Larkhall Athletic 3 Winchester City 1
Larkhall obtained their first ever victory against Winchester and maintain third place, while as a result of other results going against them Winchester drop to seventh. Prior to Saturday Winchester drop to seventh. Prior to Saturday Winchester had emerged victorious on all four visits to Larkhall's picturesque ground located on the top of a hill on the outskirts of Bath.
Winchester made three changes to the starting line-up from Tuesday's game at Cirencester with Liam Gilbert, Max Smith and I K Hill coming in for Ollie Griggs, Ollie Balmer and Oli Bailey with the last two named on the bench. Of the injured players Luke King is likely to be out for the remainder of the season, Danny King hopes to return soon, while they continue to miss the commanding figure of Keith Emmerson at the back.
Larkhall started the game very brightly and dominated the first 10 minutes. However their opening goal in the 7th minute had an element of good fortune about it as a shot from Brad Norris took a huge deflection past Ryan Pryce. In fairness Winchester were against a strong wind in the first half, but despite this they still drew level in the 29th minute when Kieran Douglas headed home a corner.
Unfortunately for Winchester their hopes of taking advantage of the wind in the second half were reduced when the wind began to recede in the second period of the game. The second half was a very even contest with both teams having their attacking moments and Larkhall's leading scorer Lewis Powell hitting the side netting In the 72nd minute Joe Tumelty who had scored for Bristol Manor Farm against Winchester on the opening day of the season regained the lead for the home side, with again the ball taking a deflection on its' way in
Winchester were then pushing forward in terms of an equalizer, but in the 80th minute a Winchester defender in trying to clear only succeeded in kicking the ball against Norris who scored his second of the game to make sure that the three points were won by Larkhall mho are a club good on the hospitality side of things and are only in their sixth season as a Southern League club, with every chance of reaching the playoffs of this division for only the second time.