Winchester City 3-0 Slimbridge
A very important win today!! Was far from at our best in 2nd half after a 1st half where their keeper pulled off a string of fantastic saves!! All that matters though is the 3 points and I am very content after that! I have to say that the way the boys have trained in the last 2 weeks without a game was great, they do not shirk anything I ask of them and their attitudes are brilliant, I was pleased they were rewarded for that effort with a win today! Still a lot to do but we are hanging in there!
We were again without Tomasso, Cook and Gilbert but have been boosted with the return to warm ups and training of Gilly and Cookie, they are not far away and that truly is like a couple of new signings!
Game started brightly and I scored with a free kick early, a number of others could have gone in too but for some wayward finishes and a number of great saves, then a good move down the right and a cross from Joe Hayward made it 2-0 at the break.
2nd half with us against a strong wind I was disappointed with us for 20 minutes or so and let them get a foothold in the game, we didn’t look overly troubled until a pen was given and prycey made the save and from then on it was all us really, a great ball from Griggsy was headed in superbly by Coxy for 3-0 and we closed the game out well for a good 3 points! It must be said that the pen save from Prycey was vital and stopped it from being more nervy than it ever needed to be, Prycey has been superb of late, I wouldn’t say he has been anywhere near his best at times this season, however he really has stepped up recently and we are delighted to have him!
Delighted to deliver the club and supporters with the 3 points, much needed and deserved for the endeavour we have put in over the last couple of weeks! We now have to prepare well for a very tough game next week against Evesham which we know will be very tough! Already buzzing for it though!
Up the citizens!!
Winchester City 0-1 Blackfield & Langley
I’ve been really angry and upset with displays from the lads in the last 2 games but tonight I feel quite sorry for them to be honest! Without Willo due to work, the long term injuries and also Joe Hayward not fit to play really, there is no doubt we are bare bones, tonight they gave everything, some woeful finishing in the first half which we had to do better with, then conceding a goal to be 1-0 down at the break! 2nd half a total backs to the wall display for the majority of it with resolute and impressive defending from them and they hung on for the win that takes them through. It must be said that we opened them up a lot of times on the first half, 2nd half while we had basically the whole half, we huffed and puffed but the volume of chances were not there as much as in the first half and our final ball was poor
Full credit to them for that, you will I’m sure have a view on the game and will have seen it yourself and also the highlights that will go up will show what happened if you were unable to attend, you obviously won’t need me to paint any positives or give excuses or describe what happened.
Last 2 games have left me angry with the displays, tonight I personally feel they need a bit of consoling and picking up as the whole world seems to be transpiring against them at the minute but it will turn if we retain the belief in them! I still do! We have a brilliant group that need help and nurturing a bit, it’s very young, absolutely nowhere near the finished article but they are a work in progress! I am delighted that 16 y/o Josh McCormick came on and showed what a talent he is and so there are more as well to come!
I don’t care what anyone says from within or from outside the club, I haven’t given up on something special this year, the players haven’t and we need a bit of fortune that has totally deserted us but we will keep fighting for every point!
See you all Saturday for an exciting game against champions elect and we will see what we can produce against them!!
Up the citizens!
Winchester City 1-1 Barnstaple
Bitterly disappointing day!! Ending up drawing the game 1-1 against a spirited Barnstaple side, in fact in the end after dominating the game with corner after corner but lacking any quality in our deliveries and final ball, we were indebted to a couple of decent Prycey saves to get at least the point.
I managed to bring in Ollie Griggs from Dorchester Town on loan, so he came in, with Tomasso still struggling with his foot and an impending 2 week absence we needed that cover desperately. Joe Cook and Gilbert still long term absentees, Brice ill, plus Barron, Hayward carrying injuries. Good news was Rob Carr back available after missing 2 games.
Dominated the first half but lacked quality throughout and despite so many set pieces couldn’t score, they broke and had a couple of strikes on goal, then Rob Carr brought down and a pen that was saved by their keeper. 0-0 at half time.
2nd half was much of the same really, huffed and puffed and dominated the game but very poor quality throughout, eventually went 1-0 up when Pat Cox put a penalty away. Then a couple of great chances which we didn’t take to kill the game off. Then a horrible piece of defending by Harfield to allow them in after giving the ball away very cheaply down our left and it was 1-1. After that it was a bit of a basketball match as we threw men forward but they broke well as well at times. Ended 1-1 and for our lack of quality and their endeavour they deserved it as well!
Truly gutting and sorry for the poor display and last 3 poor results, there is a whole host of reasons and excuses that could be given to the lads, but that’s a cop out, quite simply too many of our players are playing well below the standards that they set earlier in the season! So either we over achieved at times with our performances earlier in the season or some are massively under achieving with their displays currently! One things for sure, no stone will be unturned to try and rectify it and pull off something special in the coming weeks!
Up the citizens!
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 0 Blackfield And Langley 1
Winchester playing in the semi final of the Hampshire Senior Cup for the third successive season were beaten 1-0 by Blackfield And Langley who are going well in the Sydenham's Wessex League. but who Winchester beat 6-0 in last season's competition.
The Winchester team showed one change to the starting line-up from the match against Barnstaple with Adam Tomasso replacing Dan Williamson who was unable to get back from London in time. Former Winchester player Liam Robinson was in the Blackfield line-up which also included Rudi Plummer who last season played for Winchester in pre-season. In addition the two managers Craig Davis and Glenn Howes were former team-mates.
Winchester started the game brightly and from a Rob Carr cross Pat Cox had an effort saved. Bailey also set up Cox whose effort was wide. Bailey and Cox forced good saves from Cox and although a powerful shot from Robinson was just off target the home team had the better of the early exchanges. They however fell behind in the 24th minute when a shot from Plummer that was going wide took a deflection off Joe Butcher and wrongfooted Ryan Ptyce.
Winchester though continued to press and Cox had a shot saved by Snelling's legs, while captain Jamie Barron was narrowly off target with a free kick. At the other end Franklin Clarke hit the bar and Robinson had another powerful shot just wide.
In the second half Winchester continued to press and created a few goalmouth scrambles, but Blackfield were defending well and getting men behind the ball to deny them clear goalscoring opportunities and the visitors did cone close a couple of times from breakaways and as the half progressed they looked increasingly likely to hold onto the lead as Winchester who introduced Josh McCormick and I K Hill as substitutes became increasingly frustrated.
Winchester 1 Barnstaple 1
Coming into this game having lost two away matches in the last week including a defeat to rock bottom Bishops Cleeve, Winchester were really hoping for a return to winning ways when they entertained second from bottom Barnstaple whom they had beaten 4-1 earlier in the season.
Barnstaple who in last season's corresponding match had inflicted Craig Davis's first defeat as Winchester manager with a 3-0 success, had in fact won their last away match with a 1-0 success at second placed Salisbury.
Winchester gave a debut to new signing Ollie Griggs. Ollie had been playing for Dorchester, but last season played for Bridgewater against Winchester and had been on the books of Eastleigh where in 2016 he won an award for being one of their most promising young players. Ollie replaced Brad Gale in the starting line-up following Tuesday's game at Bishops Cleeve with Rob Carr and Simba Mlambo replacing Joe Hayward and I K Hill both of whom dropped to the bench, with Dan Williamson reverting to right back.
Early in proceedings A good run on the right by Williamson produced a cross which Oli Bailey was not quite able to direct goalwards. Ryan Pryce then had to make saves from Alex Gray once and Billy Hopcroft twice, while Aaron Screech in the Barnstaple goal had a couple of routine saves to make. Pryce did particularly well to tip Gray's effort away.
Winchester however begun to apply a bit of pressure and following a good run Rob Carr was fouled and Jamie Barron took a penalty which was saved by Screech. Before half time Screech tipped over a free kick from Carr.
However in the 55th minute Winchester were awarded a second penalty following a foul on Pat Cox which Cox himself converted. Barron then had a shot saved and Mlambo shot just over as Winchester who forced several corners during the match looked for a second. However they were undone in the 63rd minute when Gray broke clear of the home defence and made no mistake.
Winchester kept battling, but although they had a good amount of possession in the remainder of the game they did not trouble Screech and it was Barnstaple who looked more likely to score the winning goal with Pryce making an important saves late on.
The result leaves Winchester in 7th, but with a difficult run of fixtures to negotiate starting with Salisbury away on Saturday. The following Tuesday they are at home to Blackfield and Langleyt
The Winchester 10K race finished at the football club and a team of volunteers from the football club got up early to ensure that this stage of the operation ran smoothly with 1350 racers and spectators descending upon the club.
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.