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Fleet Town 0 - 3 Winchester City

on Fri 25 Mar

City reached the final of the Hampshire Senior Cup at Calthorpe Park, Fleet, on Tuesday 8th March 2016 with a solid win in the semi final to setup a final at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, on 12th April against National League South, Havant and Waterlooville.

Two goals within the first 16 minutes set up the win although at times City did not look too convincing.

Winchester took the game to Fleet from the kick-off and Jamie Barron had a shot saved in the first attack.

Playing down the slope was an advantage to City and they camped in the Fleet half for a time until Rob Flooks made the breakthrough in the 6th minute with a header from a Barron corner. City continued to press with Fleet showing little penetrating power, giving City' Jake Newton and Danny plenty of space down the flanks.

The second goal came in the 16th minute when Fleet failed to clear their lines and Adam Tomasso powered home through a tangle of legs.

City continued to press with Barron putting a shot over the bar and Zach Glasspool forcing a good save from the 'keeper. He had a better chance a few minutes later but screwed his shot wide after a good build-up had opened the defence.

City's midfield of Micky Hubbard, Barron, Jamie Thoroughgood and Flooks were not really troubled but this, ironically, caused a problem with them piling forward there were too many red shirts in and around the penalty area and passes began to go astray as City lost some momentum. Matt Benham looked to have increased the lead but his header was cleared on the line.

As the game continued Warren Bentley showed signs of frustration as he was unable to create an opening owing to Fleet's double marking.

It was so quiet at the back that it was not until the 38th minute minute that City's 'keeper, Brendan Norris, was called upon to make a save which he did with ease.

The second half saw Fleet playing better and with the advantage of the slope put City under some pressure but City's defence were well on top and never really in danger.

Benham again came close to increasing City's lead early in the second half but his shot was well over the bar.

With time ticking away Fleet became more desperate but City's defenders were working overtime and they did not really look as if they could get back into the match.

Manager Paul Masters made a change in the 82nd minute bringing on Harrison Fay for Benham and the youngsters' added energy put City's attack back on the map and he created chances for Glasspool and Bentley.

Bentley had the last laugh, however, when he slipped his markers, turned and slammed the third goal home in the 88th minute.

City: Brendan Norris, Jake Newton, Dan King, Jamie Barron, Jamie Thoroughgood, Rob Flooks, Adam Tomasso, Micky Hubbard, Zach Glasspool, Warren Bentley, Matt Benham, Harrison Fay, Brad Elkins, Chris Blackhall, Zach Hiniz, Dan Sayer.