Winchester City 0 Dulwich Hamlet 1
Winchester's first ever appearance in the third qualifying round of the F A Trophy saw them lose 1-0to Ryman Premier Division outfit Dulwich Hamlet have entered the competition every season since 1974/75 and a sizeable Dulwich contingent swelled the crowd to 319. A power cut at the start of the game was a major concern, although this was resolved by half time.
Winchester made three changes to the starting line-up from the aborted Mangotsfield game with Adamn Tomasso who assumed the captaincy, Joe Briggs and Howard Neighbour coming in for Stuart Green, Andy Jenkinson and Joe Hayward with the first two named reverting to the substitutes bench.
Dulwich Hamlet who boast Ian Wright, Peter Crouch and Alan Pardew amongst its' former players are currently fifth in the Ryman Premier Division having lost only one of their 10 away league games started the brighter with Lewis Noice bought to his knees by an effort from Ibra Sekajja and saving a free kick from Eastleigh favourite Ashley Carew. However Winchester came into the game with Craig Feeney getting into a good position and shooting over and Howard Neighbour heading just over from a free kick.
The all important goal came in the 27th minute when Daniel Carr who had a spell on loan to Woking last season forcing Lewis Noice to tip his effort round the post. From the resulting corner Nathan Green headed home.
Matt Drage made an important blo9ck to deny Craig Feeney, while in the latter stages of the first half Lewis Noice had to save efforts from Vas Karagiannis at the expense of corners, while at the other end Preston Edwards made a good save from Neighbour.
In the second half Winchester forced Dulwich to defend deeply at times, but with Matt Drage and Michael Chambers a solid centre back pairing their pressure did not result in Edwards being tested very often, although Craig Feeney had two chances towards the end one of which he headed over. Towards the end Winchester introduced Jenkinson and Green and put Robbie Matthews in a more attacking role.
Dulwich did look dangerous on the break at times, but did not bring Noice into action much during the second half.
Winchester wish Joe Hayward who attended the game a speedy recovery from last week's injury and all the best for President Terry Bone who this week has entered hospital for surgery.
After Tuesday's trip to Salisbury, Winchester travel to Barnstaple on Saturday and to Fleet in the Hampshire Senior Cup on Tuesday week.