Pre-Season friendly - Bracknell Town 2-0 Winchester City - Fixtures released see below

Highworth 1 Winchester City 4

on Fri 1 Mar

This was a game where use of the dead ball was key with two of Winchester's goals coming from free kicks and one from a corner, while Highworth's solitary goal came from a free kick.  It is also worth noting that in the return fixture Highworth scored their only goal from the penalty spot to earn a 1-1 draw in a game where it was perhaps fair to say that we were disappointed not to pick up all three points.

 

Highworth in their first season at this level following promotion from the Hellenic League have consolidated their newly won status, but have had both winning and losing runs and this was their fourth consecutive loss in contrast to Winchester who were extending their winning run.

 

Winchester opted to start with the team that started the second half of the game against Barnstaple in which they scored six of their seven goals in that game with Joe Hayward and Joe Cook retaining their places and Graham Williams and Jake Rawkins being on the bench.

 

Early on A Jamie Barron free kick is blocked with Rob Carr shooting just wide from the follow up.  At the other end a good run from Darren Jefferies ends with him shooting just wide, but Highworth take the lead in the 21st minute when the same player scores with a superbly stuck free kick.

 

However the lead only lasted 10 minutes as from a Jamie Barron free kick the ball is flicked on by Simba Mlambo for Josh Harfield to score.  Six minutes later Winchester took the lead when Joe Cook headed home following a Jamie Barron.  Three minutes before half time Josh Harfield at the back post fires home for his second goal of the game following a Jamie Barron free kick.

 

All of the goals in the first half have come from dead ball situations. Winchester though started the second half well with Jamie Barron having a shot saved early on and six minutes into the half the Winchester skipper set up Oli Bailey who produced a good finish.

 

Even with a three goal advantage Winchester continued to look the team more likely to score and the home goalkeeper had to make saves from Jamie Barron, Simba Mlambo and Rob Flooks and although the home team had one effort which was just wide Winchester at this stage were very much in the ascendancy and very much deserved their victory, and their fans turned out in good numbers amongst a crowd of 134.  In the game's second period Winchester introduced Graham Williams, Jake Rawkins and IK Hill as second half substitutes.

 

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