Winchester City 2 AFC Totton 1
A healthy crowd of 206 saw Winchester beat AFC Totton 2-1 in a local derby with Simba Mlambo scoring his second brace in successive
games. AFC Totton have finished 10th in each of the last two seasons,
but have lost some players from last season,, but their team contained former Winchester players Craig Feeney and Dave Allen. Winchester made three changes to the starting line-up from Saturday with Ollie Balmer, Oli Bailey and Danny King coming in for I K Hill, Rob Carr and Liam Gilbert with the first named being on the substitutes bench.
Winchester made a positive start with AFC Totton goalkeeper Archie Matthews
having to save a shot and a header from Simba Mlambo in the first 10 minutes.
At the other end Rob Flooks made an important block to keep out Liam Callaghan.
Winchester though continued to press and apart from having a strong appeal
for a penalty for hand ball turned down they came close on other occasions
with Mlambo, Griggs and Balmer all farcing further saves from Matthews
and Danny King having one effort go across the goal. On a couple of occasions
Matthews just beat Bailey to a loose ball. At the other end Robin Nicholls
shot just wide for the visitors, but Winchester had very much the better of the
first half. However just as it looked as though the first half was going to end
goalless Janie Barron set up Simba Mlambo for the opener just before the
Although Rob Flooks had a header that went just wide AFC Totton came
more into the game in the second half with Liam Callaghan coming close
with a free kick and Ryan Pryce who had hardly anything to do in the first half
being called into action. Winchester however were desperately unlucky not
to score asecond when a free kick by Ollie Balmer hit the cross bar. Midway through the half the visitors drew level through
Winchester came close to regaining the lead with Balmer having a header saved, Bailey shooting just wide and Kieran Douglas heading just wide,. They scored the second through Simba Mlambo's header from Danny King's cross with 7 minutes to go and although the visitors tried hard to get back in the game Winchester who bought on Max Smith, I K Hill and Jack Francis as second half substitutes were able to complete the win.
Bristol Manor Farm 3 Winchester City 3
Winchester picked up their first point in five league matches against
Bristol Manor Farm and showed great resilience in coming back from 3-1 to earn a share of the spoils.
In three of the previous four defeats they scored first and lost so the comeback
was particularly meritorious as they started off the season with a point.
Their hero was Simba Mlambo who scored two and made one, while for the
second successive time in this fixture Lewis Bamford scored a brace for the
Winchester''s preparation did not got off to the best start with Keith Emmerson
and Danny King unavailable to add to the fact that Ollie Balmer was injured.
For the second successive time in this fixture striker Oli Bailey who has been a
major goalscorer for the club in the last two years was on the bench.
Winchester fell behind in the 8th minute when Bamford held on to the ball well,
held off a challenge and scored from inside the area.
However Winchester drew level when Jamie Barron put through Mlambo who
won a one on with the home goalkeeper.
Mlambo was denied by a block by a home defender, but the home side regained the lead when Banford scored with a low shot in the corner from inside the area.
In the second half Winchester bought on Max Smith and Ollie Bailey for Ollie Griggs and Liam Gilbert.
Midway through the half Bristol Manor Farm were reduced to 10 men when Jack Durrant received a second yellow card.
Shortly after the sending off Bristol Manor Farm restored their two goal lead when close season signing Joe Tumelty who had come on a second half substitute scored directly with a free kick that appeared to take a deflection.
Three minutes after falling two goals behind Winchester pulled a goal back when from a Mlambo cross Rob Carr volleyed home from close range.
With 10 minutes to go Mlambo again won a one on one with the goalkeeper and managed to round him and level the scores and that is the way it stood until the end.
CITY SUCCUMB TO MAGPIES
WINCHESTER CITY lost 5-3 away at Dorchester Town in a dramatic pre-season friendly at The Avenue Stadium.
It was City who took the lead in Dorset, thanks to former Dorchester Town and Poole Town forward, Olly Balmer. Callum Rose equalised for the Magpies when Callum Rose headed past Ryan Pryce in the City goal. River Smith won Dorchester a penalty on 33 minutes and that was duly dispatched by Charlie Davis. Several minutes later and it was all-square once again when Danny King volleyed home. City then restored their advantage, a lead which they took into half-time, thanks to a header from new signing, Kieran Douglas.
The game became heated early in the second-half when Antonio Diaz and Jamie Barron both saw red for their respective sides. Diaz was tripped by Barron and reacted angrily and following this a brawl ensued.
Dorchester responded better to being reduced to ten men and equalised again when Charlie Davis' effort deflected in.
Dan Strugnell and Tom Blair scored late goals to seal the win for Dorchester in their final pre-season friendly.
City ended the game with a host of youngsters on the pitch including last seasons' Under 18 captain, Jack Francis and Under-16 prospect, Ewan Haylor.
City shock Saints (Southampton U23 2-2 Winchester City)
Winchester City FC turned in an impressive display as they drew 2-2 away at Southampton FC Under 23 side at Staplewood, Saints' training ground.
The young Saints, managed by former defender Radhi Jaidi, came into the game on the back of a 3-0 home win against AFC Totton, whilst City also won last time out, 3-2 away at Ringwood Town.
City started brightly though and after several corners went ahead thanks to a powerful header from defender, Rob Flooks. Southampton passed the ball around fluidly and were a constant threat on the ball but City defender well throughout. Saints did eventually equalise with a volley inside the penalty area shortly before half-time.
However, shortly after the restart, City restore their advantage. Experienced Midfielder, Jamie Barron, finished superbly from 20-yards with a well executed curling effort. Saints looked for a leveller, but the closest they came was when they rattled the crossbar before firing the rebound over the bar.
As with many friendlies, the second-half was largely disrupted by multiple substitutions. However, it was Southampton who finished the game the strongest and the Premier League outfit fired home in off the post with four minutes remaining to salvage a draw.
City take on Hamworthy United next away on Tuesday as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to pre-season.
Winchester City 2-1 AFC Totton
great win for us in the end on a night when we really should have been making life a lot easier for ourselves in my opinion, we should have been out of sight really at the break and in the end had to fight back and get a winner, I guess long term that’s a better way to win though as that’s twice already we have shown character to come back from disappointment to get a more positive result!
So we went into the game with Danny King back but Rob Carr away, plus Keith Emmerson away plus Liam Gilbert unavailable due to work... so we made changes and also tactically some changes from Saturday. To be fair we dominated the whole of the 1st half with them barely in the game and chance after chance went begging, then an absolute stonewall handball penalty not given, we did though manage to score a fantastic breakaway counter attack goal, with Simba slotting in superbly well for a 1-0 lead at break.
2nd half we didn’t really come out with same intensity and they showed a bit more energy and invention than they had, we needed to try and get a grip on it again, just as we were doing that they popped up and scored to level up and it felt like two missed chances would kill us. To be fair we wrestled the control back a lot more after that and missed a couple of good chances again but did get the winner with a fine cross from Kinger was bullet headed in by Sim for his 4th goal in 2 games! We held out well after that to be fair for the last few minutes for a good win that we should have killed off but in the end had to nick it late on.
So that’s a decent start to the season, 4 from 6 points and both on paper tough games we thought and so it proved, however we are delighted, especially as we have a few availability issues through the whole of August sadly, roll on September to be honest!!!
Next we are onto Stoneham in fa cup Friday which will be tough, we know that only too well after they knocked us out the Soton Snr cup semi last year and have started the season very well. We will need to dust ourselves down and get ready for that one, look forward to it though!
Up the citizens!!!!
Bristol Manor Farm 3-3 Winchester City
A really entertaining game and in the main a tremendous performance away against our bogey side who we haven’t picked anything up from in the 4 previous games between the clubs, not only that we had to do it without Emmo away, Kinger work and Balmer injured and not quite fit to play a part. We also had to come back from 1-0 and 3-1 down, to keep going and nick a point from that but really we did more than enough to win the game, it’s a solid start and I am content with that, especially as our fitness levels were a lot higher than theirs as well which is also pleasing!
We started the game ok but went behind early to the excellent Bamford, we pulled level with Simba scoring with a typically non stop effort goal chasing lost causes, we were on top at this point but again Bamford scored and we came in 2-1 down.
Second half we dominated for very long spells of it, we made a couple of changes and slight shape adjustments and they had a player sent off for 2 bookings, almost immediately though we gave away a dubious free kick and scored to go 3-1 up and they celebrated hard as if it was game dead! We didn’t give up though and a brilliant worked goal was finished superbly by Rob Carr and we then got level when Baz battled to get the ball back and played in Sim who nicked it past the keeper and scored. Try as we might we couldn’t quite get the winner we probably deserved as they didn’t have any other shots to test prycey with other than the goals, however all things into consideration it’s a decent point against a side with resources we could only dream of!
We now have to regroup and get ready for a home game against local rivals Totton and as always that will be a very tough match for us, it is one we look forward to though!
Good point on the road, thanks for the support as always and roll on the next game and a busy week or so of action.
Up the citizens!
Dorchester 5-3 Winchester City
Well that was entertaining!! Playing against a step 3 side who fancy themselves to do well this year, on their 3G, also they had publicly said that they were treating it like a league game as it’s their last one before the start, so it was likely to be tough however the display was fantastic, the 5-3 defeat scoreline doesn’t tell a full story, although as always results are fairly irrelevant generally to me, it’s about learning something and we got plenty today.
We had no Oli Bailey or Keith Emmerson today, other than that we were full strength. They play the ball around at the back and then launch it to their big CF Bath and we dealt with that well, however they were very dangerous from corners and free kicks and scored from 3 of them!! We played a very good brand of football and worked 2 very good goals and a set piece of our own. We went 1-0 up through Olly Balmer , then 2-1 down... then scored 2 from Danny King in his slightly more advanced role we are asking him to do. Then 3-2 up through Kieran Douglas and that was half time score.
Second half the game changed on a moment of madness from their 7 and the referee!! Baz fouled their player and he lashed out at Baz and a melee insued, Their player was sent off as was jamie for apparently punching which is a nonsense! So in changing things around they equalised! 3-3! After that we made a host of subs and ended the game with 18/18/16/17/19/19/19 year olds and they scored 2 later on in the game and we lost 5-3, however so many positives to take from it!
Thanks to Dorchester for the game and all the best to them.. for us a bit more tweaking to do in last 2 tough games ahead starting with Blackfield on Tuesday!
Roll on 2 weeks time!!
Up the citizens
Bashley 3-0 Winchester City
n a night where we left all 11 out who started against Havant and brought a number of the development squad in as well as played a few of the lads pushing to get into the side some minutes, it’s fair to say that very few of any took their chance, Bashley are a fairly robust side in Wessex prem and took the game by scruff of neck more than most of our lads! There were a few positives though! Only just turned 16 Ewan Haylor outstanding in 2nd half and 18 year old Harry Birchnall in goal on his first start did well! Plus several other youngsters who played.
We now welcome the whole squad minus Carr and Emmerson on Saturday against Knaphill which will be a tough game for sure, we look forward to it though!
Up the citizens!