Game 6: Michelmersh & Timsbury 1.4 Winchester Castle 13.09.14
Looking for a game close to home I discovered a number of 2.30pm kickoffs in the Hampshire League’s League Cup competition. The nearest game was in the village of Timsbury so I drove down and parked up on the street next to the ground. When the teams wandered out, I walked over to the far pitch where the game was taking place. The grass had been cut recently looking at the cuttings lying across the ground.
The home team had lost all of their league games so far this season while their higher league opposition hadn’t won in the league since the opening day of the season. Winchester Castle had the first chance of the game and almost put the ball into an unguarded net in the first minute. Michelmersh & Timsbury were under pressure but broke away and hit the post in the 10th minute. This proved to be a rare attack as Winchester passed the ball well and kept possession. They took the lead after 15 minutes when their tall striker held off a defender and battled his way into the box, hitting a low shot past the keeper. Winchester missed a number of chances but added a second on the half hour, a good shot across goal from the edge of the box.
Winchester looked comfortable in the second half and added a third when a throw in from the left was crossed to the right and a great volley flew past the home keeper. Michelmersh & Timsbury battled on and it looked like they would score late on when a player dribbled the ball past the keeper and hit a shot towards goal. The ball crashed down off the bar and was cleared by a covering defender. They kept plugging away and scored a consolation with a few minutes left, a close range shot trickling past the keeper’s outstretched hand and in. Winchester finished the scoring with a powerful low drive.