The early stages of the Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2 mid-table clash between Winchester II and Old Cranleighians, which ended 1-1, boded well for a high scoring game as Winchester opened their account through Stuart Swift following neat interchanges between Andy Winnett and Craig Jeffrey.
That joy proved to be fleeting as Cranleighans responded within five minutes, their centre forward brilliantly controlling a fierce cross and setting himself up with one touch to blast home.
OC's arguably had the best of the remainder of the first half, although Winchester did have two penalty corner opportunities, one of which saw Rory Penrose force a good save,
The second period belonged to Winchester as they banged hard on the Cranleighans defensive doors.
A blend of innaccurate crosses, indifferent touches in front of goal and, most memorably, heroics from the OC's keeper prevented a Winchester win.
Andy Winnett had two bites at the cherry from close range after great work down the right, but the keeper responded brilliantly, send the second attempt over the bar.
Greg Cox looked to have won it for Winchester as the keeper could only deflect his dragflick still goal-ward, but a defender made a great stop waist-height on the line.
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