Winchester 4 Shortwood 3
The first of two visits from the Gloucestershire town of Nailsworth (Forest Green visit Eastleigh on Tuesday) to South Hampshire in three days saw Winchester win a thrilling match with Shortwood 4-3 with Craig Feeney hitting his second hat-trick in successive home matches he has played in.
The result lifted Winchester above Shortwood into 8th place.
Winchester announced an unchanged starting line-up from Monday's win at AFC Totton, with the only changes being on the substitutes bench. They took the lead in the 1st minute when Craig Feeney scored with a well executed lob, which was only the 3rd time in 13 home league games that the Citizens had scored first.
However the game was very end to end with Shortwood's Jake Lee and Will Morford and Winchester's Jamie Barron and Joe Briggs forcing saves from the opposition goalkeeper and Craig Feeney shooting across the goal.
The game however livened up even further with three goals in as my minutes midway through the first half. Firstly Nick Humphreys netted from close range in the 22nd minute, with a header from Stuart Mott following a corner regaining Winchester's lead a minute later. However once again Shortwood drew level when Lewis Noice got his hands to an effort from Ross Langworthy but was not able to keep the ball out of the net.
Noice though made a superb save to deny Jake King at the expense of a corner, while at the other end Craig Feeney hit the underside of the bar.
Feeney however was not to be denied and scored his second goal of the game on the stroke of half time. Feeney also hit the post in the closing stages of the first half.
Early in the second half Shortwood goalkeeper Rhys Lovett did extremely well to tip an effort from Stuart Green round the post for a corner, but in the 50th minute Feeney completed his hat-trick with a header.
It continued to be an all action game with both goalkeepers called into action. In the 61st minute Jake Lee who had been a threat all afternoon pulled a goal back for Shortwood.
The match had everything including an off the ball punch up which was really nothing more than handbags, while both defences needed to be on their guard to break up attacks. Lovett in the Shortwood goal made another excellent save to deny Green at the expense of a corner. That was the closest to another goal, but both sides kept going until the end and playing their part in making the game a great spectacle to watch.
Following this game Winchester have three away games Evesham (this Tuesday), Larkhall (Saturday) and Sholing (the following Tuesday), with the last game being a Hampshire Senior Cup tie.
The club also extends its' best wishes to club stalwart Rod Youngman who has been unwell recently.