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Winchester 3 Basingstoke 3 Hampshire Senior Cup

on Tue 5 Dec

Winchester eliminated holders Basingstoke from the Hampshire Senior Cup on penalties after the teams were level at 3-3 after 90 minutes.


Winchester gave a debut to young striker Ben Sunley and there was also a starting place for IK Hill with Oli Bailey, Josh Harfield, Adam Tomasso, Andy Jenkinson and Rob Carr not featuring and Ben Williamson on the bench,  Basingstoke who are one division above Winchester did not include main strikers Ben Wright and Sam Argent and they are managed by the experienced Terry Brown.


Early on both teams had efforts blocked at the expense of corners, while Winchester's Liam Gilbert came close with a powerfully struck effort.  Basingstoke however took the lead in the 28th minute when Sam Smart's cross set up Jack McKnight and Basingstoke went into the interval with a 1-0 lead.


McKnight scored his second nine minutes into the second half, but to their credit Winchester kept battling and Liam Gilbert pulled a goal back midway through the half with a superbly struck shot from distance.  By this stage Winchester had introduced Dan Williamson as substitute and he was overlapping to good effect.


Winchester were also giving Basingstoke problems with dead ball situations and from a free kick Jamie Barron hit the underside of the bar and a further free kick with 14 minutes to a free kick into the box led to the equalizer.  There was debate about whether Rob Flooks or Simba Mlambo got the final touch was an item for debate. although Flooks was eventually given the goal, although he was replaced immediately afterwards by player manager Craig Davis.


Three minutes from the end of normal time a long throw enabled Joe Cook to score the third to complete a great fight back. but when the three minutes of added on time had appeared to have been used up Basingstoke scored a last ditch goal following a corner with Callum Bunting the scorer,


This led to a penalty shoot out in which both teams missed their first two spot kicks.  However the next nine penalties were converted with Jamie Barron, Joe Hayward, Joe Cook, IK Hill and Pat Cox scoring for Winchester before Ryan Pryce saved Basingstoke's fifth to send Winchester through much to the joy of their fans.







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