Winchester 0 Swindon Supermarine 2
Winchester went into this match 11 points short of the playoffs with 9 games remaining. It was felt that if they could reduce this number to a single figure by close of play, but their loss and victory for Evesham has increased the deficit to 14 points and with it their hopes pretty well extinguished.
Swindon were still very much in the playoff mix themselves and although Winchester had won 2-0 at Swindon on Guy Fawkes Day they never looked like repeating their success in this fixture.
Jamie Barron and Olly Searle returned to the side having been cup-tied on Tuesday ands Danny Smith was also available again and Nick Watts was also given a starting berth. Joe Briggs and Dan King were injured and Jack Hannam and I K Hill dropped to the bench.
Early on Andy Jenkinson had an effort deflected for a corner, but the visitors started to gain a lot of possession and the Winchester defence had to make some important blocks to keep them out. Lewis Noice in the home goal had to tip an effort from Brad Hooper over the bar, while at the other end Adam Roberts broke clear, but his effort was just wide.
Swindon did take the lead in the 38th minute when Ryan Campbell's effort hit the bar and Callum Parsons following up headed home.
Early in the second half Ryan Campbell had an effort deflected wide, but it was 2-0 in the 54th minute when Adam Roberts fouled Joe Selman and Brad Hooper converted the resulting penalty.
The visitors were very much on top by now and Noice made good saves from Selman, Campbell and Callum Parsons. Winchester who again missed the influential Stuart Green in addition to the other injured players struggled to get any meaningful attacks going, although they bought on Sam Wilson as substitute. In the 85th minute Adam Roberts set up Craig Feeney who forced a save from Connor Johns and the home team did have one headed chance which went well off target, but in the end they were well beaten.
After Tuesday's visit to Salisbury Winchester travel to Yate on Saturday.