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Sholing 2 Winchester City 0

on Mon 30 Aug

Two second half goals condemned Winchester City to their first league defeat of the season. Both Sholing and Winchester went into the fixture having enjoyed good wins on Saturday. Sholing went into this match having won 2 and drawn 1 of their 3 league matches and they have also progressed in the F A Cup. They have bought in several new players this season including Mitchell Byrne son of former Eastleigh captain Dean Byrne.

Winchester made three changes to the starting line-up from Saturday with Joe Hayward replacing Rob Flooks at centre back and Adam Grange and Alex Haynes coming in for Max Smith and Dan Bradshaw with the last two named being on the substitutes bench.

The first half was probably just shaded by Winchester and they certainly came the closest to scoring in it with Adam Grange forcing Ryan Gosney to save with his legs and with the goalkeeper also saving the follow up. In addition Oli Bailey broke clear of the Sholing defence, but just pushed the ball slightly too far forward. Gosney also had to save from Jamie Barron who was set up by Danny King, while Ll.lie Balmer had an effort deflected for a corner.

At the other end Sholing's former Winchester City captain Stuart Green was full of running and energy and on two occasions Winchester defenders had to make important interceptions to keep him out. In addition Charlie Philpott had to rush from his goal to beat Green to the ball on another occasion.

However it is fair to say that Sholing had the better of the game's second period and although both teams had attacking moments at the start of the half it was Sholing who looked the team more likely to score and they did so in the 57th minute when Brad Targett headed home a corner Oli Bailey came close to equalizing with a header which was deflected for a corner However Sholing scored the all important second goal when in the 69th minute Jake Cope found space on the left hand side and scored with a low shot into the bottom corner.

Winchester introduced all three substitutes with Dan Bradshaw, Simba Mlambo and Greg Peel replacing Adam Grange, Alex Haynes and Ollie Griggs. However although Bradshaw forced a further save from Gosney and Mlambo also had a shot which went just over Sholing never really looked like surrendering their lead and the ever dangerous Green remained a threat all game.

The Bank Holiday fixture attracted a sizeable crowd of 340which was exactly double Winchester's Saturday attendance and the two clubs who are are in the context of this division are neighbours have met several times in the 21st century.

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