Winchester City achieved their sixth away league win of the season with Simba Mlambo taking his total of league goals into double figures.

They did just enough to win the game against a Lymington team who gave them a few scares at the end of the game, but this was the kind of match that needs to be won if they are to reach the playoffs. As a result Winchester are now in sixth position one point behind fifth placed Paulton Rovers with games in hand, although Plymouth Parkway below them in the table could also catch them if they achieved good results from their games in hand.

Lymington Town in their first season of Southern League football last played Winchester City in a league game in the 2014/15 having began their existence in their present form in 19i98 following the merger of AFC Lymington and New Milton Town to form Lymington and New Milton. One of their joint managers is Paul Masters and he remains the only Winchester manager to guide Winchester to the Southern League playoffs, with three current Winchester players Warren Bentley, Jamie Barron and Danny King being part of that team.

Lymington Town started the season reasonably well and had the experience of forward Craig McAllister and midfielder Craig Stanley both of whom are seasoned campaigners at a much higher level of football to call upon, although both of whom have now the club, while one of their current players Ollie Dennett who has been recovering from a horrendous injury has also played National League football. The club has a lot of long serving people working for the club, some of whom were involved with the AFC Lymington club that played on this ground from the late 1980's to the late 1990's.

Winchester made two changes to the starting line-up from the last league game which was played two weeks ago with Simba Mlambo and Kieran Douglas coming in for Liam Callaghan and Dan Walster both of dropped to the bench and it is fair to say that both Mlambo and Douglas made important contributions with Mlambo scoring the all important goal and Douglas being a commanding figure in central defence. Max Smith, Craig Feeney and Ollie Griggs all returned to be on the bench.

Early on Winchester's Warren Bentley had an effort that fizzed across the goal. However in the ninth minute Winchester scored the all important goal when Oli Bailey passed to Mlambo whose effort went in off the underside of the bar, although it appeared that a home defender got a touch before the ball entered the goal. Soon afterwards Bentley again came close to scoring for Winchester.

Steve Walker headed just over for the home team, while at the other end Oli Bailey had an effort deflected for a corner. Lymington's Dominic Thelen had a powerfully struck effort that was just off target, but for the latter period of the first half neither goalkeeper was seriously tested as Winchester went into the break with a comfortable 1-0 lead, even if they perhaps needed another goal to consolidate this advantage.

In the second half following a free kick the ball was headed on by Kieran Douglas to Simba Mlambo whose effort was fractionally wide. Soon afterwards Craig Feeney replaced Oli Bailey and at that stage in proceedings Winchester were building a lot of promising attacks, but with the attack breaking down before a shot on goal was mustered.

Bentley set up Feeney whose effort was just wide and Feeney and Danny King both had shots saved by the opposing goalkeeper. Josh McCormick went on a good run, but as the half progressed Lymington came more into the game and they began to use the flanks well and put some crosses into the box, one of which eluded everyone and another required a goal line clearance. Charlie Philpott was also required to make a couple of saves, but Winchester who also introduced Liam Callaghan and Max Smith as substitutes in the second half were able to complete a victory to start 2022 with.

On Friday Winchester are at home to AFC Totton and on the following Tuesday they are at home to Downton in the Southampton Senior Cup.