North Leigh 1 - 2 Winchester City
The benefit of having a squad system paid of for City on Wednesday City 28th February when they travelled to Oxfordshire to take on league leaders North Leigh and came away with a well worked 2-1 win. With Taz Roberts and Luke Benali both suspended, Micky Hubbard unavailable and George Short still injured Manager Paul Masters could still field a strong enough team to inflict the league leaders first home defeat.
North Leigh started strongly and went ahead in the 12th minute when Zak Westlake’s header from a corner appeared to have crossed the line, the Referee waiving away the protests.
Gradually City hauled themselves back into the game and in the 43rd minute Zach Glasspool finished off a good move with a shot into the bottom corner.
City were in command in the second half but North Leigh defended well and it looked as if City had snatched it in the 75th minute with a great header from Dan Cann but it was just wide.
Winchester never settled for a point, however, and the winner came in the 86th minute when Warren Bentley broke free and ran straight at goal and slammed home his 25th goal of the season.
Although the lime light always shines on the strikers, it was the solidity of Rob Flookes, Adam Tommasso, Leigh Mills, Jaimie Thoroughgood and Danny King at the back which held City's game together. Jake Newton come back from injury with some solid minutes at the end of the game.
City: Brendan Norris, Leigh Mills, Danny King, Jamie Barron, Jamie Thoroughgood, Rob Flooks, Adam Tomasso, Bouwe Bosma, Zach Glasspool, Warren Bentley, Dan Cann, Matt Benham (sub), Brad Snelling, Francisco Vivo, Harrison Fay, Jake Newton (sub).