For the second successive week, Winchester (beaten 10-2 at Guildford seven days earlier) came up against a significantly superior side in Indian Gymkhana, this time featuring an ex-Olympian (Richard Alexander) and again failed to limit the damage. They were beaten 7-1.
The visitors needed to stay in the game as long as possible but fell behind to a re-taken Alex Idoine short corner after the initial attempt hit Harry Trussler on the arm outside of the post.
Winchester were creating chances of their own but were hugely frustrating in front of goal. They fell further behind after failing to deal with the stick skills and speed of the league's top scorer Alex Idoine (17 in 7 games) whose tidy cross was finished easily by an unmarked player at the back post.
Idoine piled on the misery further when he dragged another short corner under the Winchester post man to make it 3-0.
Despite the deficit, manager George Harris [pictured] rightly pointed out that the team should still be in the game and praised the out-letting and build up play at half-time.
Desperately needing to score the next goal to be in the hunt, Winchester fell further behind when Idoine once again ghosted in behind the back line after they failed to deal with a Gymkhana aerial and he finished from a tight angle after going around keeper Ally Birch. After they scored a fifth from close range, it looked like a similar fate from the previous week's 10-2 drubbing but Winchester replied when the hard working Sam Butterfield bagged his first Winchester goal after some excellent ball-hustling from Luke Whittome. That optimism was short lived, however, as Gymkhana passed and moved with ease in midfield and were able to shoot at will.
They scored a rebound off Birch, before an excellent back post deflection for their seventh. With time still left on the clock it looked as if it could be double figures again, but Winchester's man of the match, Nick Clark, swept and cleared with composure and authority for the remainder of the game. The result leaves the city side with Trojans rock bottom of South Premier 1 and desperately in need of some points.
Sam Broadhurst was on target as Trojans were beaten 2-1 by visiting Hampstead & Westminster.
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