Winchester 1 Bristol Manor Farm 3
Winchester's hopes of a playoff place received a setback when they lost to a Bristol Manor Farm team who although in the lower half of the table completed the double against them for the second successive season. With Cinderford winning and moving above them and with leaders Blackfield And Langley now passing their ground grading they know they need to finish in the top five to achieve a playoff place.
Bristol Manor Farm have had an inconsistent season, but are a strong side physically, have a good travelling support and have shown their potential by reaching the 3rd qualifying round of the F A Cup beating Basingstoke 5-2 on the way.
For Winchester there was one change to the starting line-up from Tuesday's win over AFC Totton with Liam Gilbert coming in for Tyrell Mitford who dropped to the bench. Bristol Manor Farm who for the second successive week named only three substitutes made three changes to the starting line-up from last week's defeat at Highworth with Ashley Kington, Chas Hemmings and Aaron Robbins the three players coming in, both Kingron and Hemmings were on the substitutes bench the previous week.
The visitors started Saturday's game brightly with both Jordan Rogers and Owen Howe having efforts that were not far off target and Ryan Pryce in the Winchester goal on another occasion just beating Howe to the ball. However Winchester took the lead with virtually their first attack of note when following a corner Rob Flooks's bicycle kick was blocked and Oli Bailey followed up to score.
Following the goal Owen Howe had a header that hit the top of the crosss bar and Jordan Rogers also had a header saved by Pryce. However Winchester begun to come more into the game and following a good run I K Hill shot over.
However any hope Winchester had of going into the interval with a led were ended in the 31st minute when Kington scored with an excellently struck free kick which took a deflection past Pryce.
Winchester started the second half brightly and in the opening minute of the half a good move saw Oli Bailey seeing his goal bound effort kept out by a crucial block from a Bristol Manor Farm defender. Soon afterwards Winchester replaced their captain Jamie Barron who had been injured earlier in the game as a result of a tackle which resulted in a Bristol Manor Farm defender receiving a yellow card, with Rob Carr coming on in his place.
Following a corner Rob Flooks had a header well saved by Ben Johns, but that was to be the central defender's last meaningful contribution to the game as he had also received an injury earlier in the game and he was replaced by player manager Craig Davis who took his place in the back four.
However midway through the half the Bristol Manor Farm captain Steve Kingdon scored to put his side 2-1 up and shortly afterwards Tyrell Mitford became Winchester's third substitute when he replaced I K Hill.
Rob Carr put in a cross that was deflected for a corner with Oli Bailey and Simba Mlambo only a whisker away from getting a decisive touch. Jordan Metters shot wide and Rob Carr also came close, but in the 84th minute another Kington free kick took a deflection past Pryce to seal the victory.
In added on time Ben Johns made a good save from Tyrell Mitford and an even better one from Josh Harfield, but it was all too late for Winchester who for the third time lost to Bristol Manor Farm having scored first. The visitors also used all three substitutes, the last of which was made in added on time, but they certainly did not play like a team in the lower half of the division.