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Winchester 1 North Leigh 2

on Sun 20 Nov

Winchester suffered their 4th league defeat out of 5, but gave a good account of themselves against a North Leigh side who have begun to climb the table in recent weeks.

 

Both teams went into the match having enjoyed good F A Trophy victories over the weekend with both facing Ryman Premier opposition in the next round.

 

Winchester made one change to the starting line-up from Saturday with Danny King coming in for Stuart Mott, while Joe Briggs returned to the bench.

 

It was quite an open game with both Craig Feeney and Aaron Woodley twice coming close for their teams early on, with Feeney having one effort saved by Manny Agboola who gave a good performance in the visitors goal, while at the other end Robbie Matthews made a crucial block to deny Woodley at the expense of a corner.

 

However in the  20th minute Woodley was given a free header and the ball looped in.  Six minutes later though Winchester were on level terms when Adam Roberts was able to convert a Stuart Green cross at the far post.

 

Winchester then had a good spell of play with Stuart Green going on a good run, but shooting wide, Feeney forcing another save from Agboola, with Andy Jenkinson hitting the follow up shot wide, and Adam Tomasso coming close with a diving header.  North Leigh were very much a threat though with Woodley in particular looking dangerous.

 

The second half was very much end to end, but Winchester coming the closest to scoring with Danny Smith hitting the underside of the bar and Agboola making a couple of further saves to keep them out.  However the Winchester did look stretched at times and Lewis Noice had on more than occasion to rush from his area to break up an attack.  The experienced Jamie Cook who came on as substitute came close for the visitors, but 8 minutes from time Woodley produced a good finish to put his side 2-1 up.

 

Even then Winchester who bought on Joe Briggs late on had a couple of chances to draw level, but it was not to be and they could only reflect on what might have happened if they took their chances to score, although North Leigh could also have scored more goals.