Sutton's second pre-season friendly this season ended goalless on Wednesday as they had the majority of the chances but were unable to break down a stubborn Winchester defence. Manager Paul Doswell took the chance again to look at some triallists, some of whom had also played at Basingstoke, and said afterwards that decisions on whether to include them in his plans will be taken before Saturday's game at Havant & Waterlooville. Grant Porter kept goal for U's, and made one good save to keep out a 20 yard shot, but Sutton created some good pressure just before half time as tricky work by one of the triallists, Ebenezer, on the right set up a chance for Billy Chattaway, whose shot was diverted for a corner. From Kenny Beaney's flag kick Richard Worrell's header was deflected over the top, and when Beaney delivered the next corner from the right Alan Bray headed just wide. Forner Ebbsfleet keeper Sam Mott replaced Porter in the second half but was largely untroubled as on the two occasions Winchester did find a way through they were unable to hit the target, the first when U's defence opened up to allow a striker to run through and shoot, the second a header from a right wing cross. The best moment of the evening came with quarter of an hour left when Danny Phillips sent in a superb first time 25 yard volley, the quality of which was matched by the save required to turn it round the post, while Sam Stannard had a shot blocked and just before the end Stefan Payne, who had been so impressive for Croydon against U's in last season's Southern Youth League Cup final, turned a low cross from the right just over the bar.
Sutton: Porter(Mott H-T), Adams, Bray(Prince H-T), Beaney(John-Paul 64), Roberts(Otto H-T), Stannard, Ebenezer, Worrell(Payne H-T), Dunn (Hamici 30), Phillips, Chattaway.