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Winchester 1 Larkhall 0

on Sun 2 Dec

Winchester achieved only their second home league win of the season and their first since the opening week of the season as they beat Larkhall 1-0 and moved above the Larks in the table and now occupy 10th position in the table.  The winning goal was a good team effort and was scored by I K Hill in the 80th minute.  Hill who has recently rejoined the club from Alresford had come on as a second half substitute.

 

Winchester made two changes to the starting line-up from Tuesday's game at Fleet with Tyrell Mitford and Ollie Griggs coming in for Simba Mlambo and Rob Carr.  Reserve team players Fabio Manuel and Chey Jennings were on the Winchester bench.

 

Early on Larkhall's prolific striker Lewis Powell shot over after an initial shot was blocked and also saw another of his efforts hit the side netting.  At the other end Winchester's Oli Bailey forced a save from Shaun Semmens in the Larkhall goal.

 

The nearest we came to a goal in the first half was when Wayne Nderemani whose industry as a wing back caused Winchester a few problems had an effort saved by Pryce with the follow up resulting in the visitors only being denied by the woodwork and a goal-line clearance.  Pryce also made a couple of further important saves in the first half to keep the scores level.  Winchester though had a couple of attacking moments at the end of the first half with firstly Joe Cook shooting over after Barron's initial shot was blocked and then Cook forced a save from Semmens in the closing moments of the game's first period.

 

Larkhall just about shaded the first half, but Winchester looked a more solid outfit in the game's second period.  Both teams got in crucial blocks to cut out opposing attacks during the game's second period and an effort from Jamie Barron that was saved by Semmens was the only on target effort of note in the early part of the half, although the energetic Jake Rawkins was a major driving force for Winchester.

 

The all important goal came 10 minutes from time when I K Hill who replaced Tyrell Mitford in the second half finished an excellent move involving Jamie Barron and Joe Hayward with a low right foot shot from inside the area.

 

Following the goal Larkhall tried their best to find an equalizer with Pryce being called into action three times and Craig Davis bringing himself on for Oli Bailey.  However Winchester who travel to Street on Saturday held on for their third win in a week.

 

Winchester's Christmas party scheduled for 20th December will be attended by more than 40 people and there will be a players meal after the Bristol Manor Farm match on 22nd December.  

 

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