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Winchester 2 North Leigh 0

on Sat 21 Apr

After four games without a league win Winchester returned to winning ways with a 2-0 home win against North Leigh, a result which virtually ensured them of a top half of the table, with Cinderford who have a large points deficit to make up in a congested end of season fixture list the only bottom half of the table able to catch them.

 

Winchester made two changed to the starting line-up from Tuesday's game against Taunton with Craig Davis and Joe Hayward replacing Simba Mlambo and Adam Tomasso.

 

North Leigh are in the lower half of the table, but this was their first ever away defeat against Winchester in what Winchester manager Craig Davis described as "A good win I which we missed several chances".  North Leigh were without George Seacole and their manager John Brough as a substitute. 

 

Early on Ryan Pryce in the Winchester goal made a good save from Josh Thomas.  However Winchester took the lead in the 25th minute when Rob Carr scored with a superbly struck free kick.  Oli Bailey then was put through, but North Leigh goalkeeper Ross Grimshaw made a good save to deny him.  Carr then set up Dan Williamson who was playing on the right hand side of midfield, but his effort was blocked.  Winchester also had a possible penalty turned down when they felt Oli Bailey may have been pushed.

 

Winchester mainly dominated the second half, although Declan Sheppard forced a save from Pryce.  Rob Carr had a shot saved, Williamson had a shot tipped over, Gilbert shot wide and Bailey also went close.  However while they were only one goal ahead there was always a danger that North Leigh could snatch an equalizer on the break, but Oli Bailey made the points safe in the 86th minute when he scored with a well executed lob.

 

Winchester conclude the season this week with a home game against Cirencester on Tuesday and an away game against Bideford on Saturday.

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