Pre-Season friendly - Bracknell Town 2-0 Winchester City - Fixtures released see below

Bideford 1 Winchester City 0

on Sun 3 Mar

Winchester suffered their first defeat of 2019, but remain in sixth place, three points below fifth place Evesham with two games in hand.  This result means that they have only picked up one point in their last four games against Bideford who are in mid-table, but in a closely contested league are by no means out of the promotion race.

 

Winchester were without Rob Carr who was working which meant a start for Jake Rawkins as the only change to the starting line-up from Saturday.  Graham Williams was also unavailable and Ollie Griggs also travelled, but was not fit enough to be on the substitutes bench.

 

As was the case in the first bench between the teams conditions did not make good football easy.  Early on Sean Downing shoots just over, while at the other end Jamie Barron sets up Jake Rawkins whose effort is saved by home goalkeeper Joe Moore.

 

Ryan Pryce made a good save to deny Billy Tucker and Liam Gilbert shot just wide, but it was still goalless at the interval.

 

Downing who has been a thorn in Winchester's flesh in the past then has an effort blocked, while Josh Harfield headed just wide following a Jamie Barron free kick, while Ryan Pryce made a good save to keep out a Toby Down header at close range.

 

Both teams made substitutions with Tyrell Mitford and I K Hill coming on for Winchester, but although the visitors put some dangerous crosses into the box they came to nothing it was the home team that took the lead with 15 minutes to go with a superbly struck half volley from Ryan Turner.

 

After the goal Winchester tried hard to get back in the game with Jamie Barron having a shot blocked, Josh Harfield hitting the side netting and in added on time Tyrell Mitford hit the post.  However despite once again having good travelling support it was not to be and Winchester's unbeaten run came to an end.

 

Winchester are at home to Street ion Saturday and at home to AFC Totton on the following Tuesday.

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