Havant and Waterlooville 6 Winchester City 0
Winchester City exited the Hampshire Senior Cup with a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Havant and Waterlooville. Havant and Waterlooville play two divisions above Winchester in the National League South and are one of the teams fancied to do well in this division and they are managed by Paul Doswell who began Eastleigh's climb up the leagues being manager when the club achieved three successive promotions and he also led Sutton United to two promotions.
Over the weekend Havant and Waterlooville progressed to the third qualifying round of the F A Cup with a 5-3 win against Beaconsfield and they certainly showed they are taking the Hampshire Senior Cup seriously by fielding a starting eleven which included nine players that featured in the F A Cup, two of them coming on as substitutes in the F A Cup match. Winchester gave starts to Alex Haynes, Adam Grange and Oli Bailey all of whom on the substitutes bench at AFC Totton. Rob Flooks also returned from suspension, Greg Peel another player whose been on the substitutes bench in recent games also started as did Liam Callaghan who scored the winning goal at Gosport Borough. The substitutes bench contained Ollie Balmer, Jamie Barron, Craig Feeney and Max Smith all of whom started against AFC Totton.
However Winchester made a poor start conceding two goals in the first eight minutes. Firstly a free kick on the left hand side from James Roberts was headed home by Manny Adebowale kin the third minute England C international Tommy Wright who previously was a prolific goalscorer with both Salisbury and Sutton United made it 2-0 when he scored from
Winchester's hopes of getting back in the game were reduced further when in the 20th minute when the home team scored the third with Sam Magri the scorer after playing a one-two with Abdulai Baggie, a player who last season played occasionally for Eastleigh in the National League last season. Winchester then had a good three minute spell in which they created three chances, but they failed to score and it was 4-0 before half time with Alex Wall shooting into the the the the top corner following a cross from James Roberts.
In the second half Winchester bought on Ollie Balmer, Max Smith and Craig Feeney as second half substitutes and to their credit kept battling, but realistically the game was already lost by this stage. In the 72nd minute substitute Scott Rendell made it 5-0 and it was 6-0 when James Roberts who had created two of the earlier goals got on the scoresheet when he received the ball from a corner and he scored with a powerful shot at the near post and become the home team's sixth scorer on the night.
Winchester now have to move on from this defeat against a team who play at a higher level and concentrate on their F A Trophy match at Thame and the home league game against Highworth both of which are being played in the next week.