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Winchester City 1 Bournemouth Poppies 0

on Sat 25 Aug

Winchester reached the F A Cup 1at qualifying round with a 1-0 win against Bournemouth Poppies of the Sydenham's Wessex League who had beaten Bashley from their own league in the previous round, with for the third successive game Tyrell Mitford scoring the winning goal.

 

Bournemouth Poppies have made a good start to their season and with the prize money at stake Winchester could not afford to underestimate them.  The home team started with the same eleven players who had been on the pitch when Winchester began their great fight back on Tuesday.

 

Early on Ron Frost for the visitors had a powerful shot just wide, while at the other end Simba Mlambo forced a good save from Sam Jones in the Bournemouth goal.  Mlambo then got on the end of a cross from Oli Bailey and though he was only a few yards from goal he needed to hit the moving ball first time and he was not quite able to direct his effort on target.  Reece Rusher was also unable to direct his effort on target following a cross from Danny King, while a powerfully struck effort from Oli Bailey was just off target.

 

At the other end a header from Fawzi Saadi following a free kick from captain Chris Spears tested Ryan Pryce and Saadi also came close again and Bournemouth certainly kept the Winchester defence on their toes, although during the half the majority of chances created by both teams were nothing more than half chances.

 

During the second half both Tyrell Mitford and Jamie Barron tested Jones and Mlambo had another good chance, while Bournemouth Poppies continued to look threatening going forward.  It seemed that the game would end goalless and a replay required until the 87th minute when Jamie Barron was fouled and although Jones was able to save Mitford's penalty the Winchester striker was able to strike the rebound into the back of the net.  Winchester almost immediately took of the goalscorer and in the remaining 3 minutes plus 3 minutes of added on time Winchester were given a few anxious moments and goalkeeper Pryce was forced into action a couple of times, but the main thing from a Winchester point of view the main thing was to get through, with seven clubs from their 20 team division already out and four more facing replays.

 

On Saturday Winchester are at home to Melksham in the league and the following Tuesday they are at home to Gosport in the league cup.

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