Winchester City 0-0 Larkhall Athletic
Winchester showed plenty of endeavour, and obtained their first point in six league games, but despite creating several half chances and having a lot of possession they seldom tested the away goalkeeper and were unable to put an end to their dearth of goals which has seen them only score twice since recording an impressive 4-1 win against an Evesham team that are on course for the playoffs.
There were three changes to the starting line-up from the previous Saturday with Robbie Matthews, Howard Neighbour and Andy Jenkinson returning to action, with player manager Craig Davis being suspended, Danny Smith also not available and Adam Roberts only fit enough to make the bench. There were some change to their usual numbers with Howard Neighbour wearing 9, Craig Feeney 10, Robbie Matthews 6, Jamie Ford 5 and Robbie Matthews 6.
The game started slowly, but Jamie Barron and Stuart Green had half chances that went wide. At the other end Alex Lambert forced a save from Lewis Noice. A good ball from Andy Jenkinson found Stuart Green who was full of endeavour as usual, but despite the midfielder's hard work they were unable to test the Larkhall goalkeeper Shaun Semmens.
Craig Feeney did bring Semmens into action, but Winchester almost fell behind when Lewis Noice was adjudged to have fouled Greg Peel, but Jamie Lyons shot wide from the penalty spot.
In the second half Winchester had a lot of possession, and forced a lot of corners, but the visitors came closest to scoring with substitute Ben Brooks placing a header straight into the hands of Noice, and Joe Tumelty forcing a save from Noice, which resulted in Robbie Matthews who gave a commanding performance on his return clearing away the loose ball. Tumelty also had a powerfully struck shot just off target, but as the match progressed the game between two teams neither in the promotion or relegation battle.
Manager Craig Davis is though working hard to improve things, and it is hoped that this can bear fruit in the final three games of the season starting with Tiverton away on Saturday and AFC Totton at home on Easter Monday.