City finally suffer defeat
Winchester City FC suffered their first reverse this pre-season with a 3-0 loss at Southern Premier League side, Dorchester Town, writes Matt Richbell.
It was an end-to-end game from the outset. Dorchester struck the crossbar within the first few minutes of the game and they also forced City Goalkeeper, Charlie Philpott, into several saves. Down the other end and Josh McCormick and Jamie Barron were causing problems for the Dorchester defence. The deadlock was broken on 27 minutes, when Sam Bayston controlled the ball neatly and finished well in the box. City pushed for an equaliser and thought they found one when Simba Mlambo scored with a well-executed lob, only for the goal to be controversially ruled out. Then a minute later, Dorchester won a dubious penalty, which was duly converted by Tom Blair. Two minutes later and Blair added his second and effectively ended the game as a contest.
City, who were already missing five or six regulars for this game, made wholesale changes in the second-half including the introductions of youngsters Ewan Haylor, Lawson Bright, Jack Francis and Jacob Brown, the latter striking the crossbar with seconds remaining as City pushed for a consolation goal.
City played well throughout and the scoreline certainly didn't provide a true reflection on the game itself. Up next City travel to Wessex Premier Division side, Baffins Milton Rovers, at 12pm on Saturday and the Under-23 side travel to Clanfield at 3pm on Saturday.