Paulton Rovers 0 Winchester City 3
A hat-trick by Oli Bailey enabled Winchester to reach the semi finals of the Southern League cup where they will join Cirencester Town, Chesham United and Needham Market with Cirencester winning a penalty shoot out against Frome on the same evening. This success meant that for the fifth successive season Winchester made it to the semi finals of one of the three midweek competitions they enter and this is in addition to having their best ever spell in Southern League football and also playing in the F A Cup and F A Trophy and credit is due to the management, players and supporters in achieving this.
It was only Winchester's 4th win in 15 games against Paulton and the other three successes have all been by the odd goal. Paulton drew 1-1 at Winchester in a league game earlier in the season and like Winchester are challenging for a playoff place. Paulton's striker Ben Bamebt is one of the most prolific goalscorers in Southern League football and he played on Tuesday night.
Of the team that started against Evesham only Ryan Pryce, Dan Williamson, Max Smith, Oli Bailey and Simba Mlambo were again in the starting line-up against Paulton which also included Joe Hayward playing at left back, I K Hill, Dom Panesar-Dower and Olly Griggs all of whom were on the substitutes bench against Evesham, Lawson Bright was bought in at centre back and manager Craig Davis again featured.
Paulton made a bright start and put Winchester under intense pressure in the first 10 minutes and the visitors did well to keep them out. However Winchester began to create chances. Firstly in the 16th minute Olly Griggs had a shot saved with Panesar-Dower's follow up shot was blocked and a couple of minutes later I K Hill shot narrowly wide.
Winchester however took the lead in the 28th minute when Panesar-Dower set up Bailey and two minutes later Bailey followed up after I K Hill's initial effort was saved. Generally though at the interval when Winchester held a 2-0 lead they defended strongly when they needed to and they took their chances well.
In the 59th minute Oli Bailey completed his hat-trick when following a good Winchester move which began in their own half he found himself clean through and slotted home to effectively end the match as a contest and with the tie won Winchester introduced Ewan Haylor, Jacob Brown and Jordan Preston as substitutes as they had in the previous round against Sholing.