Rejuvenated Winchester overcome Rebels

Winchester City

Winchester City

Richards (13), Rowe (64), Palmer (69)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Sinclair (35)
League Attendance: 252 Steve Sinclair
A rejuvenated Winchester City continued their fine recent run by defeating Slough Town.

Paul Telfer and Graeme Edwards made their Slough debuts, with Telfer slotting into midfield alongside Robbie Kean and Edwards partnering Sweeney at centre-back.

The opening chance fell to the home side ten minutes in. Good work down the right flank from James Rowe resulted in Jeff Cavey forcing a good save from Jackson.

Four minutes later and the hosts took the lead as a corner from the left side was thumped in by the head of Richards at the near post.

James Rowe then tried to pounce on a bouncing ball in the area, but he couldn’t get enough on his header to trouble Jackson.

A bit of pressure from Slough deep inside the Winchester half resulted in a vicious strike from Yashwa Romeo, cutting in from the left, but his effort went narrowly over from 20 yards out. More good build-up play from Slough forced a corner, from which Jordan hooked the ball wide.

The Winchester wide players were looking lively and were getting the better of the Slough full backs Jeffrey and Fenton in the early exchanges. Jones Awiah and James Rowe both got into good positions to shoot, but Jamie Jackson was well placed to deal with the danger on each occasion.

With Winchester seeking out a second goal, Slough managed to grab an equaliser on 35 minutes. Steve Sinclair cut in from the right and linked up well with Jordan, who flicked the ball through the defence back into the path of Sinclair who shot low and hard across goal under Tardif’s dive.

The hosts had a scare just after this, as Tardif found himself caught out from a deep cross. The ‘keeper backpedalled and stumbled, but the ball struck the crossbar and was cleared to safety.

The tails of the Slough players were clearly up, and with half time approaching, the Rebels were playing some confident long range passes, picking out the dangerous Sinclair wherever possible. Slough were dealt a blow just before half time though, as the winger was forced off with a leg injury after a heavy challenge, with Sealey his replacement.

Early in the second half, Slough were doing all the attacking, but could not find a breakthrough. Danny Jordan forced Tardif into a comfortable save at head height before another weak headed effort was straight at the ‘keeper. Yashwa Romeo also fired wide across goal and hit another effort over the bar.

Slough were punished just after the hour mark. A corner was cleared to the edge of the box, where James Rowe was on hand to slam the ball in through a crowded box.

The killer goal came four minutes later following good link-up play from Leon Osei. The ball fell to Matt Palmer inside the area, who fired low across goal and past Jackson.

With Slough well on top before the two goals, the Rebels failed to threaten after going behind. Half chances for Jordan, and then Telfer from distance, were easily dealt with by Tardif, whilst City’s Awiah almost found himself clean through after a counter-attack, but Winchester held on comfortably for three vital points.

Winchester City Lineup

1. Chris Tardif, 2. Scott Gilcham, 3. Uzo Opara, 4. Matt Palmer, 5. Craig Richards, 6. Nathan Peprah-Annan, 7. Michael McEnery, 8. James Rowe, 9. Jones Awiah, 10. Jeff Cavey, 11. Leon Osei. Subs: 12. Conor McCarthy, 14. Heider Rodriguez, 15. Adam George, 16. Dean Smith, 17. Joe Wright


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