Purdy punishes Marlow
Subsitute Graham Purdy produced a sublime finish midway through the second-half to give Winchester City a 2-1 away win in their latest pre-season friendly at Marlow FC, writes Matt Richbell.
Both sides started the game at a quick pace, a pace that remained frenetic throughout the contest. Marlow attached City's full backs throughout the game with their pace and from the outset were sending testing deliveries into the City box.
However, it was City who took the lead, when Tyrell Mitford, who has recently re-joined the club from Ramsgate FC, capitalised on a defensive error before rounding the keeper and rolling the ball into the empty net.
City's lead was shortlived, however, as Marlow once again attacked with pace from out wide, before their wide man curled an effort in off the far post, leaving Charlie Philpott with no chance. As the first continued continued, Marlow continued to push and had several long-range efforts but rarely tested Philpott.
Ryan Pryce replaced Philpott at half-time and looked solid throughout the second-half. There were substitutions aplenty throughout the second-half for both sides, with Reece Rusher coming on for City and testing the Marlow backline. Marlow were then reduced to ten men when Rob Carr was fouled when through on goal, but Mitford's effort from the resulting free-kick sailed over the crossbar. However, Graham Purdy restored City's advantage when an excellent through ball found Purdy in space and he delicately lobbed the onrushing Marlow keeper to put City ahead. City defended resolutely to maintain their lead and although Marlow peppered the box, Ryan Pryce commanded the box and City defended solidly to wrap up an impressive away victory in Buckinghamshire.