Frome 2-0 Winchester City




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Bideford 2 Winchester City 0

on Sat 28 Apr

Winchester City went into this match assured of 11th place, only the second time they had finished in the top half of the table at this level of football.  For Bideford two late goals on Thursday had kept up their hopes of a playoff place, but they were reliant on three of the four teams immediately above them in the table failing to win, and three of these had games against teams in the lower half of the table.


AS it was Bideford became the fourth team to complete the double over Winchester this season, with three of the doubles completed in the last 11 days.  However the expected wins for Swindon Supermarine, Didcot and Cirencester meant that they had to settle for 8th place,  Winchester though had though taken a total of 16 points against the teams that finished in the playoffs with home victories against all of them.


Winchester made two changes to the starting line-up from Tuesday with Josh Harfield returning from suspension and Liam Gilbert replacing Craig Davis and the injured Rob Carr.


Early on Ben Carter shot over for the home team, while OLi Bailey had a header saved.  Ben Wood then put in two crosses, one of which went across the goal without anyone getting a decisive touch and the other seeing Sean Downing not quite able to direct his effort goalwards.


Dan Wikliamson and Liam Gilbert then had efforts for Winchester, although it was Ben Seymour of Bideford who was the first to seriously test the opposing goalkeeper, with his shot stinging the hands of Ryan Pryce.  However vin the 37th minute Bideford took the lead when Craig Allen headed home from a corner.  Before half time Oli Bailey had forced a good save from Steve Oliver, but Winchester were 1-0 behind at the interval.


Early in the second half Downing broke clear and made no mistake to make it 2-0 and it was always going to be difficult for Winchester from then on with Bideford backed by a crowd of 256 which gave them good vocal support and having three match sponsors looked to end the campaign on a high.


Downing had a further shot saved at the expense of a corner, but although Bideford were always a threat going forward Winchester kept battling and introduced three teenagers I K Hill, Harvey Clark and Josh Corner as substitutes in the second half.


Corner almost had an instant impact, but after good work by Simba Mlambo he was not able to direct the ball goalwards.  I K Hill forced a good save from Steve Oliver who was named man of the match by the sponsors, while a lob by Oli Bailey just cleared the cross bar, but although it was a determined second half by Winchester the season ended in defeat and they just have the Danny King match on 12th May to look forward to. 








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