Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Winchester City v Bashley 15/01/19

Winchester City 2 Bashley 0

SOUTHERN League Winchester City moved in to the semi Finals of the Southampton Senior Cup with what was, with respect to all, a fairly routine victory by two goals to nil. The home side fielded a core of First Team regulars supplemented by fringe players and with members of their youth side on the bench and this proved too strong on the night for a Bashley side that could not make their mark in the attacking third of the pitch.

In front of a relatively sparse attendance the game took some time to get going with the only early moments of note a run from Winchester’s Mark Fawley that ended with his shot being blocked with Simba Mlambo’s follow up suffering the same fate. Bashley were enjoying their share of possession and certainly not lacking in effort as the game rather meandered along in midfield until Winchester slowly began to gain the upper hand. Neat play by Jamie Barron and Oli Bailey provided two shooting chances for Jake Rawkins, with both rebounding to safety off defenders, and a superb through ball by Barron was rather wasted by Mlambo who chose to shoot from a narrow angle rather than square the ball across goal.

On twenty five minutes the same scenario repeated itself but this time the speedy front man did cross the ball low and hard, keeper Oliver Bull could only palm the ball away and the predatory BAILEY slotted it home. Within six minutes it was two nil as BAILEY picked the ball up on the edge of the area moved forward and drilled the ball in to the bottom corner of the net. With too many of the visiting attacks foundering before reaching the penalty area Winchester looked more and more threatening with Bailey shaving the outside of the post after fastening on to a Joe Cook through ball. Two City corners came to nothing and the halftime scoreline perhaps reflected the half as a whole. HT 2-0

The second half started in the same vein and Winchester came close to a third goal in the opening minutes. The skilful Barron sent Rawkins clear on the left, another low cross and Bailey angled the ball past Bull only to see it hit the base of the post. An unnecessary and poor back pass gave Winchester a corner from which Mlambo’s header was too high and Bashley saw possibly their best chance go begging when a Brad Morris cross caused confusion in the home area but the visiting forwards could not get the vital touch.

Pryce in the home goal had seen little real action but having miscued a ball in to touch by the corner flag was grateful to see Liam Farrugia’s cross pass across the area with no contact from either friend or foe. Bull at the other end dealt competently with a couple of shots from distance and went down bravely at Mlambo’s feet when the latter’s pace took him clear but there was a general feeling that the game was going through the motions. Bull then denied Fawley with a challenge on the edge of the area that did not look too clever from a distance, but the referee was much better placed, and as substitutes arrived at will – including one in stoppage time who probably did not touch the ball – the game meandered to its conclusion which coincided with the arrival of the rain that had been threatening most of the evening.

On the night Bashley will probably feel they could have done better in the attacking third but Winchester held all the aces. Harfield was superb at the back, Barron and Cook ran the midfield and Bailey took the goals and now it is back to League action for all on Saturday. FT 2-0

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