Bristol Manor Farm 3 Winchester 1
Winchester lost to Bristol Manor Farm while scoring one goal in the process, but unlike on the previous two occasions where they scored first on this occasion they found themselves two goals behind early on. It ended Winchester's run of 13 points from 5 games as they played their last away game of 2018.
Bristol Manor Farm having just missed on the playoffs last season were seen at the start of the season one of the clubs most fancied to do well, but are surprisingly in the bottom six of the table, although showed their potential by beating a Basingstoke team two divisions higher than themselves in the F A Cup and in a closely contested division are expected to climb the table soon.
Winchester made one change to the starting line-up from the previous Saturday's game with Bideford with Simba Mlambo replacing Oli Bailey who was on the substitutes bench.
The home team took the lead in the 8th minute. Ryan Pryce had initially made a good save from Jordan Metters, but the ball fell to Lewis Bamford who scored with a good shot from outside the penalty area. Four minutes later it was 2-0 when Metters set up Jamie Bird to score.
Winchester rallied after the goals and had a couple of chances before half time with Tyrell Mitford shooting wide following a good run and Simba Mlambo setting up Rob Carr who headed over.
At half time Winchester bring on Oli Bailey for Jake Rawkins, but although Winchester started the second half positively five minutes into the half it was 3-0 when an excellent team move led to Bamford scoring his second of the game to virtually seal the victory.
Winchester had already bought on Brett Cunningham for Rob Carr and after 60 minutes Oli Bailey produced a good finish to pull a goal back. A minute later Bailey had a header saved by the goalkeeper's legs and before the end Bailey forced another save from the keeper, Brett Cunningham had an effort tipped round the post by the goalkeeper and Jamie Barron was only narrowly off target with a free kick Winchester could not get a further goal although they forced several corners and introduced all three substitutes.
Having had a successful Christmas party Winchester are at home to Moneyfields on Boxing Day and at home to Mangotsfield on 29th December. On New Year's Day they travel to Blackfield.