Winchester 4 Bridgwater 1
Winchester obtained their first Saturday points this season as they beat bottom of the table Bridgwater Town 4-1 having come from behind to win the three points.
The one change from Saturday's F A cup win against Truro saw Adam Tomasso who also featured in the Hampshire Senior Cup win against Blackfield come in right back. The Bridgwater team contained two on loan Eastleigh players in goalkeeper Mark Childs and Ollie Griggs and are managed by Craig Laird who had a successful previous spell at the club, and also successfully managed Weston Super Mare in the National League South.
Early on Stuart Green forced a save from Childs, but Winchester fell behind in the 14th minute when a free kick from the right by Kurt Robinson was headed home by Harry Horton.
After appearing to be initially shaken by the goal Winchester then responded with two goals in two minutes. Firstly a penalty was awarded for a foul on Howard Neighbour and Neighbour converted the penalty himself when the ball was headed across goal and Stuart Green was on hand to score with the goalkeeper rooted to the spot.
Winchester's task was made easier when Harry Horton who had already been booked received a second yellow card. Shortly before half time it was 3-1 when a cross from Adam Roberts was headed across goal by Craig Feeney for Howard Neighbour to head home.
With a two goal and one man advantage the second half was fairly comfortable for Winchester and Lewis Noice hardly had a shot to save. Ross Bottomley forced a couple of good saves from Childs and Howard Neighnour had a shot cleared off the line, but with quarter of an hour from time a corner was not cleared and Stuart Green was on hand to score his second goal of the game and complete the victory against a young Bridgwater team that moved Winchester two places up the table.
On Tuesday Winchester travel to Wantage and on the following Saturday they make their eagerly awaited trip to Harrow Borough in the F A Cup for which a supporters coach is running.
Winchester City 6 Blackfield And Langley 0
Winchester reached the last 16 of the Hampshire Senior Cup, a competition they were losing finalists in last season with a 6-0 win against a Blackfield team that went into the match as unbeaten leaders of the Sydenhams Wessex League and fielded most of their more familiar names which included former Winchester players Jamie White and Liam Robinson, and the experienced Tim Sills who was playing in the back four.
Winchester themselves made five changes to the starting line-up from Saturday with Robbie Matthews, Jason Silver, Danny King, Sam Wilson and Matthew Evans coming in and Adam Roberts, Ross Bottomley and Craig Feeney dropping to the bench.
The first half was very even with both teams having chances and both goalkeepers being called onto make good saves. Carl Preston came the closest to scoring for the visitors, but Wilson opened the scoring right at the end of the half and when the same player scored his second five minutes into the half and completed his hat-trick midway through the second half from the penalty spot the result was never in doubt, and Winchester looked likely to add further goals.
Howard Neighbour added two further goals within 4 minutes of each other and Joe Briggs added a 6th in the 87th minute to make it 10 goals in 2 cup games in the week. Carl Preston did force one good save from Lewis Noice, but Winchester's attacking play ensured that they very much controlled the second half, and Sam Beale in the Blackfield goal was the busier of the two goalkeepers making some good saves during the course of the game.
WINCHESTER CITY 4 TRURO CITY 0