Winchester seconds produced a remarkable comeback from 3-0 down to beat Hampshire/Surrey Regional League Division 2 strugglers Southampton 5-3 at the Sports Centre.
Southampton looked to have had the game in the bag at half time after Jack Holloway had finished off a flowing move after 10 minutes and was soon joined in double celebration by Lukas Drumm, who scored after a goalmouth melee and then with a stunning, roofed penalty corner.
Winchester had just about stayed in touch from an Andy Winnett breakaway goal, fed by Matt Stokes to keep the score at 3-1.
After a gritty half time talk for the Winchester players, the visitors looked a different team after the break regularly causing the Southampton defence problems.
Ten minutes in and Winchester were awarded a penalty stroke with which Greg Cox made no mistake.
Southampton were still dangerous and Ally Birch made an important sliding save at 3-2 to maintain Winchester's momentum.
However, they had to wait until the hour mark before they were back on level terms, Andy Winnett powering home from an Ed Player slip at a penalty corner.
With 67 minutes on the stopwatch, Stuart Swift came back on after a brief bench-respite and within ten seconds had pounced on Ed Player's drilled cross to deflect home.
Winchester's defence remained resolute with teenager Harry Trussler commanding at centre back in Richard Jones's absence.
Any threat of a Southampton revival was take away with an injury time penalty corner goal for Matt Stokes, pictured above.
Southampton remain second from bottom, three points above Romsey, who took a 9-1 pasting from Oxted III.
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