Winchester 1 Gosport Borough 1
Winchester went out of the league cup on penalties to Gosport Borough after the teams finished level at 1-1 after 90 minutes.
With an F A Cup tie at Frome on the Saturday Winchester fielded a completely different team to Saturday although the regular first team players were in attendance. However Jake Rawkins, Sam Roberts who captained the team on the night and new signing Brett Cunningham were all in the Winchester starting line-up which also included player manager Craig Davis.
Gosport for their part also had an important F A Cup game on the Saturday, but although former Winchester favourite Robbie Flooks did not feature, their small squad effectively represented their first team with the two best known players being player coach Matt Tubbs who started the match and player manager Craig McAllister who was on the bench. Gosport's team included roughly half of the team that had beaten Metropolitan Police three days earlier.
Before the game a minute's silence was observed for Hampshire football association stalwart John Ward who recently died.
The first half was mainly Gosport's and they took the lead when their number 5 Harry Medway headed home a corner from the left. Nradley Stone, Connor Hoare and Samuel Lanahan also came close to scoring for Gosport, while Josh Corner made an important block to keep them out, but it was 1-0 at the interval.
During the second half Winchester rallied well even though they lost Jake Rawkins to a shoulder injury and he was replaced by chairman's son Alfie Trodd. Lamar Koroma forced a save from Patrick O'Flaherty and Craig Davis had a free kick deflected for a corner. They drew level when a corner from the left from Craig Davis was headed home by Sam Roberts. Interestingly enough both goals were headers by number 5's from corners from the left and at the same end of the pitch.
Gosport still had chances of their own in the second half and rallied particularly strongly after Winchester scored, but the young Winchester team who even had some youngsters unavailable for this match showed great determination and can take much credit for the fact that they were able to finish level after 90 minutes against a squad of players from a higher division.
After 90 minutes the match went straight to penalties and although Craig Davis scored Winchester's first spot kick and Gosport missed theirs, three penalty misses out of 4, with only Lamar Koroma converting combined with the fact that Gosport converted their next three spot kicks meant that with the score 3-2 in the penalty shoot out Gosport did not need to take their fifth penalty.