Winchester City 3-0 Willand Rovers

Evesham 2 Winchester 0

on Sat 14 Sep

Winchester suffered their first league defeat of the season when they were beaten 2-0 at Evesham.  Evesham are a long established Southern League club and have finished in the top seven of this division in each of the last five seasons, reaching the playoffs in three of these, and attract good crowds for their home matches..  Their new manager this season is Carl Abbott who has taken over from Paul Collicutt.

 

With Rob Carr and Oli Bailey not available Winchester introduced new forward Domenico Panesar- Dower who they have just signed from Dorchester and he and Liam Gilbert coming in for Carr and Bailey were the two changes to the starting line-up from Saturday.

 

Winchester made a bright start and Lochlan Robertson in the home goal had to make successive saves from Jamie Barron and Simba Mlambo and a further save from Panesar-Dower.  At the other end Jack Cresswell and Matt Dodd combined, but the ball went harmlessly out for a goal kick,

 

Winchester continued to press and after Robertson made a further save from Mlambo the ball hit the post.  Jamie Barron had two further shots saved and a shot from fully 30 yards out from Ollie Griggs hit the cross bar..  Although at the end of the half Ryan Pryce made a good save from Jordon Sangha Winchester certainly had the best of the goalless first half.

 

Evesham however started the second half brightly with Aaron Roberts shooting just wide and Sangha having a further effort saved from Pryce.  The home team took the lead six minutes into the half with Lee Chilton heading home a cross from Roberts,  Two minutes after the goal Robertson made a further save from a low shot from Ollie Balmer.  Evesham made it 2-0 just before the hour mark when Adam Page who had just come on as substitute combined with Sangha to set up Dodd to score at close range.

 

Following the goal Evesham looked comfortable with their lead and Page since coming on as substitute looking particularly lively and fellow substitute Paul Sullivan comes close to getting on the end of one of his crosses.

 

Winchester bought on I K Hill. Kieran Douglas and Joe Hayward as second half substitutes and Mlambo faced a further save from Robertson.  However as the minutes ticked away Winchester were unable to break down a solid Evesham defence and as a result the home team moved above them in the table,

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