Winchester City and Ashford Town played out a 0-0 draw in Middlesex on Saturday afternoon as both sides ramped up their pre-season preparations, writes Matt Richbell. In a hard-fought encounter, Charlie Philpott was the hero for City, saving a second-half penalty but City had several opportunities to win the game themselves striking the woodwork twice.
City started brightly with Rob Carr forcing the Ashford keeper into an early save after being slipped in by Jamie Barron. Jamie Barron himself came even closer six minutes later when his in-swinging corner evaded everyone and came back off the far post. Barron then returned to being provider midway through the first-half when his corner found defender, Rob Flooks, but his header went just wide. On the half-hour mark, City had several chances, again with Jamie Barron at the forefront. His goalbound effort was cleared off the line and then the ball made its way back to him but his low shot was well saved.
After half-time, City started on the offensive and Rob Flooks again came close for City, with his effort striking the woodwork.
Then against the run of play, Ashford ventured forward and won a penalty. Young keeper, Charlie Philpott, went the right way and saved well from the resulting spot kick.
Wholesale changes then followed for the visitors, and substitute, Graham Purdy, twice came close to putting City in front.
Ashford applied some late pressure but both sides played out a draw in West London.