Wiunchester City 0 Hereford 2
Winchester made four changes to the starting line-up from Saturday's F A Cup win against Street with Robbie Matthews and Matthew Evans making their debuts, and Sam Wilson ands Jamie Silver being promoted from the substitutes bench. They replaced Jamie Brown, Howard Neighbour, Rob Flooks and Taz Roberts who were unavailable for different reasons, although Neighbour was on the substitutes bench.
Hereford went into this match with a 100% record and a large fan base that swelled the attendance to 482.
Winchester had a chance to take the lead in the first minute when Craig Feeney set up Silver whose shot was saved. At the other end a cross from Tristan Plummer was met by a diving header from John Mills that he was not quite able to get on target. Stuart Green had a powerful shot that was just off target and Craig Feeney also came close. Hereford always though used their wide men well and put in some dangerous crosses and both of their two first half goals came from crosses. Firstly Mike Symons met a Plummer cross from the right at the far post and then Jamie Ford deflected a cross from the left from Chris Barker into his own net.
Before half time Lewis Noice in the home g a good save from Ross Staley.
IN the 56th minute a penalty was awarded for a foul on Mills, but Mills taking the spot kick himself saw his spot kick saved. Winchester's best chance of the second half occurred when a lovely through ball from Evans set up Joe Briggs whose effort was just off target.
Generally though Winchester defended well in the second half, but they did not really look like getting back in the game against a Hereford team that defended well. Having started the game at centre back Robbie Matthews was pushed up front in the latter stages of the game.
On Saturday Winchester are at home to Truro in the F A Cup and on the following Wednesday if there is no F A Cup replay they will be at home to Blackfield and Langley in the Hampshire Senior Cup.