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Bristol Manor Farm 4 Winchester City 1

on Sun 18 Feb

For the second time this season Bristol Manor Farm came from a goal behind to beat Winchester City.  With Joe Cook and Liam Gilbert still injured, Andy Jenkinson ands Rob Carr having work commitments, Adam Brice serving a one match ban and Simba Mlamnbo ill, Winchester made two changes to the starting line-up from Saturday with Josh Harfield and I K Hill coming in for Carr and Brice with two new signings and three youngsters on the bench.


Bristol Manor Farm are having a good season following promotion from the Great Mills Western League and their performances on the pitch have seen attendances improve.


Early on Troy Simpson hit the side netting for the home side, while Dean Stamp put in a dangerous cross that thankfully no home player was able to get a touch to.


However in the 15th minute Oli Bailey put Dan Willianson through and he made no mistake.  Oli Bailey then chased a ball from Joe Hayward, but even with his pace the Bristol Manor Farm was able to get to the ball before him.


However the home side drew level after 1q5 minutes when Dean Stamp set up Troy Simpson to score.


Both teams had chances during the remainder of the half.  Pat Cox and Dan Williamson had efforts saved, I K Hill had an effort blocked, while the home side hit the top of the bar, Stamp coming close with a cleverly intended lob and Winchester having to make a couple of important blocks one of them from goalkeeper Ryan Pryce.  However on the stroke of half time the home team took the lead when after an effort from Stamp was deflected for a corner Ryan Mills headed home the resulting corner kick.


Winchester started the second half brightly with Stuart Tovey making an important interception to keep out Oli Bailey and Dan Williamson having an effort deflected for a corner.  At the other end Troy Simpson's effort went just across the goal.  Danny King's cross saw Jamie Barron and Williamson combine, although this did not result in an on target effort being produced.


Ryan Pryce then saved from home captain Jprdan Metters.  However in the 75th minute a good cross from Metters was met with a low close range header from Jay Adams.  A minute later the game was effectively over as a contest when once again a corner was converted this time with his feet by Lloyd Mills.


After this Winchester never looked likely to ibnget back in the game and the nearest we came to a further goal was when Pryce made two excellent saves from Stamp, one of which a tip over the bar was particularly good.


With a couple of injuries being picked up during the game Winchester used all three substitutes bringing on new signings Joe Sowden and Danny Cox plus youngster Josh McCormick.


After Tuesday's trip to Bishops Cleeve Winchester are at home to Barnstaple on Saturday.


Despite the defeat manager Craig Davis was proud of his player for the effort they put in by his players in the circumstances.













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