Winchester 4 Mangotsfield 0
After two successive defeats Winchester returned to winning ways with a 4-0 home win against Mangotsfield. It represented only their third home league win of the season, but it pushed them back into the top half of the table, and enabled them to complete the double against the Bristol based club for the first time. It is also believed to be Craig Davis's most convincing league win as Winchester boss.
Winchester made one change to the starting line-up from Tuesday with Jamie Barron carrying an injury and reverting to the role of substitute. However Rob Flooks returned with Joe Cook taking on a midfield role in the absence of Barron and Dan King assuming the captaincy.
Early play was fairly uneventful although for the visitors Kyle Tooze had a powerful shot just off target. Winchester however took the lead when Simba Mlambo was fouled by Mangotsfield captain Chris Peck and Tyrell Mitford converted the resulting penalty. Kieran Hodges in the visitors goal did well to tip over a free kick from Mitford over the bar, while from Simba Mlambo's cross Oli Bailey was not quite able to direct his header goalwards. Liam Gilbert came close a couple of times and was influential in midfield, while at the other end Jordan Williams was not quite able to get a decisive touch to a cross from the right. An effort right at the end of the half flew across the Winchester goal.
With only a single goal ahead at the interval Winchester could not afford to relax and they made a few misplaced passes at the start of the half. They were grateful to Ryan Pryce for making an important save to deny Tooze and Joe Hayward also made a crucial block to keep out Daniel Demkiv.
Winchester bought on Olly Griggs for Oli Bailey in a tactical switch. The move was quickly followed by Winchester scoring a second following a good team move. This made the home team more comfortable and they looked the more likely to score again and the goal arrived when Mitford was put through and scored again. Mlambo also had a shot saved before Liam Gilbert completed the scoring with a spectacular strike that flew into the net by which time Winchester had used all three substitutes with I K Hill and Brett Cunningham coming on.
Winchester are away to Blackfield on Tuesday and at home to Cinderford on Saturday.
Dave Malone has now stood down as Director of football having seen the club through a difficult spell in the club's history.