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Winchester 1-0 Wimborne

on Mon 28 Aug

Winchester 1-0 Wimborne

 

What a great weekend for us that was, 6 points bagged, clean sheet and a good win against a local(ish) rival, couldn't have asked for more really! Massive amounts of credit to my whole squad of players and staff for a good job done.

Team 

Pryce
Williamson
King
Tomasso
Flooks
Harfield 
Jenkinson
Barron 
White
Cox
Carr 

Subs
Hill
Hayward
Mlambo
Davis
Andrady 

So we welcomed back Simba to the squad today from who travelled on Saturday. It's a tough one on a bank holiday to know if you should make changes as it's a tight turnaround of games, we decided to start the same as Saturday as they earnt the right to start in my opinion, I knew though that tired legs after a long journey (not to be underestimated how that takes extra out of players) and game Saturday would be a factor.

I thought it was a fairly scrappy game on the most part today, absolutely boiling hot weather rarely makes for a spectacle on the pitch, nice to watch in though. I thought we looked the better side throughout the first half despite not really getting into our rhythm fully, a number of decent chances and moves particularly down the right side had us looking good. We had to contend with a couple of corners one of which we scrambled away and the other a great save from Prycey, that was it from them really. We got deservedly ahead with a Josh Harfield header from a Barron cross, that gave us a 1-0 lead at the break.

Second half I felt for 15/20 minutes we imposed ourselves on them a lot more and were looking for that killer goal, again without playing our sparking best, all the while that didn't come it gave them a foothold in the game. They started to throw men forward which caused us a few anxious moments, we made 3 changes all of which were tactical and worked for us in nullifying them really and whilst they had a spell we contained it with one good save from Prycey. We still had chances with Simba nearly scoring a header and a couple of good chances in the box which we made bad choices on, choosing a shot when a cut back was on. I have to say we closed the game out very well and that was pleasing.

In many ways winning a scrappy 1-0 is the best way to win, shows good character and spirit to dig it out, I have to say that these lads are a great bunch, the amount of effort going in to get things right from the players and staff is huge. We are not anywhere near where I want us to be or where I think this group can go, however I couldn't ask more in terms of effort, we are going to keep striving to improve in every way.

For now though we can be satisfied with 9 points from 12 and a very tricky facup tie hurdled. It's not been an easy start, all the sides we have played have picked up a number of decent results and some very tough places to go, so we can take confidence from that. 

Next weekend will be a tough game, yet another tough trip, we will be ready for it though and hopefully can produce the performance we need to get a positive result! 

Up the citizens!!!

Davo