Winchester CITY survived a late fightback by 10-man Camberley to lift the Hampshire FA Floodlit Midweek Under-18 Cup last night.

City scorched into a 4-1 lead but were left hanging on for victory after Town had Sam Middleton sent off for retaliation at Gosport Borough FC.

Winchester took the lead midway through the first half when Adam Roberts set up Mike Gosney to score.

Dean Frampton rounded keeper Henry Howes to equalise shortly after, only for Jason Bunce to restore City's lead.

Man of the match Ben Kneller, pictured above with his award, made it 3-1 in the second half before Bunce cracked home a superb fourth after being set up by Richard Bridle.

Middleton was dismissed for retaliation after being fouled for a penalty from which Vince Cole reduced the arrears.

And Camberley grabbed another with ten minutes remaining through Luke Harris.

Last night's final was the first of two crucial games for half the Winchester team.

For Gosney, Roberts, Ryan Woodford, Kneller, Ben'yela Ngwa and Howes are all in the Hampshire Under-18 squad which takes on East Riding tomorrow at Eastleigh FC in the semi-final of the county Youth Cup.

The tie is being sponsored by the Daily Echo and kicks off at 1pm.

The only time Hampshire have ever won the competition was nearly half a century ago in 1957 when a 4-3 aggregate victory over Cheshire saw them crowned national champions.

Bill Caine's side certainly have a point to prove.

Last year a dire first-half performance allowed East Riding to gallop into a 3-0 interval lead at Blackfield & Langley and, though Hampshire came back strongly in the second half, it was too little, too late in a 3-2 defeat.

Should they get revenge, Hampshire would face the winners of next Saturday's (March 12) semi-final between Suffolk and Sussex.