A well-drilled, talented London Wayfarers outfit took the points from a South League Premier Division encounter at Kings’ - an industrious Winchester keeping themselves in it right up to the dying moments of an enthralling game, which the city side won 3-2.
Busy movement around the Winchester "D" from Wayfarers paid dividends in the first three minutes as a ball slammed into the the area was diverted by Alex Penney past keeper Dave Jones.
Winchester struck back almost immediately as Micah Smithard pinched the ball off an unwary defender, drove into the area and buried his reverse hit strike.
Winchester held the visitors to 1-1 at half-time although it was the Battersea-based opposition who had exerted most of the goalmouth danger with keeper Jones being called on to a number of times.
Just after a great point-blank save early in the second half, Jones repeated this moments later, only for Penney to mark his second goal after a series of pinball-like diversions in front of goal.
As before, Winchester responded quickly, skipper Kieran Malloy taking a free hit to himself just outside the area, driving-in and passing the ball across the face of goal to the waiting Mark Maunsell.
Winchester started to win some excellent possession in their own half, but went through a period of misplaced and forced passing which meant most attacks burned out quickly and Wayfarers were at them again.
However, there was no cageyness from either team as both were determined to win and piled forward. Wayfarers missed an open goal as the ball travelled agonisingly along an unattended goalline.
At the other end Kent Langridge forced a good save but with three minutes left on the clock, Wayfarers won a penalty corner and Penney finished off his hat trick sending the ball between Jones and the post man to take the lead for the third and final time.
Teenager Rory Penrose could have taken a point at the death, but the visiting keeper saved well.
* Trojans suffered their first SPL2 defeat, losing 2-1 at Tulse Hill & Dulwich, where Richard Aves was on target.
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