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AFC Totton 0 Winchester City 0

on Sun 5 Jan

A crowd of 252 saw Winchester draw 0-0 away to AFC Totton, which represented Winchester's first goalless draw since their game at Cinderford finished all square on the final day of last season. However with Paulton and Evesham both losing the point enabled them to consolidate their third position in the table.

The crowd for this local derby was enhanced by at least a dozen supporters of Eastleigh whose team did not have a game due to their scheduled match with AFC Fylde being postponed to the Lancashire club's F A Cup tie with Sheffield United, but it is fair to say that with several people on both sides having links with both clubs matches between them are always eagerly anticipated.
Surprisingly AFC Totton are near the wrong end of the table, but they enjoyed an excellent win over Moneyfields recently and will no doubt be looking to climb the table in 2020.

Winchester made one change to the starting line-up from Wednesday with Joe Hayward coming in for the injured Danny King. Early in proceedings a header following a corner from Jack Smith was blocked by Max Smith, while at the other end Ollie Balmer had a good chance but shot wide. Generally the first half was devoid of goalmouth action, but Winchester if anything looked the more likely side to score and Balmer had a free lick well saved by the home goalkeeper. A free kick from Barron also forced a routine save from the goalkeeper. Dan Williamson playing at right back with Joe Hayward at left back was also overlapping to good effect and he almost created a chance for Simba Mlambo and Luke King also came close following a Jamie Barron corner. Winchester were looking solid at the back and were not allowing the home forwards much space.

In the second half Amadeusz Skryniarz made a good save from Luke King and it is fair to say that he was the busier of the two goalkeepers with Ryan Pryce not having more than routine saves to make and his defenders making important blocks to keep out the home forwards. As the second half progressed a 0-0 looked increasingly likely. Winchester bought on Oli Baiiey, I K Hill and Ollie Griggs to replace Simba Mlambo, Rob Carr and Max Smith. Towards the end AFC Totton's former Winchester striker Craig Feeney broke clear on the left, but no-one could get a decisive touch to his cross and the match remained goalless.






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