At the end of a highly competitive match, Winchester were able to congratulate their opponents, Old Edwardians on winning 4-2 and clinching the Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2 title, but for long periods were anticipating an unlikely victory against a team with only one loss in the campaign.
Keeper Ally Birch was a busy man in the first quarter of the game with a series of sharp saves. Eventually, London Ed's probing won them a lead as a player was allowed to drive into the "D" unchallenged and found the corner of the net. Winchester, buoyed with a substantial amount of possession, soon levelled matters as Greg Cox fired a penalty corner drag-flick top left.
Edwardians were still very dangerous and crunched a shot onto the inside of the post, Birch saving the follow up. However, just ahead of the break, Cox repeated his penalty corner strike, this time finding the target via a deflection to take a 2-1 half time lead.
Satisfied with a fine defensive first half performance, with the midfield of Rob Richie, Rory Penrose, James Baxter, Andy Winnett and Cox snuffing out much of the Edwardians switching tactics through tireless running, Winchester believed that they could roll further ahead in the second half.
However, after only seven minutes, Winchester missed an opportunity to easily clear their lines and Ed's pounced to level the scores. Further pressure told from the visitors as they converted a pinball-like penalty corner to take the lead. Kings' student James Baxter forced another penalty corner for Cox, but this time to no avail and with ten minutes remaining, Ed's sealed their win with an all-aerial attempt resulting in a stunning overarm smash past Birch.
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