“One goal difference made it harder than it might have been but the pitch was hard – sometimes you have to grind out a result and I am delighted with the 3 points!” This was John Evans comment after Shortwood’s 2-1 win at Winchester on Saturday which took Shortwood to 5 wins in a row. The returning TJ Bohane and Ross Langworthy were men of the match. In truth this was a complete team performance and apart from the sloppy goal they conceded were dominant for long periods and the scoreline could easily have been a victory by four or five! As Evans said with only a one goal advantage there was always a risk but City rarely threatened and the defence coped well.
Sako hit an early shot which King saved comfortably but Wood attacked in confident mood and scored after 7 minutes. Bohane put Tustain away down the left and his low cross was swept home by Gullick. Gullick then put Bohane clear but he dallied too long and was dispossessed. Winchester came back into the game and levelled after 19 minutes. A low cross caused confusion and although King saved a first shot and Coates a second Smith fired the third effort home. The next period was scrappy but Shortwood took the lead after 36 minutes with a strange goal. Parrott’s corner found Thomas on the far side of the area and his cross back in was too high for Coates to get a meaningful header, the ball going straight up in the air. With the City defence playing statues Langworthy was the first to react and head the ball home as it dropped. Shortwood could have scored again before the break as Gullick and Langworthy both came close.
Shortwood dominated the second half. City keeper Webb did well to keep out a Bohane shot with his legs, Tustain fired an effort inches wide after a good run and Parrott fired in a low cross which beat everyone when only a touch was needed. In spite of the pitch some of Shortwood’s one touch play was excellent as they poured forward with confidence. Winchester were hemmed back for long periods but a third goal just would not come and Webb kept his side in the game with saves from Bohane, Langworthy and Gullick.
When Winchester did try and break free Ash Thomas and his colleagues dealt comfortably with any threat and Shortwood finished as they spent most of the half – in control!
Team: King, Coates, Axton, Pritchett, Thomas, Baldwin, Tustain (Martin 86), Parrott, Gullick, Bohane, Langworthy (Brown 83):