North Leigh Football Club

North Leigh 2 : 0 Winchester City

by NLFC Admin

Promoted back into the Southern League this season following their relegation

three seasons ago, Winchester City have had a reasonable start. However their

Manager Guy Butters quit last month and moved to Brighton in a coaching role to

be replaced by an old adversary of ours James Taylor the ex AFC Totton and

Gosport Borough striker. Taylor in fact played in the game in an unfamilar

right back position.

The opening ten minute spell saw both teams attacking with no clear openings.

For Winchester the left wing man Adam Roberts looked fairly lively. The first

chance came on 13 mins when after a Stuart Hole free kick rebounded off the

Winchester defensive wall, the ball fell to Toby Clark who hit a rising drive

from the edge of the box that just cleared the bar. The opening goal came on 20

mins when a ball out of the Yellows defence found Kieran Sanders in the

opposition box. With good control with a couple of defenders around him he

passed to John Mills who cooly finished past keeper Rory Anderson from 5 yds.

Shortly afterwards the Referee Danny Leach was obliged to book the Yellows Tom

Franklin and Winchester's Andrew White. This was doubly unfortunate for White

as on 30 mins he was ajudged to have handled the ball just outside his own box

and as a result of a second caution was dismissed.

With the opposition down to ten men Winchester's defence was stretched and on

35 mins Lewis Coyle beat their offside trap but blasted the ball high and wide

with only the keeper to beat.

Shortly afterwards came Winchester's best chance with a free kick conceeded by

Toby Clark in a central position approx 25 yds from goal. The ball was struck

hard and low by Toby McCauley and Sam Warrell did very well to push the ball

away for a corner.

HT: North Leigh 1 - 0 Winchester City

Winchester started the second half well and the Yellows had to defend a couple

of early corners. However being a man down soon showed and the Yellows had a

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series of attacks that were well defended by the opposition. However the longer

the game went with only a single goal advantage caused concern for the home

support as Winchester on the break looked dangerous.

The second goal eventually came on 76 mins when a long crossfield ball found

Michael Hopkins out on the left. He drifted inside a couple of defenders into

the box and hit a powerful right foot shot which deflected off central defender

Michael Byrne thereby wrong footing the keeper who stood helpless as it hit the

back of the net. Winchester attempted to fight back and Taylor moved himself

into his true striking position up front all to no avail.

FT: North Leigh 2 - 0 Winchester City

North Leigh: Warrell, Westlake, Organ, Turk, Franklin, Hole, Coyle (Deabill

65), Clark, Mills (Caton 84), Sanders (Shepherd 82), Hopkins Sub not

used: Sadler

Attendance: 76

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