Captain comes to the rescue
Captain, Jamie Barron, fired Winchester City to an impressive 2-1 away win at Melksham Town as the Southern League returned on Saturday afternoon, writes Matt Richbell. The glorious sunshine typified that of an early season fixture, despite the later start to this campaign due to Covid-19.
City made just one change from the side that beat Corsham Town last week in the FA Cup with young goalkeeper, Charlie Philpott, making his competitive debut in the absence of Ryan Pryce who was unavailable.
City started brightly, with full back, Josh McCormick, looking particularly lively going forward. The game changed on the 20 minute mark, when new Melksham forward, Felipe Barcelos, was sent off for violent conduct. City found the ten men tough to break down, with Max Smith twice coming close for the visitors and McCormick also firing over. The game appeared to be heading for a goalless first-half when Tyrell Mitford controlled the ball well in the box, before turning his marker and finishing well past the home keeper to put City ahead.
Melksham looked rejuvenated after the restart and pushed City back. Tackles were flying in with Jamie Barron getting booked for the visitors before Melksham equalised on 55 minutes thanks to Phil Ormrod from close range. Dan Bradshaw was then also booked for the visitors as the frenetic pace continued. Jamie Barron and Josh McCormick both came close to restoring City's lead, but both saw their efforts go off target. Reece Rusher and Jack Wilson both came off the bench and that double substitution was shortly followed by Jamie Barron finding the back of the net. Tyrell Mitford turned provider this time and his ball found Barron, whose low effort beat the Melksham keeper. Olly Balmer had a glorious opportunity to finish the game off when he raced clear on goal but he was denied by a fine save. Melksham through some late deliveries into the box but City weathered the storm and held on for an impressive three points.