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Winchester 0 Cirencester 2

on Fri 27 Apr

  Cirencester maintained their 100% record against Winchester having won all six games between the clubs, as they came from behind to win 2-1 and continue their challenge for a playoff berth.

 

In windy conditions Winchester made two changes from Saturday with Liam Gilbert and the suspended Josh Harfield replaced by Simba Mlambo and Adam Tomasso.

 

Early on Alan Griffin brother of manager Charlie headed wide for the home team, while at the other end Adam Tomasso had a shot saved.

 

Winchester had a great chance to take the lead when Rob Carr was fouled by Will Christopher, but Adam Tomasso's penalty kick was saved by Marteusz Wikezopek.  A wind assisted lob by Christopher almost deceived Ryan Pryce, but he was able to react in time and prevent the ball going in.  They did take the lead when Oli Bailey hit the post and Simba Mlambo was able to react and score from close range. 

 

Winchester came close to adding to their lead when Bailey set up Carr who shot over  Bailey also hit the side netting and Winchester had other half chances, but right at the end of the half a throw in was flicked on to their leading scorer Ben Whitehead who scored with a powerfully struck shot.

 

In the second half Ben Williamson who playing on the right hand side of midfield made some good runs shot wide from a good position, while Mlambo had an effort blocked.  However Cirencester took the lead when a corner was not cleared and the ball fell to Alexandru Albert who made no mistake. 

 

An effort by Griffin went just over the bar, but Winchester had a great chance to level the scores when they were awarded a further penalty which this time was taken by Jamie Barron, but again Wikezopek was able to save the spot kick.

 

An effort by Danny King went on top of the bar, but although Cirencester were dangerous on the break Winchester forced them to defend deeply and were able to create a few half chances, but were unable to score again in a match where they had far more shots than the in form visitors.

 

Jamie Barron's goal against Didcot was voted Winchester's best of the campaign which ends on Saturday when they travel to Bideford.  The following Saturday sees a testimonial match for long serving full back Danny King, followed by the club's presentation evening. 

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