Slimbridge 2 Winchester City 2
Winchester announced an unchanged starting line-up from Saturday's win at Merthyr, but were held to a draw by Slimbridge and have yet to win at Thornhill Park in four visits, although on this occasion they were denied victory as a result of a late equalizer and face a home replay on Tuesday which means that their already once postponed Hampshire Senior Cup tie with Hartley Wintney has been put back a further week, dependent on the F A Cup tie with Cirencester being settled at the first attempt.
Early on Tyrell Mitford's hooked shot was just wide and Brad Gale shit over, while at the other end Edji Mbunga shot over when well placed. Slimbridge however took the lead in the 13th minute when Yeshaya Lomotey's effort which looked to be going wide deceived Ryan Pryce as with a bit of wind assistance the ball crept in.
Reece Rusher had an effort saved which resulted in Joe Cook shooting over from the follow up. However Winchester did draw level in the 26th minute when Tyrell Mitford headed home a cross from Rusher. It became 2-1 when Slimbridge surrendered the ball in midfield and Joe Cook set up Jamie Barron whose effort went in off the post and although a Slimbridge defender on the goal-line was able to clear the ball it was judged that the ball had already crossed the line.
Reece Rusher had an effort deflected for a corner, while early in the second half an effort from Tyrell Mitford went wide, but for most of the second half Winchester mostly contained Slimbridge with Josh Harfield making one important interception and by this stage in the proceedings Winchester had bought on Matt Benham as substitute to replace Brett Cunningham.
Apart from one effort from Slimbridge's captain Dean Turner who was clean through, but shot straight at Ryan Pryce, any shots from the home side were off target and Winchester although looking dangerous on the break at times looked to have weathered the storm. However right at the death a goalmouth scramble resulted in Max Harper-Emerson levelling the scores despite valiant Winchester efforts to clear the ball.
On Saturday Winchester are at home to Cirencester in the F A Cup and providing there is no F A Cup replay are at home to Hartley Wintney in the Hampshire Senior Cup on the following Tuesday.
Winchester club stalwart Tina Elkins passed away last week, although her husband Yony and son Wayne were both present at Slimbridge.