We will train hard as always and go there full of confidence.
Well done to all the boys!
Up the citizens!
Winchester City 5-0 Street
What a fantastic result and performance that was, I was so pleased with the lads the way that they controlled the game from the very start, came out with real fire early on, took a grip of the game and then won it very well, against what believe me are a very good side who had a great defensive record as well before today! Well done boys!
We had a bit of bad news in the morning with Rob Carr unwell and unable to play, so we gave IK Hill a start and brought Liam Gilbert back in from Tuesdays starting lineup. We started on the front foot against a very strong wind to be fair, we penned them back and quickly went ahead with a flowing move Joe Hayward volleyed at goal, keeper saved but Oli nodded the rebound in. We went further ahead when their keeper came out and headed a ball over the top and IK volleyed in superbly! Then it was 3 with another move own the right and Joe Hayward crossed and Baz finished well inside the box. 3-0 at the break.
Second half we pushed on further and were very ruthless, scoring very early on with Gilly driving forward and hitting the post, the rebound was tucked away by Oli again. Fairly quickly we got a 5th with a brilliant through ball from Baz allowed Oli to run on goal and round the keeper to complete his hattrick 5-0!! At that point we took the opportunity to rest Baz, Oli and Josh and bring on Rawks, Ty and Williams. We continued to control the game and could have had a few more, we also had a great save from the otherwise very quiet Ryan Pryce. Very good game management at the end to run out 5-0 winners, as I said even more impressive as they are a decent side who had a great defensive record.
Really proud of the lads, they were hurt after Tuesday and I organised a get together for the lads as a surprise at training, this had the desired effect as they all enjoyed it and were refreshed today, was good to get a few supporters there for it as well! We have a brilliant group of players and they are a pleasure to manage, I just hope they can keep pushing on and get what they deserve at the end of the season! Today they were absolutely brilliant, well done lads!
Next up we have the extremely tough game against Totton, we know that will be difficult but we go into it full of confidence, whatever happens I know our boys will give their all and let’s hope that will be enough for us.
Well done again boys!
Up the citizens!
Winchester City 3-4 AFC Stoneham
Sometimes I hate football!!! Just when things are going well you get a kick like tonight! To score 3 goals and still lose the game is just not good enough from the group, 3 of the goals were truly awful, 2 OGs and one really poor defensive error has cost us dearly today, saying that though we didn’t play well enough in general play either. Very disappointing but well done to Stoneham on their win.
We went into the game with a few changes from Saturday but a strong side nonetheless. Pitch was very good and I was confident we would move the ball around well! Sadly that didnt really happen although we did open them up a fair few times but nowhere near enough, we went ahead when Joe Hayward burst down the right and Oli Bailey finished, that should have been the catalyst to go on... instead we sleep walked our way into conceding and suddenly it was 1-1 at the break.
Came out second half after the break and scored from a Simba header, we looked quite comfortable at that point but a cross was put in too easily and Kinger put it into his own net... we went straight up the other end and scored with a good finish by Oli... then they equalised when Josh made an uncharacteristic error that allowed them into score an equaliser. Then right at the death another OG this time by Joe Hayward and we had lost!!
It’s a real shame for the lads to miss out on the showpiece final, it will hurt them a lot and I hope it does and pushes them on! Today our defending was poor... however of late they have been magnificent and so I won’t let them take the blame. We attack and defend as a team! We win, lose and draw as a team! They have all been phenomenal this season, we have to play at our absolute maximum to win games in this league and that can be draining, hopefully today will give them a real push for what I truly see as the more important game at the weekend.
Sorry for the whole club that we have failed tonight, let’s not lose sight of what these boys have done and they will be hurting! Hopefully we can raise them for Saturday at home to Street! We picked up a fair few injuries as well tonight, Baz having to come off and 3/4 carrying niggles late in the game, let’s get them all lifted and ready for the weekend!
Up the citizens.
Bideford 1-0 Winchester City
All good things have to come to an end at some point, it was a tough game in rubbish conditions against an extremely physical and direct side! Annoyingly we dealt with the long ball stuff fairly well and it was the 1 bit of quality they produced and it was a stunning strike to be fair!
Unfortunately we were without Rob Carr due to work commitments and Graham Williams who had a family health issue that meant he missed the game with our blessing! Also Griggsy travelled but during the warm up he was not fit enough to be on the bench. Game had very little quality about it, we didn’t get our game going apart from a few passages of play that were good. They were launching it from back to front constantly and long throws getting set up on both sides. In fact a comment from their bench to the keeper who was thumping it long was ‘kick it higher still!’ It really was tough to deal with it. We came in 0-0 and had played the better football although wasn’t really anything in the game.
2nd half, more of the same... although I thought we were a bit more on the front foot initially. Again though very little created at either end, then their forward got in on the right hand side and unleashed a fantastic strike to give them the crucial lead. We huffed and puffed but couldn’t get the gilt edged chance, we did hit the post through a great strike by Ty but couldn’t get level. Well done to Bideford on their win!
I absolutely won’t be critical of the boys, run they have been on has been phenomenal, we just have to try and get on another decent run again if we can! We have a game against Stoneham with a St Mary’s final at stake, we will give that a good go, although Saturday is most important to us at home to Street!
Big thanks to the great support today again, first class as always!
Up the citizens!
Winchester 5 Street 0
Winchester made it 12 goals from 2 home league games as they beat Street 5-0 and remained in 6th place just outside the playoff positions.
Street in their first season in the Southern League have consolidated their newly won status and went into this match four points behind Winchester. However they have lost all three games between the clubs having lost 2-0 in the return fixture and were beaten 4-2 two seasons ago in an F A Cup tie with Craig Herrod and Steve Murray both of whom played on Saturday scoring their goals, in fact Murray was captain of Saturday's team.
For Winchester Rob Carr was missing through illness which meant a rare start for I K Hill with Liam Gilbert returning in place of Tyrell Mitford who dropped to the bench as the only other change to the starting line-up from Tuesday. Winchester named only four substitutes.
Early on I K Hill did very well to keep the ball in play and although his cross did not have an end product it was a sign that he was ready to make use of his opportunity. Winchester however did take the lead in the 11th minute when the Street goalkeeper was unable to hold on to Joe Hayward's effort and Oli Bailey headed home. Eight minutes later IK Hill made it 2-0 when he scored with a well executed lob.
Despite the fact that Murray forced a save from Ryan Pryce in the Winchester goal the home team continued to look dangerous. Street were only just able to clear a Jamie Barron free kick and Oli Bailey also came close. It was 3-0 when Jamie Barron was able to get on the end of Joe Hayward's cross.
It was a good first half for Winchester who If anything had the worse of the wind conditions. Any hope Street had of getting back in the match were ended in the opening minute of the second half when Liam Gilbert hit the post and Oli Bailey followed up to score. Ten minutes later Jamie Barron put Oli Bailey clean through and he rounded the goalkeeper before slotting home. It enabled Bailey to complete his hat-trick and after the game he was presented with the match ball.
With the game effectively won Winchester took off Oli Bailey and Jamie Barron and later Josh Harfield and replaced them with Tyrell Mitford, Jake Rawkins and George Williams. The rest of the game was fairly uneventful although Street's Dave O'Hare had a shot saved and substitute Phil Ormerod shot wide.
Winchester are at home to Totton on Tuesday and Slimbridge on Saturday.
Winchester 3 AFC Stoneham 4
Winchester were beaten 4-3 by AFC Stoneham in the Southampton Senior Cup semi final played at Hamble Club.
Last season's Russell Cotes Cup finalists AFC Stoneham are3 developing a habit of giant killing and Winchester were the seventh club from a higher level that they have beaten this season and the third in the Southampton Senior Cup. These cup heroics include an F A Cup success against Westfield who currently occupy a playoff position in a league at the same level as Winchester.
The two teams would have met in this season's F A Cup had AFC Stoneham beaten Cirencester, but despite their F A Cup heroics it was further cup frustration who went out of three cup competitions at the first hurdle on penalty kicks and for the second time exited a competition after a game in which they held the league three times.
Winchester made two changes to the starting line-up from Saturday with Rob Carr returning and Tyrell Mitford starting. Jake Rawkins dropped to the bench and Liam Gilbert did not feature.
Winchester took the leads in the 20th minute when Joe Hayward set up Oli Bailey who followed up to score after the goalkeeper had saved his initial effort. Five minutes later Simba Mlambo hit the side netting, while Joe Cook headed over following a Jamie Barron corner. However former Winchester City striker Zach Glasspool levelled the scores with an effort from the edge of the box and although Simba Mlambo came close to restoring Winchester's lead it was 1-1 at the interval.
Jake Rawkins who had come on for Tyrell Mitford shot wide for Winchester and shortly afterwards player manager Craig is replaced captain Jamie Barron.
Winchester did however regain the lead eight minutes into the second half when Simba Mlambo headed home a cross from Jamie Barron. A minute later Ryan Pryce in the Winchester goal made a good save to keep AFC Stoneham out.
AFC Stoneham drew level with a second goal that Zach Glasspool will claim although many people will regard it as a Danny King own goal. Winchester however quickly restored their lead with Oli Bailey scoring following a one on one with the goalkeeper.
AFC Stoneham though showed their resilience by again drawing level this time through Sergio Caballero who scored shortly after coming on to replace Zach Glasspool.
Although Mlambo shot over for Winchester in the 3rd minute of added on time a set piece resulted in Ben Clarke heading home although the ball was deflected in by Joe Hayward. It was the first time AFC Stoneham had led all evening, but that will be of little consolation for Winchester who have now to concentrate on the league. while the never say die AFC Stoneham who will go second in their league if they win their games in hand have a cup final to look forward to.
Bideford 1 Winchester City 0
Winchester suffered their first defeat of 2019, but remain in sixth place, three points below fifth place Evesham with two games in hand. This result means that they have only picked up one point in their last four games against Bideford who are in mid-table, but in a closely contested league are by no means out of the promotion race.
Winchester were without Rob Carr who was working which meant a start for Jake Rawkins as the only change to the starting line-up from Saturday. Graham Williams was also unavailable and Ollie Griggs also travelled, but was not fit enough to be on the substitutes bench.
As was the case in the first bench between the teams conditions did not make good football easy. Early on Sean Downing shoots just over, while at the other end Jamie Barron sets up Jake Rawkins whose effort is saved by home goalkeeper Joe Moore.
Ryan Pryce made a good save to deny Billy Tucker and Liam Gilbert shot just wide, but it was still goalless at the interval.
Downing who has been a thorn in Winchester's flesh in the past then has an effort blocked, while Josh Harfield headed just wide following a Jamie Barron free kick, while Ryan Pryce made a good save to keep out a Toby Down header at close range.
Both teams made substitutions with Tyrell Mitford and I K Hill coming on for Winchester, but although the visitors put some dangerous crosses into the box they came to nothing it was the home team that took the lead with 15 minutes to go with a superbly struck half volley from Ryan Turner.
After the goal Winchester tried hard to get back in the game with Jamie Barron having a shot blocked, Josh Harfield hitting the side netting and in added on time Tyrell Mitford hit the post. However despite once again having good travelling support it was not to be and Winchester's unbeaten run came to an end.
Winchester are at home to Street ion Saturday and at home to AFC Totton on the following Tuesday.
Highworth 1 Winchester City 4
This was a game where use of the dead ball was key with two of Winchester's goals coming from free kicks and one from a corner, while Highworth's solitary goal came from a free kick. It is also worth noting that in the return fixture Highworth scored their only goal from the penalty spot to earn a 1-1 draw in a game where it was perhaps fair to say that we were disappointed not to pick up all three points.
Highworth in their first season at this level following promotion from the Hellenic League have consolidated their newly won status, but have had both winning and losing runs and this was their fourth consecutive loss in contrast to Winchester who were extending their winning run.
Winchester opted to start with the team that started the second half of the game against Barnstaple in which they scored six of their seven goals in that game with Joe Hayward and Joe Cook retaining their places and Graham Williams and Jake Rawkins being on the bench.
Early on A Jamie Barron free kick is blocked with Rob Carr shooting just wide from the follow up. At the other end a good run from Darren Jefferies ends with him shooting just wide, but Highworth take the lead in the 21st minute when the same player scores with a superbly stuck free kick.
However the lead only lasted 10 minutes as from a Jamie Barron free kick the ball is flicked on by Simba Mlambo for Josh Harfield to score. Six minutes later Winchester took the lead when Joe Cook headed home following a Jamie Barron. Three minutes before half time Josh Harfield at the back post fires home for his second goal of the game following a Jamie Barron free kick.
All of the goals in the first half have come from dead ball situations. Winchester though started the second half well with Jamie Barron having a shot saved early on and six minutes into the half the Winchester skipper set up Oli Bailey who produced a good finish.
Even with a three goal advantage Winchester continued to look the team more likely to score and the home goalkeeper had to make saves from Jamie Barron, Simba Mlambo and Rob Flooks and although the home team had one effort which was just wide Winchester at this stage were very much in the ascendancy and very much deserved their victory, and their fans turned out in good numbers amongst a crowd of 134. In the game's second period Winchester introduced Graham Williams, Jake Rawkins and IK Hill as second half substitutes.