Winchester preview

Greensnet Editor
Fri 23 Sep 2022, 10:54

This weekend, Hendon – on the back of their first Southern League win of the season – continue in league action when they are back on the road to play their first ever match against Winchester City. The Citizens, who will celebrate 140 years in existence in 2024, are playing at the highest level in club history, this after winning promotion via the Southern League First Division South playoffs. A fourth-place finish gave Winchester an away semi-final against Cirencester Town, which they won 4–1, and they followed that up with a 3–1 home victory against Bristol Manor Farm, who had shocked division runners-up Frome Town.

Winchester’s FA Cup campaign came to an end last Saturday, when they were beaten 3–1 at home by National League South division Weymouth, all the Terras’ goals (from Harry Kyprianou, Bradley Ash and and Akheem Rose, the latter two penalties) coming in the opening 20 minutes. Silvano (Darko) Obeng reduced the deficit after 28 minutes, but that was the end of the scoring. In the first round qualifying, the Citizens had defeated Baffins Milton Rovers 5–1, the goals coming from Max Smith, Obeng, Henry Brooks, Dan Neild and a home defender.

The Citizens, who lie 16th in the league table, have recorded one victory, against fellow newcomers North Leigh, 4–2, two draws – 1–1 at Harrow Borough and 1–1 hosting Metropolitan Police – and three defeats. Leading scorers are Obeng, with four goals, with Alex McAllister, Neild and Smith on two apiece.

Kick-off is at 3.00 pm.