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Evesham 0 Winchester City 2

on Sat 16 Feb

Winchester obtained their first win at Evesham's ground since October 2012 and moved up to sixth in the table.  The clubs have now met in the 2012/13, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons and in each case the league games have produced one win apiece.  However it was good revenge for Winchester having lost on their last three visits to Evesham and being beaten 2-1 by the Midlands club earlier in the season.


It was Winchester's first match for three weeks having had their last two matches postponed, although some of their players have had run-outs for the reserve team in the interim period.


With Joe Hayward ill, Ollie Griggs unavailable and Joe Cook completing a suspension Winchester made one change to the starting line-up from their last league outing with Robbie Flooks returning from injury coming in for Hayward.


Evesham started brightly but Winchester took the lead in the 10th minute when Jamie Barron slotted home from close range.  Winchester were on top after the goal and almost scored a second, but midway through the half when Steve Davies pits in a dangerous cross which eventually falls to Kane Simpson, but his effort was comfortably saved.


Winchester however enjoy a good first half and go into the interval with a 1-0 advantage and apply a lot of pressure towards the end of it.


Winchester have a great chance to score a second in the second half but Simba Mlambo shoots wide after being set up by Oli Bailey.  However they do score the all important second goal with ten minutes remaining following a corner which Tyrell MItford who had come on for Oli Bailey headed home.  Ryan Pryce had to save a free kick and right at the death Craig Davis who like IK Hill came on as substitute late in the game had to head off the line from Kai Fisher.


However generally Winchester deserved their win against a team currently occupying a playoff berth and enjoying good support with over 200 attending Saturday's game and a sizeable away contingent travelling to Winchester for the away fixture which was played in midweek.


Winchester are at home to Barnstaple on Saturday.  On Friday five teams entered a quiz for which Wayne Elkins was the quiz master. 









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