Winchester 3 Slimbridge 2
Winchester obtained their first home league win since August and remarkably it is only their second home league fame in this period as they came from behind to beat Slimbridge 3-2.
Since joining the Southern League at the same time as Winchester Slimbridge have invariably finished in the lower half of the table and they have yet to get a league point at Winchester's ground. However after losing their first three league games this season they won the next six and so went into this match in good form.
Winchester made two changes to the starting line-up from Saturday. Simba Mlambo was unavailable with Oli Bailey taking his place, while Kieran Douglas had not completely recovered from injury and was on the substitutes bench with Joe Hayward starting. Robbie Flooks and Ollie Griggs were also unavailable.
Early on a powerfully struck effort by Jamie Barron was just wide, but Winchester took the lead in the 5th minute when I K Hill crossed for Jamie Barron to score. However 11 minutes later Dan Williamson was adjudged to have fouled Soloman Wanjau-Smith and Wanjau-Smith himself converted the penalty. Ryan Beckinsale had a powerfully struck effort just wide, while at the other end Dan King put in a cross that no-one could get on the end of.
However an excellent strike by Wanjau-Smith gave Slimbridge the leads in the 33rd minute and that is the way the score stayed until the interval.
Winchester however started the second half brightly and Lewis Adams in the Slimbridge goal was forced into action early in the half. I K Hill and Keith Emmerson had efforts deflected for corners, but a good team move enabled Winchester to draw level through Rob Carr in the 59th minute. Shortly after the goal Luke King headed just wide, but Winchester took the lead in the 65th minute when Adams was unable to hold on to Bailey's effort and I K Hill was eventually able to put the ball away.
After the fifth goal of the game had gone in both teams came close with Christain Turner making an excellent goal line clearance to deny Ollie Balmer who like Liam Gilbert and Kieran Douglas who had come on in the second half. At the other end Ryan Pryce had to make a good save to deny Myron Turner, while the Winchester defence had to make some good blocks to prevent Slimbridge having any clear goalscoring opportunities. Towards the end Adams came up for set pieces in an effort to find an equalizer for his side, but although five minutes was added on it was Winchester who claimed the three points,