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Winchester 3 Blackfield and Langley 0

on Wed 24 Apr

Winchester won their final home match of the season when they beat champions Blackfield And Langley 3-0 and now have a winner take all match with Cinderford on Saturday to look forward to which will determine whether they reach the playoffs.


Blackfield had clinched the title on the Saturday in their first season at this level which was a great achievement considering that during the season they had to cope with the death of their Assistant Manager and their clubhouse being out of action for several weeks.


Before the game a guard of honour was formed for the champions who had former Winchester players Adam Tomasso and Lerone Plummer, plus Eastleigh loanee Tom Bearwish on the bench with another former Winchester favourite Liam Robinson not featuring at all.


Winchester themselves made two changes to the starting line-up from the Friday game with Rob Carr working and replaced by Jake Rawkins and Robbie Flooks replacing player manager Craig Davis.


Winchester took the lead in the 5th minute when a powerful shot from Oli Bailey beat former Winchester goalkeeper Lewis Noice.  At the other end goalkeeper Ryan Pryce just beat Blackfield striker Hisham Kasimu to the ball.  However Winchester then began to get on top with a lob from Simba Mlambo being headed off the line, Bailey set up Jamie Barron who had a shot saved, and Jake Rawkins winning the ball and forcing a corner which resulted in Josh Harfield coming close.  Joe Cook then set up Oli Bailey who shot wide.


Blackfield though came back into the game and had a great chance to draw level with Kasimu hitting the post with the goal at his mercy and Charlie Gunson also shooting wide.  After this spell of Blackfield pressure Winchester broke with Mlambo setting up Bailey for his second goal to enable Winchester to go into the interval with a two goal advantage.


Early in the second half Mlambo had an effort deflected wide and Jamie Barron also shot wide, but Kasimu had another good chance to score for the visitors and Joe Cook made a couple of important interceptions to keep them out.


Jamie Barron though scored a third goal to make the game safe, although Winchester's requirements at Cinderford would have been the same if they had drawn.


Winchester introduced Craig Davis, Tyrell Mitford and Brett Cunningham as substitutes while Blackfield bought on Plummer, but in the end Winchester got the win which keeps their season alive going into the final game.






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