Winslow score five second-half goals to record a crushing victory over Bedfordshire side.
A slow and sloppy start from Winslow saw them fall two goals behind to Ampthill Town on Saturday at Bedford Street. The unmarked Ampthill number 5 rose to met a long free-kick to nod past Aaron White in the Winslow goal to put the hosts ahead, before White produced two stunning saves low down to deny Ampthill their second. Ampthill weren’t to be denied however as the Ampthill number 9 met a deep cross at the back post to nod down to the number 5 who emphatically thumped the ball into the back of the net to put the Amps two goals up.
With 20 minutes gone the large away following were fearing the worst as Winslow had seemingly given themselves a mountain to climb, but this is a different Winslow now who don’t know when they are beaten and they demonstrated all these fighting abilities to get themselves back into the game.
The visitors started to impose themselves on the game and Daniel Delderfield was put through on goal following a clever flick from Aaron King but screwed his effort wide. The irrepressible Sean Coles then produced a mazy run and as he bore down on goal he looked to have been taken down by the Ampthill ‘keeper who was the last man however those in the crowd were of the opinion that perhaps Coles’ momentum had led him to trip over the ball as he went past the Town No.1. It was Coles again in the thick of things as he was denied by a last ditch tackle as he bore down on goal with the resulting corner coming to nothing.
Ampthill still offered a threat though with their number 5 toe poking an effort just inches wide of the far post.
However it was the visitors that were still in the ascendancy and deserved to get themselves a foothold in the game; they were duly rewarded when a through ball from Mitchell Collins was raced on to by Aaron King who, from 25 yards, unleashed an unstoppable strike past the Ampthill ‘keeper and it was firmly a case of game on.
Moments later, with Winslow now dominating proceedings, Aaron King fed Coles and his cut back found skipper Simon King; he took a touch, which took the defender out, opening the goal up and then curled a fine effort into the far top corner to drag Winslow back on level terms. Daniel Deldefield then created two chances for Aaron King but the first, following a cut back, produced a great save from the Amps ‘keeper and the second saw a shot rocket into the side netting.
At half-time Taylor Collins, who went onto produce a very impressive debut on the left wing, replaced his unwell brother Mitchell Collins. Winslow emerged from the tunnel and the manner in which the first-half had ended there appeared to be only one winner going into the second half.
In a mirror image of the start to the first 45; the visitors were inexplicably caught sleeping once again and after a mere 12 seconds, straight from the kick off, were punished as Ampthill regained the lead when the number 9 met a cross on the stretch to tap the ball into the net past a stranded White.
United had again given themselves a mountain to climb and a lesser side could have caved in, but this team are made of stronger stuff and what was to come can only be described as exquisite, enter stage right Aaron King. Ampthill’s third goal only seemed to re-energise Winslow and they completely blew away a side who had won both of their opening games against good opposition.
Coles was first up to seize the moment unleashing a stunning strike and with the ‘keeper well beaten was unlucky to see his effort come back off the post as Winslow pressed for a quick equaliser.
The equaliser finally came following a mistake by the Ampthill ‘keeper dropping Coles’s cross on to the foot of Aaron King, who took a touch and lashed the ball into the back of the net. The ex-Rushden and Diamonds man was simply unplayable and minutes after equalizing he raced on to a Coles through ball and with the Ampthill back-line appealing in vain for offside danced around the ‘keeper and tapped into the back of the net to give Winslow the lead for the very first time in the game.
It was a lead that Winslow weren’t to relinquish; Aaron King’s fourth and Winslow’s fifth goal came as he turned and shot on the edge of the box sending the ‘keeper the wrong way after a Kevin Mealor free-kick. The hosts heads dropped and the visitors were now in full control with it being simply a case of how many more could they score.
King’s fifth and Winslow’s sixth goal of the day came as he produced a stunning volley on the angle of the box which left the ‘keeper with no chance as he grasped at thin air. United then sealed the victory with a fine passage of play involving a number of passes which culminated with Delderfield’s cut back being met by Coles and he tapped in for his first Winslow goal and Winslow’s seventh of the day.
In the final moments of the game Aaron White produced a stunning save from an Ampthill corner as he dived low down and got a strong hand to the ball and then pounced on it on the goal line.
Unsurprisingly Aaron King was named Man of the Match for his five goal haul, taking his tally already to 8 in 3.
It was a tremendous victory against a very good and confident Ampthill side who were in good form with two wins out of two in the league and were buoyed by the opening of their fantastic new club house. Fantastic to see yet another standing ovation for the players and manager by the strong Winslow following who were clearly delighted with what they had seen.
We face our second trip to Harefield in four weeks as we face Harefield United who come fresh off of a tremendous 4-1 victory against St Neots Town Reserves and will prove yet another tough test .
Did You Know?
Cast your minds back to 22 November 2010, this was the last time that Winslow scored 7 goals in a league game as we trounced Brache Sparta 7-0, current first team Captain Simon King also notched in that game.
A massive thank you to all those that came again yesterday, your support is encouraging this team to play in such a confident manner and this results in displays such as today and as always is welcomed, appreciated and truly valued.
After our visit to Harefield United we have two home games against Codicote in the Division One Cup (Tuesday 29th 7:45) and then Enfield Borough on Saturday 2nd (3:00).