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Yate Town 3 Winchester City 2

on Sat 6 Apr

Winchester were beaten 3-2 by Yate who become the first club to complete the double against them this season.  As a result they move out of the playoff positions and are replaced by Cinderford whom Winchester visit on the final day of the season.  Yate are currently in second place, but Winchester will be disappointed they did not get something from the game having been playing against 10 men for the majority of the encounter.

 

Winchester made one change to the starting line-up from Saturday with Joe Hayward replacing Graham Williams who was not on the bench.

 

Winchester made a bright start and in the first 20 minutes Slamba Nlambo hit the post, Oli Bailey shot narrowly wide on two occasions and have another effort deflected over the bar for a corner and the home goalkeeper also tipped a Rob Carr effort round the post for a corner.  It was therefore against the run of play that Yate took the lead midway through Olly Mehew who took advantage of hesitancy in the visitors defence to shoot into the bottom corner. 

 

The goal boosts Yate and it requires a goal-line clearance from Dan King to keep them out.  However they are reduced to 10 men as Joe Guest received a second yellow card, but they still led 1-0 at the interval.

 

Winchester however stated the second half brightly with two goals in the first six minutes of the half with firstly Simba Mlambo converting a cross from Oli Bailey and then Jamie Barron scoring following a good run. However the lead did not last long with Michael Bryant heading home following a corner

 

Shortly after the goal Jamie Barron has a shot saved, but midway through the half an excellent run by Mehew in which he holds off the challenge of two defenders and squares for Bryant to score his second.   

 

After the goal Winchester try hard to get back into the game and bring on all three substitutes taking off full backs Joe Hayward and Danny King and replace them with Jake Rawkins and I K Hill and also replace Liam Gilbert with Tyrell Mitford, but a resilient Yate hold on for victory.

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