Bishops Cleeve 4-2 Winchester
Horrible night from start to finish to be honest! We are truly playing with over half a side and squad missing and it’s massively caught up with us this last week, we have tried hard to bring in some cover with a bit of pedigree but we really need to get the players back and quickly!
Today’s game was tough, they were fired up for it and the key was to start the game well, we didn’t and put in a really poor display! Conceded a poor goal after several chances to clear didn’t happen and they nipped into score, we responded well and got a goal from a pen by Jamie Barron, we had a couple of chances to score somehow saved and one cleared off the line but they quickly after that went 2-1 up with a horror OG from Danny King, then 3-1 up when a cross was dropped and tapped in! 3-1 down at half time.
Some home truths were told at half time and we came out and to be fair gave a much better display and chance after chance went begging or didn’t fall to us. I have to say the pitch was one of the worst I have seen but that is no excuse really as we should have been better. Also some unbelievable decisions from the referee but again that was not responsible for how bad the goals we conceded were. After all that pressure and pushing more and more men forward they scored a 4th from a pen on the break. We got one back with a nice bit of play and then a cross by Danny Cox touched in by Oli.
In the end we lose 4-2, huge dent to our hopes but we have to keep pushing now, regroup and get ready for to respond to this now on Saturday at home to Barnstaple!
Heads up everyone, we have to be better than that, the boys know that and we will make sure we are!
Up the citizens!
Winchester 2-0 Didcot
Well that was another eventful one but ultimately it’s a fantastic 3 points, those points came courtesy of a resolute display especially in the 1st half against that strong wind, then we came out and a wonder goal and a pen won us a crucial game against a decent side.
We were without Gilbert, Harfield and Cook who have been superb all year, to counteract that we signed Adam Brice from Gosport and put him straight in, plus Danny Cox who is well known to all at the club, plus Joe Sowden who is known to me having played at Camberley mainly, both of them were on the bench (both came on later in the game and did what we needed them to do) - Didcot has been flying and we had seen them several times, they are a good side and so we knew it would be tough especially in light of our injuries!
That’s how it proved in that first half, in fairness the wind which was seriously strong in the first half and that much wetter conditions at the clubhouse end was a huge factor! They penned us in and we had to defend well, which we did, plus a couple of good saves from Prycey got us in level!
2nd half was a different story, annoyingly the wind dropped significantly but even so we started on the front foot straight away and put them under a lot of pressure! We got the lead though with an absolutely stunning strike from the halfway line by Jamie Barron to give us a lead, this was doubled when Oli was brought down and their lad was sent off, (he should have gone in the 1st half!) Baz slotted the pen after a long wait, 2-0! Not long after Adam Brice got his marching orders for a 2nd booking and this lifted them. They had to throw caution to the wind and we absorbed that very well and didn’t allow them too many shots, we closed the game out very well, clean sheet and 3 points, job done!
We now have to prepare for a very difficult trip to Bristol Manor Farm, we really need the injured lads back soon, however we will train hard and go there full of confidence!
Great credit to the ground staff by the way, to get the game on when so many were off, they will now have to repair it which will be tough, as volunteers to the club we have to not forget this, massive appreciation from me and the staff and all of the players!
Well done to the boys and up the citizens!!
Mangotsfield 1-1 Winchester
Frustration is the overriding emotion today! A game that we had complete control of really and went ahead, didn’t give them a single sniff all day until 1 breakaway that we conceded a pen and 1-1! You always say a point on the road is never that bad however this one feels a lot worse than normal!
We have some injury issues at the moment and were without Josh Harfield and Liam Gilbert both from bad tackles on Wednesday, we also had Jamie Barron carrying his knee injury however he was pressed into action today, I played as well in place of Josh. We called reserve team captain Kieran Winman into the squad as well. 1st half was relatively end to end for a spell but we carved out a lot of chances that really had to be taken, we did have Prycey to thank for a couple of decent stops though. Joe Cook took an early knock and struggled onto 60/70 minutes before he has to go off! 0-0 at the break.
2nd half it was complete dominance and we didn’t give them a sniff all game, defended superbly and restricted them to 1 shot on and 1 shot off target! We dominated possession and pressed them completely. Eventually a goal from Jamie Barron got us ahead, chances came and went but they didn’t threaten at all, until a breakaway got them in and a pen was given and dispatched, 1-1 and we had to go again! We did that but no goal came, their cb was sent off for stopping a 1 on 1 by a handball and try as we might we couldn’t score!
Ultimately it’s a bad result for us as we went for the 3 points as our sole focus, however we got a point and we are still in the mix! We have to be more clinical though as that seems to have hurt us of late!
Heads up to everyone and let’s hope we can get some of the injured lads back and prepare for a big game at home to Didcot next week!
Up the citizens!!
Kidlington 1-1 Winchester City
I have to say that is a very good point on the road, tricky conditions against a good side who seem to have been a bit of a bogey side to us, traffic issues meaning we had a lot of late arrivals, 1-0 down and kept going to get a point in the last minute!! Far from the perfect night but very proud of the efforts and a decent result!
We had no Jamie Barron still missing, Andy Jenkinson unavailable due to work, we had to push Kinger in earlier than we would have liked following over a month out. Game started and we were very bright and penned them in but didn’t create a lot, they took a lead with a rebounded pen after Prycey had made a very good save! That was the score at half time.
2nd half was tough slightly against the wind, we battled hard without ever really getting our game going, in the end sheer endeavour got us a deserved equaliser as 10 shots (7 on target, to their 4 shots showed how well
We kept going), we got our goal from Coxy stabbing into the top corner for 1-1 in the last minute.
Great point in the end, we kept going and I’m proud of them for that. Unfortunately Josh Harfield picked up a very bad cut injury to his leg after a horrible challenge and will need some hospital treatment for it, we wish him well and need him back as he has been massive for us especially in these last 2 games.
We now recover and get ourselves ready for another big game on Saturday!
Well done the lads! Up the citizens!
Bristol Manor Farm 4 Winchester City 1
For the second time this season Bristol Manor Farm came from a goal behind to beat Winchester City. With Joe Cook and Liam Gilbert still injured, Andy Jenkinson ands Rob Carr having work commitments, Adam Brice serving a one match ban and Simba Mlamnbo ill, Winchester made two changes to the starting line-up from Saturday with Josh Harfield and I K Hill coming in for Carr and Brice with two new signings and three youngsters on the bench.
Bristol Manor Farm are having a good season following promotion from the Great Mills Western League and their performances on the pitch have seen attendances improve.
Early on Troy Simpson hit the side netting for the home side, while Dean Stamp put in a dangerous cross that thankfully no home player was able to get a touch to.
However in the 15th minute Oli Bailey put Dan Willianson through and he made no mistake. Oli Bailey then chased a ball from Joe Hayward, but even with his pace the Bristol Manor Farm was able to get to the ball before him.
However the home side drew level after 1q5 minutes when Dean Stamp set up Troy Simpson to score.
Both teams had chances during the remainder of the half. Pat Cox and Dan Williamson had efforts saved, I K Hill had an effort blocked, while the home side hit the top of the bar, Stamp coming close with a cleverly intended lob and Winchester having to make a couple of important blocks one of them from goalkeeper Ryan Pryce. However on the stroke of half time the home team took the lead when after an effort from Stamp was deflected for a corner Ryan Mills headed home the resulting corner kick.
Winchester started the second half brightly with Stuart Tovey making an important interception to keep out Oli Bailey and Dan Williamson having an effort deflected for a corner. At the other end Troy Simpson's effort went just across the goal. Danny King's cross saw Jamie Barron and Williamson combine, although this did not result in an on target effort being produced.
Ryan Pryce then saved from home captain Jprdan Metters. However in the 75th minute a good cross from Metters was met with a low close range header from Jay Adams. A minute later the game was effectively over as a contest when once again a corner was converted this time with his feet by Lloyd Mills.
After this Winchester never looked likely to ibnget back in the game and the nearest we came to a further goal was when Pryce made two excellent saves from Stamp, one of which a tip over the bar was particularly good.
With a couple of injuries being picked up during the game Winchester used all three substitutes bringing on new signings Joe Sowden and Danny Cox plus youngster Josh McCormick.
After Tuesday's trip to Bishops Cleeve Winchester are at home to Barnstaple on Saturday.
Despite the defeat manager Craig Davis was proud of his player for the effort they put in by his players in the circumstances.
Winchester 2 Didcot 0
Winchester 2 Cinderford 0
The last there matches between Winchester and Cinderford had finished all square, but Winchester won this encounter 2-0 with a goal in each half in what manager Craig Davis described as a "solid performance in which we well worked as a team with central defender Josh Harfield the stand-out performer".
Cinderford who were relegated from the Premier Division last season having finished champions the previous season were just below mid-table, ands had earlier in the season only drawn with Winchester despite having a two goal half time lead.
Winchester made one change from Tuesday's game with Alresford with Simba Mlambo replacing Joe Hayward who dropped to the bench with Dan Williamson reverting to right back.
Early on Rob Carr created a half chance for Oli Bailey whose effort was saved by Joe Perry in the visitors goal, while Andy Jenkibson put in a croos that no-0one could get on the end of. However Winchester did take the lead in the 13th minute when after Perry tipped over an effort from Liam Gilbert, from the resulting corner Gilbert got the decisive touch to Carr's delivery.
The Winchester defence was working well as a unit and with light rain causing slippery conditions throughout the game they made some important interceptions to keep the visitors out.
Cinderford though had a great chance to draw level before the break when after Ryan Pryce had made a good save to deny Lewis Bamford in his efforts to stop the same player following up he was adjudged to have bought down the Cinderford forward, but the Winchester goalkeeper made a good save from Bamford's spot kick. Slightly ironically in the corresponding match two years ago Warren Bentley missing a penalty caused Winchester Director of football Dave Malone still away in India to try his luck at taking penalty kicks after the game.
Although Cinderford did force Winchester to defend deeply at tines, Rob Carr came close to adding a second, while a cross from Andy Jenkinson had to be intercepted at the expense of a corner as Winchester ked 1-0 at the interval.
Early in the second half good play by Bailey set up Mlambo whose effort was well off target. At the other end Jenkinson made an important interception to keep Cinderford out.
Both goalkeepers were then called into action with Perry making a good save from Carr. Perry also saved from Cox and just did enough to prevent Oli Bailey following up to score.
Winchester did however make it 2-0 in the 63rd minute when Pat Cox converted a cross from Bailey.
Shortly afterwards there was a 25 minute delay when Cinderford player Dan Clare collided with his own player and suffered a bad knee which led to an ambulance being called, Dan Clare collided with his own player and suffered a bad knee injury which led to play being delayed for 25 minutes while an ambulance was called, with everyone wishing him a speedy recovery.
After the resumption Winchester who bought on Joe Hayward for Williamson always looked comfortable and Mlambo forced a further save from Perry.
This was a great result for manager Davis who had turned down an approach from s fellow Southern League club and seen his team move up to 6th in the table.
Winchester are away to Kidlington on Wednesday and away to Mangotsfield on Saturday.
Winchester 4 Alresford 3
Winchester reached the semi finals of the Hampshire Senior Cup for the third successive season as they beat Sydenhams Wessex League club 4-3 in an eventful match. The Alresford team contained former Winchester favourite Geoff Dunn and had other familiar names such as Sam Doswell and Aaron Blaxall although Chris Mason was not playing and Ben White was cup-tied.
Winchester made one change to the starting line-up from Wednesday's game at Slimbridge with Rob Carr replacing the injured Jamie Barron with other positional changes being made to accommodate this and Adam Tomasso assuming the captaincy,
Early on a good run by Carr resulted in the ball being put through to Oli Bailey and an Alresford player in trying to clear forced visiting goalkeeper Daniel Kempson to make a save. The Alresford goalkeeper had a further save to make, but Winchester took the lead when a long throw by Joe Hayward was flicked on for Bailey to score.
It was then the turn of Winchester goalkeeper Ryan Pryce to make a good save, but Alresford drew level in the 33rd minute when Craig Harding got a decisive touch to a cross from the left.
Both teams had their attacking moments in the half, but it remained 1-1 at the interval.
There was a lively start to the second half with another Joe Hayward long throw led to a goalmouth scramble which resulted in a good save from Kempson. Sam Doswell made an important interception to keep Winchester out, while at the other end Tom Richards came close with a free kick.
Winchester however regained the lead in the 52nd minute when Liam Gilbert did well to keep the ball in on the right hand side and Rob Carr being the quickest to reach his cross.
Winchester looked to have made the game safe when from a foul on Oli Bailey the penalty kick was converted by Pat Cox in the 73rd minute. Substitute I K Hill also forced a good save from Kempson, but in the 80th minute Alresford pulled a goal back when Emmanuel Yeboah scored from outside the area.
A couple of minutes after the goal Alresford's Tom Richards received a second yellow card. However in the 87th minute a cross was not cleared and the ball broke to Sam Burt who scored at close range.
Despite being disappointed with their defending which led to Alresford pulling back the two goal deficit Winchester scored the winning goal in the 90th minute when Pat Cox scored after a corner was not cleared.
Even after this both teams were able to muster some attacks and there were other near misses in the game, but Winchester achieved their objective of reaching the semi final.