Winchester Coty 0-1 Yate Town
I can be assed to , we were superb today! Worked extremely hard on Thursday at a change of our shape we have been playing mainly this season, produced a very good display with the exception of the 1 thing that football does revolve around and that’s a finish!! Easy to point a finger at Ty and Oli as main culprits, however I wouldn’t swap them for any I’ve seen in the league this year, neither are the finished article in any way but I will back them against anyone who wants to have a pop at them all day long!
We had Carr and Gilbert missing due to work, plus Harfield struggling with illness, he pushed through though for me!
First half they had some of the play but mainly long balls into their CM Peare who pushes up as we had worked on... we dealt with that and caused them the problems down the sides as we planned to, created several unbelievable chances but came in 0-0!
2nd half was literally all us with chance after chance going begging! We lost Josh to a horrible cut to his eye, we shuffled the pack though and it was more of the same! We have all watched enough football to know a sting in the tail can happen and it did! A horrible conceded goal and we somehow went from a game we had to win, to losing it, a very cruel outcome!
Credit to league leaders Yate, however if they are top then we know we are not a million miles away, we will be doing all we can to get it right, we don’t have the ability to throw money at it and so we have to build it and believe me listening to the lads afterwards they are hurting but all proud to play for this club and with their team mates!
Roll on the next game! A few will be back but injury concerns over a few now which is far from ideal!
Up the citizens!
Winchester City 1 - 2 Evesham United
Disappointing night! Playing against one of the leagues favourites pre season and you can see they are a good side, they have talented players that’s for sure and well done them for winning! For us though we didn’t play well enough, failed to control the game with the ball, something we are usually very good at, we didn’t pass the ball anywhere near well enough and it wasn’t until late in the game when we went direct that we had any joy, that’s not how we set up to play and something we will address but ultimately it was a frustrating night all round!
Game was fairly frenetic for most of the first half but they scored later in the half to give a 1-0 lead at the break. Joe Hayward was booked for a nothing decision, (after no booking for a bad tackle on Rob Carr)we were forced to a decision to take Joe off as the referee was threatening sending him off for any other tackle. Sadly before we could really get a head of steam up they scored with a pen and we are 2-0 down... we huffed and puffed and made a couple of changes and changed shape twice, it had an impact of sorts as we got a goal back from Rawks excellent cross and Rob Carr header! Sadly it was too little too late and they hung on for a 2-1 win for them.
We certainly have work to do to get back to where we were a few weeks ago, it won’t take much to click us back into gear, however I am not willing for us to sit and wait for it to happen, we will make it happen!
Roll on league leaders Yate on Saturday!
Up the citizens!
Barnstaple Town 3-2 Winchester City
What a hugely disappointing day and once again a loss to a side near the foot of the table! Really poor performance and one that we need to bounce back from with a hard weeks training!!!
Ahead from Oli Bailley and then a gilt edged chance followed that should have made it 2 only for them to go straight up the other end and they scored an equaliser, then a calamitous OG put them 2-1 up and we are chasing it!!
2nd half we huffed and puffed a bit but had to start throwing men forward and they got a 3rd on the break! We pulled one back in the last minute through Tyrell Mitford and we lose disappointingly 3-2!!
We will regroup and get ready to go again next weekend, these lads have had plenty of plaudits this season as have I, today was not good enough and they have been told that.
We will get it right again, no doubt! Apologies to the supporters who travelled and weren’t given the quality of display in return that they deserved.
Up the citizens!
Winchester City 1-1 Highworth Town
We were outstanding in lots of aspect of our play early on and how we didn’t go 3/4 up I will never know, that has cost us though and so I was far from impressed with the team afterwards, we gave them a chance to stay in a game they never should have been allowed to get anything from.
Decision for the penalty was baffling and it’s outrageous to me that he gave a penalty that not one of their players even appealed for, I was convinced it must be a free kick to us in fact, very angry with that decision, my anger though was aimed at the team who should have made a terrible decision like that immaterial.
In the end though it’s a point and we have to train hard now this week, big games coming up that we need to prepare for, it’s been an incredibly tough period for us and we now can recharge a bit and really work on some things this week!
Gutted with the dropped points, however we are going to start to take these chances soon, the fact we create so much is a huge positive.
Up the citizens!
Winchester 1 Highworth 1
Winchester's attempt to obtain their first league win since August was thwarted when visitors Highworth who had been earlier reduced to 10 men converted a penalty with nine minutes to go.
Highworth who were last season promoted from the Hellenic Premier Division despite finishing third last season have made a reasonable start to this season and are joint leading goalscorers in the division. Their current captain is Wayne Turk formerly of Salisbury and one of their forwards is Callum Parsons who is a well known opponent of Winchester's from his Swindon Supermarine days. Highworth are also former Hellenic League champions and reached the semi finals of the F A Vase in 2014/15.
Winchester made two changes to the starting line-up from Tuesday's line up with Joe Hayward who was serving a 1 match ban being replaced by another former Eastleigh scholar Ollie Griggs at right back and Connor Cocklin being replaced by Brad Gale with Joe Cook wearing the number 5 shirt.
Before the game a minute's silence was observed for Life President Terry Bone whose funeral like that of another club stalwart Tina Elkins was held during the week and was well attended.
Winchester made as bright start coming close in the first minute and Oli Bailey having a shot saved at the expense of a corner. Callum Parsons shot wide with a powerfully struck effort, but Winchester continued to press and Ron Carr came close on a couple of occasions, once following a quickly taken free kick from Tyrell Mitford.
Toumamni Sidibi came close for the visitors who always looked dangerous on the break, while Jamie Barron hit the bar for the home team. Just as it was beginning to look very much that a lively first half was likely to end goalless Winchester took the lead a minute before the break with Oli Bailey scoring with a well executed chip.
In the second half both teams had half chances with Jamie Barron shooting over and Sean Wood having a shot saved for the visitors. However Winchester began to defend deeply and Toumani Sidibi who came close on one occasion was a threat.
However Sidibi was shown a straight red card for a foul on Jamie Barron which eventually led to the Winchester captain going off. Winchester had used three substitutes and with an extra man began to look more of an attacking threat with Carr coming close.
Ashley Edenborough had one shot saved for the visitors, but Winchester were looking comfortable until nine minutes from time the visitors were awarded a penalty. At the time many people did not see what this was awarded for, but it the indications were that it was for a push on Sean Wood. Edenborough though duly converted the penalty.
After the goal Winchester certainly increased the tempo in the search for the winner with substitute Liam Gilbewrt being involved in many of their attacks and the pace of Oli Bailey and Rob Carr always being a threat. They forced several corners and forced goalkeeper Connor Johns to make two crucial saves in added on time, but were unable to find a winning goal and had to settle for a draw in a game that they really should have won.
On Saturday Winchester are away to Barnstaple.
Torquay 4 Winchester 1
Winchester's great F A Cup run which had seen them eliminate two higher division clubs despite being drawn away from home, and also beat a team who had beaten them in six previous encounters came to an end when they were beaten 4-1 by a Torquay team who have been in good form of late under new manager Gary Johnson.
Nevertheless it was a memorable experience in many ways with a coachload of supporters who cheered their team throughout the game and put up sixteen banners behind the goal to add to the colourful atmosphere and their number included Vince Rusher father of Reece and a notable player in his day, with Reece having many other supporters to cheer him on as he came on as substitute later in the game. However the team as a whole showed great appreciation of the supporters by at the end of the game coming onto the supporters coach and shaking their hands individually which was a magnificent gesture.
Winchester were playing in the 4th qualifying round of the competition for the first time in over 60 years, whereas Torquay had played in the 1st round proper every season from 1925/26 to 2013/14 and had been in the 4th qualifying round every subsequent season. Their 1-0 win against a West Ham team containing Phil Parkes and Alvin Martin, and their two late goals to earn a replay against Tottenham Hotspur team containing Jimmy Greaves and Alan Mullery are very much part of F A Cup folklore.
For the match itself Winchester made one change to the starting line-up from Tuesday with Tyrell Mitford coming in for Rusher who was on the bench, while former Winchester City favourite Brett Williams was on the Torquay bench. Jamie Reid was their hat-trick hero of the previous week and his ability at free kicks first came to the attention of local fans six years ago when he scored a last minute winner for Dorchester in Ian Baird's last midweek match as Eastleigh manager. The recently installed Torquay manager Gary Johnson has managed the Latvian national team, Bristol City and was at the helm when Cheltenham returned to the football league.
Winchester started the game promisingly and had an effort blocked early on, but for the home team both Saikou Janneh and Asa Hall both had shots that went narrowly wide, while Reid had an effort deflected for a corner and Brad Gale cleated on the goal line at the expense of a corner, but Winchester were playing with great determination and getting in some good blocks to frustrate the home team.
When Torquay's first goal came in the 38th minute it had an air of good fortune about it. Many people thought that Simba Mlambo had been fouled in the build up to it and then Kalvin Kalala's shot was deflected past goalkeeper Ryan Pryce into the net. and was 2-0 three minutes later when Janneh headed home a cross from Reid and in added on time at the end of the first half when although Ryan Pryce made a good save from Reid Connor Lemonheigh-Evans was on hand to score. Just before the third goal Winchester had a free kick in a dangerous position, but Mitford's effort was blocked.
With the three late first half goals giving them a clear initiative Torquay pressed at the start of the second half and forced Ryan Pryce to make one good save, However in the 54th minute they made it 4-0 when Liam Davis cut the ball back for Lemonheigh-Evans to score his second.
At that stage with 4 goals scored in 16 minutes one feared that there were more Torquay goals to come, but to their great credit Winchester kept battling and although Pryce was called into action a couple of times Joe Cook had an effort saved and Jamie Barron had a couple of free kicks just off target.
The visitors pulled a goal back when Oli Bailey broke clear and was fouled by the home goalkeeper who was booked as a result, with Joe Hayward converting the resultant penalty.
Hayward then received a second yellow card for throwing the ball away and although the referee was consistent in that he booked a home player for proceeding with his attempt on goal even when the referee had already blown his whistle for an infringement one felt that a final warning would have sufficed in this case.
Winchester introduced Rusher, Joe Griggs and Brett Cunningham as substitutes during the game's second period and the ten men of Winchester continued to battle with the remainder of the game passing without major incident, although Brett Williams who had come on as substitute had one effort that went narrowly wide.
Winchester were one of only three clubs in the 4th qualifying round who play at step 4 and below and the only one of these in the Southern half of the draw.
Manager Craig Davis heaped praise on his side afterwards saying "Everyone is proud of what we have achieved during this cup run".
Before the game a minute's silence was observed in respect of two long serving members and one youngster from Torquay football club who have recently passed away. This week sees the funerals of Winchester stalwarts Terry Bone whose funeral is on Tuesday and Tina Elkins whose funeral is on Friday.
On Tuesday Winchester are away to AFC Totton and on Saturday they are at home to Highworth with both of these games being rearranged fixtures.
Winchester 0 Hartley Wintney 0
Winchester went out of the Hampshire Senior Cup, a competition they had reached the final once and the semi final twice in the last three seasons. They lost on penalties to a Hartley Wintney team, one division above themselves having been promoted last season. It was Winchester's third penalty shoot out defeat this season and their second in the last week.
Winchester made two changes to the starting line up from Saturday with Jamie Barron returning from suspension and Brett Cunningham coming in for Joe Cook and Rob Carr with the first named being listed amongst the substitutes.
Early ion Reece Rusher shot just wide for the home team, while Jamie Barron forced Adam Desbois to save at the expense of a corner. At the other end Jack French shot wide following good work by Hartley Eintney captain Nic Ciardini.
Desbois made a good save from Mlambo, while Joshua Webb (not Neil Webb's son Josh) took the free kicks and from one of them Jack Ball headed wide.
Mlambo saw the goalkeeper out of position and tried to lob him, but his effort was just off target.
The first half was relatively even, but Winchester certainly had the better of the second half. They almost scored following a goalmouth scramble and Barron forced a good save from Desbois.
Winchester were desperately unlucky to score when Cook hit the bar and forced
another good save from Desbois. Apart from one cross that went across the goal Winchester were very much in the ascendancy now and Desbois made another good save to keep them out.
Tyrell Mitford was fouled by Desbois and took the penalty kick himself, but once again the away keeper kept the ball out of the net, with the follow up effort being cleared off the line.
Pryce in the Winchester goal was finally called into action in the second half, but he was able to keep Claudio Herbert's effort out. Oli Bailey came on as substitute late in the game and on one occasion he broke clear of the visitors defence, but as the keeper moved forward to try and cut him off Oli tried to lob him, but the keeper was able to reach the lob.
With the score 0-0 after 90 minutes the game went straight to penalties and the first 13 spot kicks were all converted, but Winchester missed their seventh to lose the shoot out 7-6 and were desperately unlucky to go out of the competition.
Winchester 3 Cirencester 0
Having lost all of the six league matches they have played against Cirencester Winchester stopped the rot and in doing so reached the 4th qualifying round of the F A Cup for the first time for 64 years. Cirencester had in their previous three F A Cup ties scored 15 goals and conceded none, although all of their previous opponents had been from a lower division. Ben Whitehead had scored seven of these goals.
Winchester made three changes to the starting line-up from Tuesday's F A Trophy tie with Slimbridge with Rob Carr whose work commitments in addition to his honeymoon preventing from him playing up to now, Simba Mlambo and Sam Roberts coming in for the suspended Jamie Barron, the injured Connor Cocklin and Matt Benham who was cup tied.
Winchester however made a dream start when in the second minute they were awarded a free kick which was taken by Reece Rusher which resulted in the Cirencester goalkeeper not being able to hold on to the ball with Rob Carr following up to score with virtually his first kick of the season. Mlambo then had a shot deflected for a corner, but it became 2-0 when Tyrell Mitford put Nlambo clean through and he made no mistake.
Ben Whitehead then shot over, but in general the Winchester defence were doing a good job at closing down the prolific Whitehead and Alan Griffin, the latter being the younger brother of Cirencester manager Charlie and if anything the home team looked more likely to score the next goal in the remainder of the half with Rusher who played with considerable energy and determination throughout having an effort deflected for a corner, and Mitford also having a chance, but shooting over.
One expected a second half onslaught from Cirencester and an effort by Whitehead hit the top of the cross bar and substitute Jordan Morris put in a couple of dangerous crosses on the left hand side.
The home side's task was made even more difficult when Michael Pook received a straight red card for a challenge on Reece Rusher. A good block denied Mlambo at the expense of a corner. However despite being reduced to 10 men Cirencester tried hard to get back into the game and Whitehead forced a save from Pryce and Morris also came close.
Winchester bought on Liam Gilbert and Oli Bailey returning from injury as substitutes and having been under some pressure came more into the game and in added on time Bailey broke clear and was fouled leaving Joe Hayward to convert the resulting penalty.
This made the game safe and in a difficult week for the club with the death of Life President Terry Bone an excellent team performance earned them a trip to Torquay in the next round.
As a result of being out of the F A Trophy they have no game on Saturday, but are away to Cirencester on Tuesday week.