Latest:Winchester City 2-1 Bishops Cleeve

Winchester 3 Wantage 0

on Mon 6 Feb

Winchester won the battle between two clubs associated with King Alfred, both of whom have a statue of the ancient King located close to their bus station, with the result enabling Winchester to complete their second double of the season and remain on the fringe of the playoffs.

 

It was also pleasing to see club President Terry Bone at the game after recent surgery and the club wishes him a speedy recovery.

 

With Lewis Noice on holiday, Howard Neighbour out injured, Stuart Mott not available and Robbie Matthews on the substitutes bench there were changes to the starting line-up from the previous Saturday with Adam Roberts coming in, Olly Searle making his first start and Brendan Norris coming in as goalkeeper.

 

With Wantage needing points at the other end of the table the game in the first half was not a particularly exciting spectacle for supporters.

 

Early on Stuart Green had a cross intercepted by Eddie Cavanagh in the Wantage goal, but generally most of the attacks cut out before either goalkeeper could be seriously tested.  Norris did have to race from his goal line to deny Jack Powell and at the other end Cavanagh in the Wantage goal saved with his legs from both Jamie Ford and Craig Feeney.  Cavanagh was also called into action on a couple of occasions at the end of the half as Winchester played with greater fluency in the latter stages of the half.

 

In the 48th minute Winchester broke the deadlock when Stuart Green set up Craig Feeney who scored with a spectacular bicycle kick.  Green had a chance to score a second for his team, but he miscued his shot.  However in the 58th minute Green did get on the scoresheet when he converted a cross from the right by Joe Briggs,

 

Wantage however kept battling and managed to maintain a reasonable amount of possession in Winchester's half without troubling Norris, and Winchester were always the more likely team to score and they made it 3-0 in the 73rd minute when Green set up Feeney to score his second

 

Joe Briggs almost made it 4-0, but his effort hit the inside of the post and went across the goal without going in, but it was another three points for The Citizens.

 

After the match the club held a karaoke which was organised by Nikki Percival and Wayne "Wagner" Elkins.

 

Winchester are away to North Leigh on Saturday and away to Mangotsfield the following Tuesday.