Kidlington 3 Winchester City 1
Winchester went out of the F A Trophy losing 3-1 to a Kidlington team that had already beaten them in the league.
Winchester started with the line-up that had helped them enjoy convincing league wins against Mangotsfield and Barnstaple in recent weeks, although with Danny King injured Andy Jenkinson filled the left back role. Kidlington's team consisted mainly of Kidlington based players, although local soccer enthusiasts may recall Anaclet Odhiambo playing for Eastleigh alongside Craig McaLLister and David Puckett, and his brother Eddie being on Southampton FC's books, with both brothers being in the home team's line up.
Early on Rob Flooks and Pat Cox for Winchester had shots blocked, while at the other end good play by Lewis Coyle and Mark Janes put Anaclet Odhiambo in a good position, but his effort was off target. Sam Warrell in the home goal just beat Olly Bailey to the ball, but generally the first half saw both teams break well from defence, but with their attacks being cut out before any damage could be done to the opposing defence.
Kidlington introduced Darius Browne as substitute and he quickly made an impact as a lively wing back with his pace and energy. He won a free kick on the left and this eventually led to their goal with captain Tom Franklin setting up Lewis Coyle for his second goal against Winchester this season. Shortly before this Sam Warrell who had also performed heroically at Winchester made an excellent save from Pat Cox after good work by Rob Carr and Olly Bailey.
Shortly after the goal Bailey's whose pace looked threatening at times had to go off injured. However Winchester did draw level when following a goalmouth scramble with several players from both sides involved, it was Josh Harfield who finally bundled the ball over the line, although members of the Kidlington contingent thought the ball had never actually crossed the line.
Having drawn level it was disappointing to concede three minutes later when Browne crossed for fellow substitute Lance Williams to score. After this Kidlington looked the more likely team to score a further goal and Elliott Osborne-Ricketts had a powerfully struck shot only just off target.
In added on time Adam Tomasso gave a free kick away which led to Coyle setting up Browne for the third goal.
It is fair to say that some members of the Winchester contingent felt the rub of the green in the referee's decisions did not go their way, but overall Kidlington who are at home to Slough in the next round were the better team on the day, with our performance not being as good as those in recent weeks.
Even though more than half of the teams in our division will go out of the F A Trophy in this round it is disappointing to go out of the competition, but minds must now be focussed on Saturday's home game against a Bristol Manor Farm team that have made an impressive start to the season following promotion. Following Saturday's game the club are having a Race Night at the club.