Winchester 4 Thatcham 0
Winchester moved into the last 16 of the league cup with a 4-0 win against a Thatcham side who have made an excellent start to the league season under former Winchester boss Danny Robinson and are currently second in the table with an unbeaten league record. They have an excellent record in league cup competitions having won the Wessex League Cup four times in the 1990's.
Winchester made six changes to the starting line-up from Saturday. There were returns to the team for Ollie Griggs and Simba Mlambo, while Dom Panesar_Dower who has returned to the club after a brief spell at Bideford and Kieran Douglas who came on as substitute on Saturday also started and there were further run-outs for youngsters Harry Birchnall and Owen Holloway. Dan Williamson, Dan King, Keith Emmerson, I K Hill and Oli Bailey were the only players to be retained in the starting line-up un both Saturday and Tuesday..
Winchester made a bright start against a Thatcham team that were also resting a few players and were only able to name three substitutes with I K Hill having an effort deflected for a corner, Simba Mlambo heading just wide and I K Hill putting in a cross that no-one could get on the end of. They took the lead when Oli Bailey set up I K Hill to score. Midway through the half Ollie Griggs scored with a deflected shot and before half time Panesar-Dower scored directly from a free kick. Harry Birchnall had to make a save from Jacob McLeod-Bancroft, but generally it was a good first half for Winchester.
Thatcham started the second half brightly and they bought on Matt Day who once played briefly for Eastleigh and Birchnall had to make a couple of savesf from Ky;le Tooze at the start of the half. Tooze also put in a cross that no-one could get on the end of and Lamin Sankoh also shot wide However Winchester weathered the storm and made some crucial blocks to prevent Thatcham getting back in the game. The experienced Keith Emmerson was inspirational ar the back and Oli Bailey's energy up front kept the Thatcham defence on their toes.. Winchester scored a fourth with 10 minutes to go when Ollie Balmer who was one of three substitutes Winchester used converted a cross from Dan Williamson and this goal ended hopes of Thatcham coming back from the dead as Thame did here in the F A Trophy. The one downside for Winchester was an injury to Kieran Douglas who had to be substituted having injured his shim as a result of a tackle