Yate Town 1 Winchester City 0
Winchester suffered their fourth defeat in a row losing 1-0 to Yate Town. They are now 16 points away from 5th place with only 6 games to play and if Evesham beat Swindon Supermarine on Wednesday, then the Hampshire club will be mathematically out of the promotion equation.
Yate are in the lower half of the table, but in the two games against Winchester they have defended solidly conceding only one goal in the two games. Their chairman is Colin Pick whose company Picksons sponsor the club and have the company name on their shirts. Previously Picksons appeared in the names of former Hellenic League clubs Badminton Picksons ands Almondsbury Picksons.
Winchester made three changes to the starting line-up from Tuesday with Joe Briggs, Danny Smith and Adam Roberts coming in and Olly Searle, Jack Hannam and Joe Hayward all dropping to the bench,
The first half was fairly uneventful. Lewis Noice had to save a shot from Connor Jones and a free kick from Mike Baker, while at the other end Harvey Rivers made a routine save from Jamie Barron and had to go full length to keep out an effort from Craig Feeney. However most of the attacking movememts were intercepted or blocked before a shot on goal could be produced.
In the second half Rivers made an excellent save from Jamie Ford tipping his effort over the bar, while at the other end Luke Bryan was only fractionally away from getting a decisive touch to a Steve Gilbert cross.
Yate took the lead midway through the half when a good run by full back Mayson Evans on the overlap was touched in by Bryan at the far post.
Having gone a goal down Winchester began to dominate possession, although the visitors were defending with great determination. Rivers made excellent saves from Howard Neighbour and Stuart Green and Lewis Hide had a couple of chances, but despite forcing several corners and their wingers providing an abundance of balls into the box they could not find a breakthrough even when the visitors were reduced to 10 men when having used all three substitutes goalscorer Bryan limped off.
Yate invited several of their former players to this game, some of whom had represented them in the Southern League Premier Division and it is not surprising they chose Rivers as the man of the match for his goalkeeping heroics.
On Saturday Winchester are at home to Barnstaple.