Winchester City 2 Bashley 0
Winchester progressed to the semi finals of the Southampton Senior Cup with a 2-0 victory over Bashley. For me personally the match was played the day before my birthday so it was a good birthday present, while manager Craig Davis and chief scout Pete Millard were both involved in the Bashley set up for several years, Craig as a player.
Although Bashley now play in the Sydenham's Wessex League it is worth pointing out that as little as five years ago they were playing in the Southern League Premier Division. In fact under the management of Trevor Parker they once finished fourth having at one time led the table in the days when winning this division usually meant promotion to the National League. Sadly Trevor who also managed the Fareham team that reached the semi finals of the F A Trophy and has managed many local teams in his career is very unwell at the moment.
Winchester fielded six players in Ryan Pryce, Joe Hayward, Joe Cook, Joshua Harfield, Jamie Barron and Simba Mlambo who had started the previous Saturday plus Oli Bailey and Jake Rawkins who are very much part of the first team squad and both came on at Thatcham. Recent signing Graham Williams was also selected and there were starting berths for Fabio Manuel and Mark Fawley, plus a fairly young bench.
Both the goals were scored by former Bashley player Oli Bailey within four minutes of each other in the first half. The first coming in the 25th minute when Simba Mlambo won possession and set up Oli Bailey and the second coming when a good run by Bailey put him clean through and he made no mistake. Jake Rawkins also came close for Winchester as they looked comfortable in the first half.
In the second half Winchester hit the post and Simba Mlambo headed over following a cross from Jamie Barron, but again they looked comfortable, with Ryan Pryce untroubled in the Winchester goal. Towards the end of the second half Ant Croucher, Jack Francis and Sam Tonks were introduced as substitutes.
Joe Merrett scored for Winchester City Reserves who were beaten 2-1 by AFC Stoneham Reserves. AFC Stoneham first team are scheduled to be Winchester's next opponents in the Southampton Senior Cup.
On Saturday Winchester's opponents Cirencester have scored 15 more league goals than anyone else in the division and also scored 15 F A Cup goals in the current campaign before Winchester stopped them in their tracks.