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Cinderford 3 Winchester 1

on Sun 9 Feb

Despite losing 3-1 to Cinderford Winchester remained fourth in the table, but the division is very tight with Cinderford in ninth place only five points behind. The result enabled Cinderford to complete the double against Winchester having won 3-0 at Winchester in September with James Harding and Craig Norman scoring in both games. Last season a great late run enabled Cinderford to reach the playoffs and the possibility of the club from the Forest of Dean achieving that this season cannot be discounted,

Winchester were again without Keith Emmerson, Luke King and Danny King with the last named also missing the home fixture with Cinderford. Whereas replacements can be found from the squad Emmerson's value to Winchester in recent weeks has been immense, while King has been Winchester;'s left back for the majority of the last 10 years and it is a challenge for players filling a different role to what they normally play to fit seamlessly into the team.

Winchester made one change to the starting line-up from Tuesday with Liam Gilbert coming in for Max Smith. Early on Ollie Griggs had an effort that went wide, but Cinderford took the lead in the 13th minute when Harding scored directly from a free kick, After going a goal behind Winchester had a good spell of pressure with both Oli Bailey and Rob Carr having one shot saved and shooting wide on another occasion . However in the 31st minute Lewis Bamford who had a good scoring record against Winchester while in the colours of Bristol Manor Farm made it 2-0 and that is the way it stayed until the half time interval.

Winchester though continued to press in the second half with Ollie Griggs shooting just wide, a cross from player manager hitting the bar and the Cnderford goalkeeper making a good save fro from the Cundwserd goalkeeper wit Simba Mlambo shooting the follow up effort. It was not all one way traffic with Cinderrford always looking dangerous on the break.

Midway through the second half Winchester pulled a goal back when Ollie Balmer who had only just replaced Simba Mlambo set up Oli Bailey to score. Cinderford were reduced to 10 men when Sam Turl received his second booking following a deliberate handball.

Craig Davis and Ollie Griggs had off target efforts for Winchester, but as the visitors pushed forward in search of an equalizer Norman scores Cinderford's third during the six minutes of added on time.

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