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Cinderford 2 Winchester City 5

on Sun 17 Oct

Last October Winchester made the long trip to Cinderford in midweek and emerged with a 2-1 victory which represented their first win in seven attempts at Cinderford's ground. This time though they triumphed by an emphatic 5-2 margin in what was their first league match for over a month.

Cinderford went into this match having won 2, drawn 3 and lost 4 of their 9 league games, but had scored an impressive 22 goals in these games, a total that only two clubs in the division had bettered. and they are one of nine times from the division still in the F A Trophy. They had in their ranks <Lewis Bamford a striker who has previously done well in against Winchester in the colours of other teams and he has also made one appearance in League 2 for Newport County. Afterwards manager Craig Davis said "Brilliant win for the boys and a decent performance with lots of goals, against a side who were always dangerous on the counter".

With Kieran Douglas not available for selection Dan Walder came in his for debut and Winchester's starting eleven being Philpott. McCormick, King, Griggs, Flooks, Walder, Smith, Barron, Bailey, Balmer, Feeney with Callaghan, Bradshaw, Haynes and Mlambo as substitutes.

Winchester fell behind in the 9th minute through cleverly placed long range shot from Zak Adams, but Ollie Balmer put Winchester in the driving seat with two goals in quick succession, the first coming from a low shot and the other from the penalty spot. After the early flurry of goals the game became very open with the goalkeepers having to make saves on three occasions, with Oli Bailey and Ollie Griggs forcing saves from the home goalkeeper.

However in the 36th minute Winchester got the all 3rd goal with captain Jamie Barron netting with a close range effort. Before half time Robbie Flooks headed just wide from a Barron corner as Winchester went into the interval two goals to the good.

After 18 minutes of the second half Simba Mlambo came on for Oli Bailey and three minutes later they scored a fourth when Craig Feeney scored with a low shot from distance. In the 76th minute Feeney scored his second following up after Jamie Barron's initial shot was saved.

With the match won Winchester replaced Danny King and Jamie Barron with Dan Bradshaw and Alex Haynes. In added on time Cinderford scored a l\ate consolation goal through Harry Emmett. However it was a great afternoon for Winchester, even though they had five players booked. It was convincing three points and a second away win in the league this season.







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