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Winchester 4 Bridgwater 1

on Sun 25 Sep

Winchester obtained their first Saturday points this season as they beat bottom of the table Bridgwater Town 4-1 having come from behind to win the three points.

 

The one change from Saturday's F A cup win against Truro saw Adam Tomasso who also featured in the Hampshire Senior Cup win against Blackfield come in right back.  The Bridgwater team contained two on loan Eastleigh players in goalkeeper Mark Childs and Ollie Griggs and are managed by Craig Laird who had a successful previous spell at the club, and also successfully managed Weston Super Mare in the National League South.

 

Early on Stuart Green forced a save from Childs, but Winchester fell behind in the 14th minute when a free kick from the right by Kurt Robinson was headed home by Harry Horton.

 

After appearing to be initially shaken by the goal Winchester then responded with two goals in two minutes.  Firstly a penalty was awarded for a foul on Howard Neighbour and Neighbour converted the penalty himself when the ball was headed across goal and Stuart Green was on hand to score with the goalkeeper rooted to the spot.

 

Winchester's task was made easier when Harry Horton who had already been booked received a second yellow card.  Shortly before half time it was 3-1 when a cross from Adam Roberts was headed across goal by Craig Feeney for Howard Neighbour to head home.

 

With a two goal and one man advantage the second half was fairly comfortable for Winchester and Lewis Noice hardly had a shot to save.  Ross Bottomley forced a couple of good saves from Childs and Howard Neighnour had a shot cleared off the line, but with quarter of an hour from time a corner was not cleared and Stuart Green was on hand to score his second goal of the game and complete the victory against a young Bridgwater team that moved Winchester two places up the table.

 

On Tuesday Winchester travel to Wantage and on the following Saturday they make their eagerly awaited trip to Harrow Borough in the F A Cup for which a supporters coach is running.