AFC Totton 1 Winchester City 2
Winchester maintained their 100% league record by achieving a tremendous 2-1 win away to local rivals AFC Totton 2-1. They did so despite having to play the last 29 minutes of the game with 10 men after Danny King received a second yellow card.
AFC Totton had a difficult 2019/20 season and were in the lower half of the table when lockdown ended the season prematurely. However this time around they have recruited former Blackfield manager Glenn Howes a former playing colleague of Winchester boss as manager and he bought with him some of the players that helped Blackfield win this division in 2018/19 and consolidate their place in the Premier Division last year, so it was a great win for Winchester against a team that had obtained 7 points from their first three league games.
Winchester announced an unchanged starting line-up for the fifth successive match with the same five substitutes as the previous Tuesday. AFC Totton started with four former Winchester players in Adam Tomasso,, Brett Williams, Craig Feeney and Lewis Noice with another in Liam Robinson on the bench.
Early on a corner from Winchester's Jamie Barron eluded everyone, but Winchester took the lead in the 9th minute when Max Smith puts a ball into the penalty box and Rob Carr puts the ball away.
Brett Williams who has played in the football league for Rotherham, Northampton and Stevenage was looking lively and he came close to scoring before he levelled the scores five minutes before half time when he followed up after Philpott had saved his first effort.
Shortly before half time Dan Bradshaw was injured and had to be replaced by Olly Griggs who proved to be Winchester's match winner. later in the game.
In the second half good dribbling skills by Tyrell Mitford created a chance, but Lewis Noice was able to save his effort., while Jamie Barron tried an effort from distance which went wide.
However Winchester appeared up against it when King received two yellow cards within 3 minutes of each other.
A good ball found Feeney, but Philpott in the Winchester goal was able to save his effort.
However in the 70th minute Ollie Balmer who was always lively set up Ollie Griggs to score.
Balmer came close to adding a third for Winchester, but towards the end Williams shot just wide for AFC Totton and Liam Robinson forced a save from Philpott. However it was a great win for Winchester who bought on Dan Williamson and Graeme Purdy in the second half and had a good travelling support for this game.