Winchester City 2 Corsham Town 0
For the eighth successive season Winchester successfully negotiated the preliminary round of the F A Cup and earned a place in the 1st qualifying round. They beat Corsham Town of the Toolstation Western League Division 1 2-0 in a game that was never a classic, but one in Winchester did what they needed to do to progress to the next round.
Corsham recently appointed former Melksham boss Kieran Baggs as their manager and he has signed a few players with Southern League experience. In the previous round came from 2-0 behind to force a penalty shoot out against Farnham which they wpn.
Of Winchester's starting eleven eight were at the club last season and two of the other three Tyrell Mitford and Josh McCormick were returning to the club with McCormick playing at full back, and recent signing Dan Bradshaw who has played for the Eastleigh Academy side.
Corsham were not far away from scoring following a movement from a free kick, but thee closest we came to a goal in the first half was when Ollie Balmer set up Rob Carr whose effort was saved by Sam Thomson. Thomson made further saves from Balmer and Dan King in he first half, while Balmer also shot over.
After a goalless first half Winchester made a great start to the second as while people were still making their way to their seats Max Smith opened the scoring following a cross from Dan King. Thomson makes further saves from Mitford. Bradshaw and Balmer, while Jamie Barron has a free kick that eludes everyone. Winchester were playing with greater fluency than Corsham who to their credit kept battling even though their attacking players were a bit isolated at times and all the time the score stayed at 1-0 they were still very much in the game.
A dangerous cross forced Kieran Douglas to head away at the expense of a corner. Goalkeeper Thomson went up to support the attack at the corner, However in added on time Corsham surrendered possession in a key area of the pitch and substitute Graeme Purdy a recent signing from Godalming who was making his competitive debut for the club was able to round the goalkeeper and slot home to complete the victory.
On Saturday Winchester open their league campaign with a trip to Melksham and the following Tuesday are in F A Cup action again.