Winchester City 3-2 Slimbridge

Winchester 1 AFC Stoneham 1

on Sat 24 Aug

Winchester's F A cup tie with AFC Stoneham featured two teams who both had good F A Cup runs last year in which they beat two teams from a higher division in the competition and the two teams also met in last season's Southampton Senior Cup semi final with AFC Stoneham winning 4-3.  However on this occasion the match finished 1-1 and will be replayed at AFC Stoneham on Tuesday 3rd September with a last minute goal earning the visitors a second bite of the cherry,.  Winchester manager though admitted that while giving credit to the visitors he was disappointed with his team's performance.

Winchester made two changes to the starting line-up.  The in form Simba Mlambo was unavailable and Joe Hayward was named as one of the seven substitutes alongside Liam Gilbert.  Keith Emmerson made his first appearance of the season and I K Hill also started.

The first half was fairly uneventful and a lot of people would have said at the interval that the game had 0-0 written all over it.  Ryan Pryce had to make saves from Callum Laycock and Scott Hills, while Matt Bainbridge shot over.  Kieran Douglas also made a couple of important blocks, while Winchester had their fair share of possession, but they seldom troubled Matthew Fredericks in the AFC Stoneham goal, although he did have to make a routine save from Danny King.

The second half was a bit more lively with both teams having half chances.  However the nearest we came to a goal was midway through the half when Ollie Balmer hit the post and Fredericks did well to tip Jamie Barron's follow up shot away for a corner.  Barron was becoming more influential in the middle of the park and he was putting some good passes across the field, although Winchester at times surrendered possession too easily.  It was Barron who gave Winchester the lead in the 78th minute.

Max Smith and Liam Gilbert came on in the game's second period, but although they were not completely sitting on the lead Winchester were playing the ball into the corner with still a few minutes remaining and then came the last gasp Matt Palmer leveller when in fairness to him he struck the ball well.

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