Winchester City leave it late to earn a point from two goals down

WINCHESTER City drew 2-2 with Swindon Supermarine on Tuesday night after the visitors originally gained a two goal advantage.

Going into the game, Winchester were in 11th with Swindon down in 19th but that didn’t stop them from taking the lead as the team lower in the league and lead for most of the match.

The Charters Community Stadium saw the first real chance for either of the teams in the 13th minute when the ball was played across the Citizens goal and was headed on target.

Luke Cairney scrambled across and leapt, making a diving save which resulted in a corner but it looked like a certain goal.

It was an even first half an hour in the match, there were attempts from both sides as City keeper Cairney had to pull off some saves and IK Hill had a chance denied by the Swindon keeper.

In the 38th minute, the visitors took the lead with a cross from Ryan Campbell that the Winchester defenders didn’t deal with and it left the keeper with no time to react as the ball dribbled past him after a deflection.

A couple of yellow cards and a bit of a fight after a strong challenge ended the first half with Swindon Supermarine ahead with their only goal being scored by Campbell.

Winchester started the second half looking the brighter of the two teams but a Max Smith injury in the 54th minute really slowed things down as he was forced off.

Swindon scored in the 64th minute after some relentless pressure from City was quickly countered and Sims Burgess gently placed the ball into the bottom corner leaving Cairney stranded.

The away side did get a third shortly after but the linesman had his flag up for offside.

The Citizens then finally scored in the 80th minute to spark a comeback when Ollie Balmer whipped in a cross from a dead ball and it was turned in by the foot of Stuart Mott.

Seven minutes later and it was all level thanks to a shot from Henry Brooks that was pushed up into the air by the keeper and it fell to IK Hill who was on the line and used his chest to put the ball in.

Despite late pressure from Winchester and four added minutes, they were unable to secure three points so the teams came away with one a piece.

The Citizens will look to use their positive second half performance to encourage a win away at Tiverton Town on Saturday.