Moneyfields 0 Winchester 2
Winchester were in action for the first time for two and a half weeks, but achieved an excellent 2-0 win at Moneyfields. Moneyfields reached the playoffs last season. Their manager of last season Dave Carter recently returned to the club having originally resigned.. Amongst their players are Joe Briggs who used to play for Winchester and Brett Poate who captained the Gosport Borough team that reached the F A Trophy final.
With Robbie Flooks and Ollie Balmer unavailable and Dan Williamson replacing Joe Hayward at right back with the latter on the substitutes bench Winchester made three changes to the starting line-up from the Thame replay with Rob Carr and Kieran Douglas also coming in. Winchester though having loaned out a few of their players, to Amesbury were only able to name three substitutes.
Heavy rain at the start of the game made conditions difficult, but Winchester scored in the 10th minute with the first meaningful attack of the game when a corner was not cleared andSinba Mlambo scored with a volley. Mlambo also had another shot saved, and stung the home goalkeeper's hands with another effort. At the other end Kieran Douglas made a good block, but he had to go off injured shortly afterwards to be replaced by Joe Hayward. Jamie Barron and Luke King wer4e narrowly off target for Winchester, but Moneyfields came into the game as the half progressed and they came close on a couple of occasions to levelling.
Early in the second half Ryan Pryce had to save from Ryan Pennery with Keith Emmerson clearing the follow up effort off the line. Although they were defending well Moneyfields applied a bit of pressure at the start of trhe second half with Jake Raine coming close with a free kick. Winchester however began to develop attacks of their own and Simba Mlambo was only narrowly off target with one effort. They scored a second midway trough the second half when Luke KIng headed home a corner.
That goal gave Winchester a bit of a cushion and one sensed it was going to be their day when the home team were awarded a penalty, but Pryce saved Pennery's spot kick.