Gullick and Langworthy take Shortwood to five victories in a row
Winchester City 1
Shortwood United 2
SHORTWOOD United extended their winning run to five games as goals from Luke Gullick and Ross Langworthy earned the points at Winchester City.
Happy with his side's ability to grind out a result on a tricky surface, Wood boss John Evans conceded that his side made the job harder than it could have been.
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But with returning striker TJ Bohane and Langworthy both outstanding, it was as close to a complete performance by the visitors, the concession of a sloppy goal the only blot on the copy book.
Wood dominated from start to finish and could, and probably should, have been four or five goals ahead, but in the end they held on to make it 15 points out of a possible 15.
The hosts threatened first with Jordan Sako hitting an early shot that was saved by Wood keeper Tom King.
Then Wood's dominance began and from a sweeping seventh minute move, they took the lead.
Bohane freed Joey Tustain down the left and from his cross, Gullick swept the ball home to maintain his own hot streak in front of goal.
Gullick then fed Bohane for a chance but the striker re-signed from Highworth Town, dallied in possession and the chance was lost.
Winchester came back into the game and levelled after 19 minutes. A low cross caused confusion and although King saved an initial shot and James Coates blocked a second, Jack Smith fired the third effort home.
Rocked by the leveller, Wood took time to rediscover their fluency and it took until 36 minutes for the visitors to retake the lead with a strange goal.
Jake Parrott's corner found Ashley Thomas on the far side of the penalty area. The big central defender crossed but Coates was unable to get any purchase on his header.
The ball looped high into the air and with the home defence almost statuesque, Langworthy was the only person to react and he nodded home.
Gullick and Langworthy both spurned further chances to give Wood a position of dominance before the teams disappeared for half-time.
Shortwood dominated the second half. City keeper Job Webb did well to keep out a Bohane shot with his legs.
Tustain fired an effort inches wide after a good run and Parrott fired in a low cross which beat everyone when only a touch was needed.
Shortwood's one-touch play was excellent as they poured forward with confidence and Winchester were hemmed back, but a third goal just would not come and Webb kept his side in the game with saves from Bohane, Langworthy and Gullick.
When Winchester did try to break free, Thomas and his colleagues dealt comfortably with any threat and Shortwood finished as they spent most of the half – in control.
Shortwood: King, Coates, Axton, Pritchett, Thomas, Baldwin, Tustain (Martin 86), Parrott, Gullick, Bohane, Langworthy (Brown 83):