Pre-Season friendly - Bracknell Town 2-0 Winchester City - Fixtures released see below

Winchester 5 Street 0

on Sat 9 Mar

Winchester made it 12 goals from 2 home league games as they beat Street 5-0 and remained in 6th place just outside the playoff positions. 

 

Street in their first season in the Southern League have consolidated their newly won status and went into this match four points behind Winchester.  However they have lost all three games between the clubs having lost 2-0 in the return fixture and were beaten 4-2 two seasons ago in an F A Cup tie with Craig Herrod and Steve Murray both of whom played on Saturday scoring their goals, in fact Murray was captain of Saturday's team.

 

For Winchester Rob Carr was missing through illness which meant a rare start for I K Hill with Liam Gilbert returning in place of Tyrell Mitford who dropped to the bench as the only other change to the starting line-up from Tuesday. Winchester named only four substitutes.

 

Early on I K Hill did very well to keep the ball in play and although his cross did not have an end product it was a sign that he was ready to make use of his opportunity.  Winchester however did take the lead in the 11th minute when the Street goalkeeper was unable to hold on to Joe Hayward's effort and Oli Bailey headed home.  Eight minutes later IK Hill made it 2-0 when he scored with a well executed lob. 

 

Despite the fact that Murray forced a save from Ryan Pryce in the Winchester goal the home team continued to look dangerous. Street were only just able to clear a Jamie Barron free kick and Oli Bailey also came close. It was 3-0 when Jamie Barron was able to get on the end of Joe Hayward's cross.

 

It was a good first half for Winchester who If anything had the worse of the wind conditions.  Any hope Street had of getting back in the match were ended in the opening minute of the second half when Liam Gilbert hit the post and Oli Bailey followed up to score.  Ten minutes later Jamie Barron put Oli Bailey clean through and he rounded the goalkeeper before slotting home.  It enabled Bailey to complete his hat-trick and after the game he was presented with the match ball.

 

With the game effectively won Winchester took off Oli Bailey and Jamie Barron and later Josh Harfield and replaced them with Tyrell Mitford, Jake Rawkins and George Williams.  The rest of the game was fairly uneventful although Street's Dave O'Hare had a shot saved and substitute Phil Ormerod shot wide.

 

Winchester are at home to Totton on Tuesday and Slimbridge on Saturday.

 

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