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Winchester 1 Bishops Cleeve 2

on Thu 27 Oct

Winchester suffered their third league defeat when they lost 2-1 to Bishops Cleeve and as a result slipped to 18th in the table.

 

They made three changes to the starting line-up from Saturday with Craig Feeney, Marley Ridge and Joe Hayward coming in for Ross Bottomley, Joe Briggs and Andy Jenkinson with the last two named dropping to the bench.

 

Winchester tested the Bishops Cleeve goalkeeper twice in the early stages, once from Craig Feeney, while at the other end a powerful shot from Jack Horrell was off target.  Paul Holmes then hit the underside of the bar for the visitors, but the ball was somehow cleared as it bounced down.

 

Winchester did create a few half chances, but they failed to test the Bishops Cleeve goalkeeper.  At the other end Aaron Drake and Jack Watts combined well on the left flank, but the final shot was miscued.

 

Bishops Cleeve however took the lead in the 35th minute with a curling shot from Jack Hurrell.  Before half time though it is the turn of Dan Simmonds to hit the bar, but Bishops Cleeve go into the interval with a 1-0 lead.

 

The second half is quite end to end with both teams having opportunities they could have done more with.  Winchester are having more possession, but Bishops Cleeve look dangerous on the break and midway through the half Horrell produces another good shot to make it 2-0.

 

However the game continues to be open and with quarter of an hour remaining the ball is played through to Craig Feeney who makes no mistake.  Howard Neighbour has a great chance to level the scores a minute later following a cross from Stuart Green, but his effort was just off target.  The Bishops Cleeve goalkeeper makes another important save to maintain his side's lead, but at the other end Jack Watts has a great chance following a weak clearance by Lewis Noice, but his effort is just off target.

 

Craig Feeney forces another good save from Matt Wieczorek, and has another chance, where he pushes the ball forward too far and the Bishops Cleeve defence are able to keep him out as they complete a win that moves them above Winchester in the table.

 

Winchester are away to Fleet in the F A Trophy on Saturday and if no replay is required from that match or Evesham's match with Frome will be away to Evesham on the following Tuesday.