Winchester 0 Taunton 5
Winchester suffered their heaviest defeat of the season when they were beaten 5-0 by champions Taunton who maintained their unbeaten record and became only the second team to complete the league double over Winchester this season. As a result Winchester only maintained the faintest mathematical hope of reaching the playoffs and these hopes completely evaporated as a result of Evesham and Swindon Supermarine picking up points two days later.
Winchester made two changes to the starting line-up from Saturday with Joe Cook and Simba Mlambo coming in for Craig Davis and I K Hill.
Before the game a guard of honour was formed to commemorate Taunton's title success. However the home team fell behind in the 3rd minute when Craig Veal scored with a spectacular strike into the top corner. Ten minutes later Taunton captain Matt Wright met a Craig Veal cross from the right with a superb volley. Ryan Pryce in the Winchester goal then saved with his legs to deny Veal whose follow up shot was off target.
The only real shot Winchester had in the first half was an effort from Simba Mlambo that was saved with the follow up shot being off target.
Taunton had a goal disallowed following a corner, but still went into the interval with a comfortable 2-0 lead.
Any hope Winchester had of getting back in the game more or less disappeared early in the second half when the bobbly pitch deceived goalkeeper Ryan Pryce and Veal took full advantage to score his second of the game, After 57 minutes they fell further behind when after Wright's header hit the bar the ball was put back into his path and he scored from close range.
Winchester introduced youngsters Harvey Clark and Josh McCormick as second half substitutes, but Taunton made it 5-0 when Veal won the ball with a tackle and
crossed for Wright to complete his hat-trick. The home team had Josh Harfield sent off for a professional foul on Veal and although they did not create any chances of their own and Taunton had a few near misses they avoided conceding again as the hectic schedule of the last few days began to take its' toll, without taking anything away from the visitors who played some superb football and exploited Winchester deficiencies to the full.