Winchester City 2 AFC Totton 1
A healthy crowd of 206 saw Winchester beat AFC Totton 2-1 in a local derby with Simba Mlambo scoring his second brace in successive games. AFC Totton have finished 10th in each of the last two seasons, but have lost some players from last season,, but their team contained former Winchester players Craig Feeney and Dave Allen. Winchester made three changes to the starting line-up from Saturday with Ollie Balmer, Oli Bailey and Danny King coming in for I K Hill, Rob Carr and Liam Gilbert with the first named being on the substitutes bench.
Winchester made a positive start with AFC Totton goalkeeper Archie Matthews having to save a shot and a header from Simba Mlambo in the first 10 minutes. At the other end Rob Flooks made an important block to keep out Liam Callaghan.
Winchester though continued to press and apart from having a strong appeal for a penalty for hand ball turned down they came close on other occasions with Mlambo, Griggs and Balmer all farcing further saves from Matthews an d Danny King having one effort go across the goal. On a couple of occasions Matthews just beat Bailey to a loose ball. At the other end Robin Nicholls shot just wide for the visitors, but Winchester had very much the better of the first half. However just as it looked as though the first half was going to end goalless Janie Barron set up Simba Mlambo for the opener just before the interval.
Although Rob Flooks had a header that went just wide AFC Totton came more into the game in the second half with Liam Callaghan coming close with a free kick and Ryan Pryce who had hardly anything to do in the first half being called into action. Winchester however were desperately unlucky not to score a second when a free kick by Ollie Balmer nit the cross bar. Midway through the half the visitors drew level through Lewis Beale..
Winchester came close to regaining the lead with Balmer having a header saved, Bailey shooting just wide and Kieran Douglas heading just wide,. They scored the second through Simba Mlambo's header from Danny King's cross with 7 minutes to go and although the visitors tried hard to get back in the game Winchester who bought on Max Smith, I K Hill and Jack Francis as second half substitutes were able to complete the win.