Stuart Swift was Winchester’s four-goal hero as second placed Hampshire/Surrey Division 2 side Oxted III were thrashed 7-0 at Kings’.
Any anxiety that Winchester may have had at playing a clearly under-strength Oxted was quickly dispelled in a flowing, assertive performance against their clearly under-strength opposition.
Swift opening the scoring on eight minutes after Rob Duffy had surged down the left channel and delivered a great cross under the keeper's nose which Swift deflected-in.
No more than a minute later, Greg Cox laid a gentle ball into Swift's path – the balding striker blasting the ball through the Oxted keeper.
Winchester were 3-0 up in 15 minutes with Nick Behar scooping home after Adam Minor had burst through the Oxted midfield.
Winchester had a great deal more first half opportunities, but had to wait until injury time to effectively kill the game off with another Minor win in midfield and an unselfish pass to Channel Islander Matt Stokes to fire into the corner.
Keeper Callum Johnstone was called on to make one sharp save to his right, but this was to be his only touch of the game.
Oxted's best spell came at the start of the second half but could not find a way past the reliable Harry Trussler and his fellow defenders.
Winchester finally recovered control of the game with Swift's hat-trick goal, similar to the first after a Duffy drive down the left channel and a pin-point cross onto the top scorer's stick.
Greg Cox added a sixth with ten minutes remaining while the seventh and final goal came in the dying minutes when Swift smashed the ball at waist height past the keeper after a Cox drive into the D.
The 7-0 win lifted Winchester to fifth place in the table, while Southampton moved a point closer to fellow strugglers Romsey at the bottom courtesy of a 3-3 draw at Surbiton.
Romsey lost 3-0 to high riding Wanderers and will look forward to the March 17 showdown with Southampton at Hampshire Collegiate as a potential relegation decider.
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