Winslow United U18’s – 3
Croughton U18’s – 1
Winslow United U18’s beat Croughton on Sunday afternoon at Elmfield Gate to put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack, and now sit four points off top with two games in hand on leaders Deanshanger. A bright afternoon produced some good football from both sides, and the woodwork at both ends denied both sides but United scored three before the break to seal the game, and although Croughton had more of the ball in the second period, it took until stoppage time for them to finally beat stand in keeper Ollie Bradbury who had denied them several times and hit the back of the net.
Bradbury denies Croughton again
Winslow took the lead in the third minute when a cross from Harry Heritage was met six yards out by Jake Wickham and a Croughton player, the latter got his boot to the ball first but with the keeper committed Wickham managed to recover the ball and side foot into the bottom corner.
Jake Wickham opens the scoring
A fifth minute corner to the visitors was headed against the crossbar and cleared to safety, before a right wing cross was met on the eighteen yard line and fired across goal and wide of the back post. Winslow then saw a free kick from Bill Hornby blocked in the box, and following up Finn Molloy flashed his effort across the goal face and wide.
Croughton hit the crossbar again with a header from a free kick, before Winslow doubled their lead on twenty one minutes. Bill Hornby drove into the box evading a couple of challenges and tucked home past the oncoming keeper with some ease.
A poor clearance from the visitors saw Bill Hornby feed in Charlie Willis and he rounded the keeper but from the angle fired into the side netting much to the relief of the Croughton defenders. A Croughton attack then saw the ball drilled out to the back of the Winslow box and with more time than he realised the overlapping striker hit the ball first time but got it all wrong and screwed his effort well wide.
Dan Chittenden got free down the right channel & after rounding the keeper was caught by a covering defender who managed to block for a corner. Winslow did then score their third just before half-time when Dan Chittenden attempted to lob the advancing Croughton keeper, with the ball heading wide Louie O’Connell fired back across goal to Charlie Willis who stroked home. H/T: 3-0
Willis scores third just before the break
Four minutes after the restart Dan Chittenden collected the ball out on the Winslow left and after cutting back in towards the eighteen yard line he thumped a drive that crashed off the crossbar with the keeper beaten all ends up. Croughton recovered and went on to enjoy some possession but were finding it impossible to get past the gloves of Ollie Bradbury.
A free kick to Winslow just inside the Croughton half saw Michael Donker float the ball into the box and Dan Chittenden headed for the top corner but the keeper had it covered, and moments later Chittenden again found himself away on goal, faced with a one on one the keeper blocked and the rebound fell to Harry heritage who curled at goal but again the keeper threw himself down to tip around his post.
Croughton thought they had an equaliser with fifteen minutes left, when a long ball up to the striker saw him stick out a boot off balance, the ball looped up over everyone and landed in front of the empty goal, but to the amazement of everyone instead of bouncing in the ball bounced up and over the crossbar and onto the top of the net. A heavier pitch would almost certainly have seen a goal back and a different final few minutes!
A Croughton clearance was met by Harry Heritage some thirty yards from goal, his drive bounced back up off the crossbar and landed nicely in the hands of the keeper who was still on the floor recovering from the initial effort. Alex Iyengar drove low at goal from distance forcing another save, and from the clearance a Croughton counter attack resulted in a volley straight into the waiting arms of Bradbury.
Heritage drives against crossbar
Chittenden collected a throw before curling a shot just over the top late on, and a determined run from Seb Boardman down the left saw him feed Charlie Willis who fired over the top. Ollie Bradbury then made a superb save when faced with a one on one, before Croughton scored a late consolation deep into added time, a long ball reaped rewards but too little too late. F/T: 3-1