Winchester City 1-3 CirencesterTown




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Winchester 0 Highworth1

on Wed 20 Oct

Winchester suffered their first home league defeat of the season when they lost 1-0 to Highworth on a day when wet conditions made good football difficult to achieve. The all important goal came in the 78th minute through Ashley Edenborough who has a good record of scoring against Winchester having netted in both of the games between the clubs last season.

For the match against a Highworth team that had won their last four league games and are managed by former Basingstoke central defender Ross Adams Winchester announced an unchanged team from Saturday with even the substitutes remaining the same.

Although in the first half Winchester came close to scoring on a few occasions with the Highworth goalkeeper only able to parry a shot from Ollie Balmer into the path of Jamie Barron who shot over, Josh McCormick also forcing a save from Highworth goalkeeper Connor Johns, Oli Bailey shooting wide when well placed and Ollie Balmer having an effort deflected for a corner, but Highworth came the closest to scoring in the first half with both Felipe Bercelos hitting the crossbar with a header and Ashley Edenborough also ,hitting the woodwork.

Winchester's best chance in the second half in which both teams had their fair share of attacks, with good defensive blocks being made at both ends the nearest came to scoring was when a cross from Craig Feeney seeing Oli Bailey hit the post. In addition both Bercelos and Edenborough had shots saved by Winchester goalkeeper Charlie Philpott. Ollie Griggs also came close with a long range shot.

Soon after scoring following good work by Toby Holland, Harrison Edwards and Bercelos Ashley Edenborough had to go off injured and he was replaced by Luke Jones who in the closing minutes received two yellow cards in quick succession. In the second half Winchester bought in Simba Mlambo, Dan Bradshaw and Alex Haynes as substitutes, but they were unable to score the all important goal

Shortly before the decisive goal Matt Grabe made an important block to keep them out and it is fair to say that Highworth defended well, but after going behind Winchester exerted s lot of pressure, forced several corners and had a lot of possession in dangerous areas as well as having a man advantage in the latter stages Highworth were able to hold on for the win

On Saturday Winchester are at home to Willand Rovers and on the following Tuesday are away to Frome. The home fixture against Slimbridge has been bought forward to Saturday 30th October meaning that after more than a month without a league game they will be playing five in 18 days. The home match against Cirencester originally postponed due to Cirencester's F A Cup involvement has now been arranged for Tuesday 23rd November.

In the first round proper of the F A Youth Cup Winchester have been drawn to play away to Swindon Town.






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