Bristol Manor Farm 3 Winchester City 3
Winchester picked up their first point in five league matches against Bristol Manor Farm and showed great resilience in coming from 3-1 to earn a share of the spoils. In three of the previous four defeats they scored first and lost so the comeback was particularly meritorious as they started off the season with a point. Their hero was Simba Mlambo who scored two and made one, while for the second successive time in this fixture Lewis Bamford scored a brace for the home team.
Winchester''s preparation did not got off to the best start with Keith Emmerson and Danny King unavailable to add to the fact that Ollie Balmer was injured. For the second successive time in this fixture striker Oli Bailey who has been a major goalscorer for the club in the last two years was on the bench.
Winchester fell behind in the 8th minute when Bamford held on to the ball well, held off a challenge and scored from inside the area. However Winchester drew level when Jamie Barron put through Mlambo who won a one on with the home goalkeeper. Mlambo was denied by a block by a home defender, but the home side regained the lead when Banford scored with a low shot in the corner from inside the area.
In the second half Winchester bought on Max Smith and Ollie Bailey for Ollie Griggs and Liam Gilbert, Midway through the half Bristol Manor Farm were reduced to 10 men when Jack Durrant received a second yellow card. Shortly after the sending off Bristol Manor Farm restored their two goal lead when close season signing Joe Tumelty who had come on a second half substitute scored directly with a free kick that appeared to take a deflection.
Three minutes after falling two goals behind Winchester pulled a goal back when from a Mlambo cross Rob Carr volleyed home from close range.
With 10 minutes to go Mlambo again won a one on one with the goalkeeper and managed to round him and level the scores and that is the way it stood until the end.
On Friday Winchester are at home to AFC Stoneham in the F A Cup and on Monday they are away to Basingstoke who will be sharing the ground with them at the start of the season in the league.