Winchester 6 Slimbridge 1
Winchester completed their first ever double against Slimbridge as they came from behind to win 6-1. Slimbridge who were promoted alongside Winchester four seasons ago were again in the bottom half of the table, but earlier in the season they had come from behind four times in an F A Trophy tie between the clubs before eventually winning a penalty shoot out.
Winchester announced an unchanged starting line-up from the previous Saturday with new signing Dave Jerrard on the bench.
Early in the game Slimbridge's Dan King had a powerful effort from distance that was just off target. An excellent through ball from Jamie Barron resulted in Oli Bailey having a header saved. Slimbridge's Dan King was then able to force a save from Ryan Pryce in the home goal, but the visitors did take the lead in the 10th minute with a good strike from Mark Magee.
Liam Gilbert put in a cross that no-one on the Winchester side was quite able to get a touch on, but the match changed significantly midway through the half when Jamie Martin who had been booked for a foul on Winchester's Dan King received a second yellow card for a trip on Josh Harfield. Winchester drew level in the 26th minute when another excellent ball from Jamie Barron set up Oli Bailey who took his chance well. THree minutes later it was 2-1 when I K Hill who had an excellent game being full of running and showing his confidence is growing had a shot blocked, but the follow up eventually led to Simba Mlambo scoring.
In the 38th minute Winchester's Dan King passed to Oli Bailey whose cross resulted in a penalty being awarded for hand ball which captain Jamie Barron converted. IK Hill and Oli Bailey came close for Winchester, but the home team scored the fourth on the stroke of half time with Josh Harfield heading home a Jamie Barron corner.
Windy conditions were making things difficult for both teams, but Winchester could be well pleased with their first half showing even allowing for their man advantage, especially having been 1-0 behind early in the game.
during the second half Slimbridge goalkeeper Adam Lewis made several good saves to prevent further goals, while both Liam Gilbert and I K Hill hit the woodwork, but soon after the latter occurrence Simba Mlambo was able to score his second.
Winchester made three substitutions with Dave Jerrard, Tyrell Mitford and Jake Rawkins replacing Jamie Barron, Oli Bailey and Simba Nlambo and Lewis did well to tip an effort from Jerrard onto the post. However in added on time IK Hill scored ixth with a curling shot. At this stage Slimbridge were well beaten, but although they were a young team and only had three substitutes they showed that they were a threat as an attacking force early in the games and I have personally always found them to be a friendly club