Highworth Town 1 Winchester City 3
Playing with an unchanged starting line-up from Saturday's victory over Bristol Manor Farm Winchester obtained their 12th league victory and their 7th in away fixtures when they beat Highworth Town 3-1. The result enables 3rd place Winchester to move four points ahead of 4th and 5th placed Paulton Rovers and Larkhall Athletic who played each other on Saturday and drew.
Highworth from the Swindon area are in their 2nd season of Southern League football and prior to that were members of the Hellenic League Premier Division for 24 years finishing in the top half of the table in 17 of the last 21 of these and they also reached the F A Vase semi finals in 2015.
This was the first time that a match between the two clubs has been played on the scheduled
date and the league match between the two clubs at Winchester which was originally scheduled for September has yet to be played as a result of cup commitments and adverse weather, although it has now been rescheduled for February.
Winchester took the lead in the 28th minute through Oli Bailey who scored with a good strike and eight minutes later Highworth drew level when Sam Morris converted a cross from Jacob
Davidge and scored with a volley. Before the opening goal both teams had half chances, although Winchester probably had mote of them although most of their shooting was off target. Towards the end of the first half Highworth Town's Callum Parsons put in a cross that no-one could on the end of.
Early in the second half Connor Johns made a good save to deny Oli Bailey. At the other end
important blocks by the Winchester defence kept out Sam Morris. Winchester however regained the lead when Sam Morris was adjudged to have handled the ball and Winchester captain Jamie Barron converted the resulting penalty. Winchester then made the game safe five minutes from time when Ollie Balmer followed a good run by putting the ball away.
It was a good three points for Winchester who introduced Joe Hayward , Rob Carr and Ollie Griggs as second half substitutes. There were several bookings in the match, but Winchester now average two points per league game with more than half of the season gone.