Winchester City 1 Bristol Manor Farm 2
Winchester went down 2-1 to a Bristol Manor Farm team that are having a good first season in the Evostik Southern League following promotion from the Toolstation Western League.
With Andy Jenkinson and Jamie Barron unavailable and Adam Tomasso suspended, manager Craig Davis was given a starting berth, Danny King returned to the side as captain and new signing Liam Gilbert made his debut.
Early on both goalkeepers had to make important interceptions to break up opposing attacks. Ben Bament of Bristol Manor Farm had a shot that went across the goal, while at the other end powerful shots from Dan Williamson and Simba Mlambo that were just off target.
Probably the best chance of an evenly contested first half was when Oli Bailey whose pace up front was always a danger to the visitors made a good run to set up Pat Cox who was not quite able to properly connect and so a keenly contested first half was goalless.
Winchester started the first half brightly with Robbie Carr having an effort saved and Oli Bailey having one cross intercepted by the Bristol Manor Farm goalkeeper Ashley Clarke. Winchester took the lead in the 55th minute when Oli Bailey held off two challenges and slotted home.
The game was fairly even in the immediate aftermath of the goal. However Oli Bailey had a great chance to make it 2-0, but having done the hard work was denied by an excellent save from Ashley Clarke.
Bristol Manor Farm bought on three attacking substitutes and began to force Winchester further back. Winchester also made substitutions with Rob Carr injured and Oli Bailey still recovering from an ankle injury beginning to tire.
In the 82nd minute Dean Stamp made space for himself on the left and scored from a tight angle. Three minutes later a corner was headed into the path of Aron Robbins who made no mistake.
Winchester tried hard to get back into the game, but Bristol Manor Farm's late flurry proved to be enough for them to win the game.
On Tuesday Winchester are hometo Paulton and the following Saturday are away to Taunton.
Bristol Manor Farm remain second in the table, while Winchester drop to fifth.