Winchester’s automatic South League Premier Division 2 promotion prospects could hinge on them winning their two home matches against Purley Walcountians and West Hampstead at Kings’ this weekend.
A 6-0 win at lowly Lewes kept Winchester within five points of Oxford University, who scrambled a 2-1 victory over Blackheath.
More significantly, Winchester enjoy a slender one point lead – but with a far superior goal difference – over Tulse Hill & Dulwich, who trimmed Trojans 3-0 at Stoneham Lane.
Two goals each by Isaac Hocking, Kent Langridge and Will Phillips saw Winchester to a 6-0 win, while former Portsmouth Grammar School captain Jadon Buckeridge converted a penalty stroke as the table topping Dark Blues trimmed Blackheath 2-1 at Iffley Road.
Two goals in three minutes late in the first half ended any prospect Trojans had of checking Tulse Hill’s own promotion push.
The visitors had the majority of the early possession but Trojans almost took the lead against the run of play with Calum Crichton denied at close range by the Tulse Hill goalkeeper.
The scores were level until shortly before half time when two goals in quick succession by Fred Courtney gave Tulse Hill control and a further Martyn White goal late in the game sealed the points.
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