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Croughton U18 2-6 Winslow Utd U18

Croughton U18’s – 2

Winslow United U18’s – 6

Winslow United Under 18’s confirmed their status as Border Counties U18 Division Two champions with a comfortable win at Croughton on Sunday. With the home side only able to muster ten players the odds were always stacked against them especially against the side that have been scoring goals for fun of late, and so it proved with Winslow powering into a four goal lead by half time. The pace slowed after the break in the warm sunshine, and the hosts were able to grab a couple of consolation goals but even a red card for United did not diminish their superiority in the game.

A bright start to the game saw a Winslow corner headed over and a free kick to Croughton curled into the waiting gloves of Ollie Bradbury, again standing in for the injured Sam Walker. The visitors took the lead on five minutes when a goal kick was allowed to bounce by the Croughton defence, Dan Chittenden was on it in a flash and after skipping through four defenders inside the box he squared to Charlie Willis who slotted home with some ease.

Winslow scored again on nine minutes but a raised flag chalked the effort off, just before Will Hornby flashed a shot just wide of the right hand post from the eighteen yard line. A Croughton break away then saw a ball behind the United defence leave a player facing a one on one with Bradbury but he could only blaze way over the top.

A long throw from the away side was then allowed to travel right across the goal face, and sliding in at the back post Finn Molloy forced a superb reactive save from the home keeper, before Winslow scored again on twenty one minutes & again a raised flag denied the goal. Three minutes later however the lead was doubled when a corner was flicked on by Will Hornby and Finn Molloy tucked home.

Two minutes later it was three when Charlie Willis did well down the left evading a couple of tackles before setting up Dan Chittenden in front of goal to slot into the corner. On the half hour mark Chittenden made it four when a long clearance from the Winslow defence set the striker away with a Croughton defender, winning the race to the ball he fired across goal from the edge of the area and into the bottom corner.

Chittenden scores Winslow fourth

Winslow then threatened to run riot, the remainder of the half saw the home side under the cosh and lucky not to concede again, Charlie Willis hit the crossbar, and Finn Molloy forced another good save from the Croughton keeper the best of the numerous chances created. H/T: 0-4

The Croughton keeper was soon busy again after the restart saving well from Louis O’Connell, and from the corner Ollie Bradbury headed over having swapped places in goal with Jamie Wickham during the break. Six minutes into the half saw the visitors strike their fifth of the afternoon, when an Ollie Bradbury cross was converted from close range by Charlie Willis.

Willis scores his second

Bill Bridgeman then volleyed over the bar before the home side scored on fifty eight minutes, a cross field pass was fired into the bottom corner from the corner of the box. Dan Chittenden then flashed a shot wide, before his side scored their third goal of the game to be chalked off for offside, and Bridgeman saw an effort brilliantly tipped over by the home keeper.

Dan Chittenden then completed his hat trick on seventy one minutes taking his tally for the season to forty goals. Two minutes later Winslow were reduced to ten men when Tommy Short was shown a red card for a foul, and moments later Jamie Wickham had to be alert to a ball played in behind his defence, coming out to block with his feet to deny the home side from a one on one. Croughton did score a second late on, and there was time for Finn Molloy and Alex Iyengar to shoot wide and over respectively before the final whistle. F/T: 2-6

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Potterspury 2-3 Great Horwood

Potterspury – 2

Great Horwood – 3

Great Horwood spoiled the end of season celebrations at Potterspury on Saturday by coming from behind twice to secure a shock win at the home of the NBDFL Premier Division Champions. Both sides were forced into changes with several players missing, but an entertaining game was still served up and with six minutes left it looked like the home side would be popping the champagne with an additional three points in the bag, however Horwood scored twice in the remaining moments to secure the shock away win.

Twice in the opening three minutes Potterspury got down either wing and prospered from some hesitant defending from their guests, first Joe Manning tried an audacious lob from the edge of the box followed closely by Sam Pittam who tried the same but both could only steer wide of Horwood keeper Scott Wilson’s goal frame.

The hosts did then take the lead on eleven minutes when a Horwood attack broke down and the ball was sent long down the Pury right for Danny Whitefield to chase, he skipped past his marker and slotted home from twelve yards.

Whitefield opens scoring

Scott Wilson then denied Sam Pittam who had cut in from the left, deflecting his shot over for a corner from close range, before skipper Andy Ord had another effort deflected over from inside the Horwood box.

Joe Manning blazed over the top, and Martin Blackwell then tried to curl into the top corner from the opposite angle of the penalty area, but Horwood defended resolutely and denied the home side from increasing their lead. Ten minutes before the interval they gained reward with an equaliser, a cross from the right was blocked right in front of goal and on hand to smash home was Eddie Archer.

The goal gave Horwood confidence to attack Sam Kelly in the Pury goal, and fired in a number of high crosses across the face of goal but no one got close to any of them to test the keeper’s reflexes. As the away side attacked, the danger was always there of a counter attack and a moments before the interval a lightening break away saw Joe Manning fed in behind the Horwood defence but faced with a one on one with Wilson he could only fire wide. H/T: 1-1

Ryan Tappin got down the Horwood right and delivered a good cross into Sam Archer who couldn’t quite keep his effort under the bar, before a corner saw the roles reversed when Archer fed Tappin on the corner of the box, he turned and went for goal but the slightest of deflections took it over for a corner.

Potterspury then took the lead again on sixty nine minutes when a corner was fizzed along the ground and running in among a mass of bodies Andy Ord glanced home at the near post. Steve Willetts then forced Scott Wilson into a very good save from twelve yards out to deny them home side from increasing their lead.

As the game seemed to be heading out towards a home win, Great Horwood scored their second equaliser on eighty four minutes, a ball into the Pury area was attacked by Adam Dixon going up against Sam Kelly, the ball looped up and with the keeper stranded it left Brandon Bowes the simple task of heading into the unguarded net.

Bowes levels for Horwood

In the final minute the Buckinghamshire side netted their unlikely winner when a ball into the box wasn’t dealt with and landed nicely for Adam Dixon to lash home from ten yards out. Ryan Tappin then almost added a fourth in added time when a Pury attack broke down and with Sam Kelly rushing out to close Tappin down he went for the shot from the touchline but the ball landed in the side netting, just as the final whistle sounded. F/T: 2-3

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Winslow United U18’s clinch league title

Deanshanger Athletic U18’s – 1

Winslow United U18’s – 5

Winslow United U18’s clinched the league title on Thursday evening with a convincing win at Deanshanger, and again their attacking force simply brushed their opponents aside and the defence stood firm against anything thrown at them, with the result put to bed in the opening fifty five minutes the remainder of the game staggered to a close with Winslow losing their tempo but with an eight point gap with two games left the final whistle sounded to crown a successful season for the Elmfield Gate squad.

United took the lead on four minutes when Dan Chittenden worked hard down the right and his cross was played back across goal by Finn Molloy to Charlie Willis who tucked home right in front of goal. A poor goal kick from the home side then fell to Seb Boardman who tried his luck from forty yards but it did not quite have enough power to trouble the Athletic keeper who gratefully collected on his six yard line.

The visitors then doubled their lead on eight minutes when a long throw into the box was flicked on by a defender and at the back post Seb Boardman was on hand to slide in and poke home. A Deanshanger cross then proved elusive for Ollie Bradbury in the Winslow goal, almost catching him out he had to palm up from under his crossbar and the ball landed back down on top of the bar and over for a corner.

Winslow did score again on fifteen minutes however a raised flag on the far side denied the goal, and moments later the home side should have got a foot back in the game when a good cross was met in the middle of the United box by two players, who got in each other’s way and ended up with one heading the chance against the other and the chance was gone.

A Winslow throw was then flicked on by Chittenden and Molloy lumped over the top, but a minute before the interval saw a third goal when another long throw on their right was headed home by Will Hornby who climbed highest to power into the top corner. H/T: 0-3

Hornby (4) watches header beat keeper

Three minutes into the second half saw Dan Chittenden add a forth when a ball into the box was knocked down by Finn Molloy and the prolific striker lashed home. Winslow continued to press and a fifty sixth minute free kick just outside the Deanshanger box saw Chittenden strike for goal, the home keeper seemed to have it covered but then spilled from his gloves and Harry Heritage nipped in to stroke into the empty net.

Heritage completes rout

As Winslow relaxed, Athletic came into the game and a throw into the box was skied high over the crossbar from a close range shot, and a minute later another shot rebounded off the post and away for a goal kick.

Tommy Short then stood strong on a right wing run that saw three heavy challenges unable to knock him off the ball, his cross was met on the volley by Chittenden who fired wide. The home side then scored a consolation on sixty six minutes, Ollie Bradbury saved an initial shot but the follow up was tapped home.

Michael Donker then had to clear a goal bound effort off the line as Deanshanger tried in vain to put their guests under pressure, before a Harry Heritage cross from right on the byline bounced off the crossbar and away from Finn Molloy who was waiting in the middle. F/T: 1-5

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Great Horwood 2-1 Duston Dynamo’s

NBDFL Interdivisional Trophy Final

Tuesday evening saw the final NBDFL cup final of the 2016/17 season, with Great Horwood overcoming Duston Dynamo’s at Stratford Fields, but it took one hundred and twenty minutes of football to determine a winner, and a penalty kick was all that separated the sides at the end. A game of very few chances saw a goal in each half send the tie into extra time, but a Sam Archer penalty in the first half of extra time saw the Buckinghamshire side lift the trophy.

Duston had the lion’s share of possession in the first half, and a fifth minute curling effort from Luke Adams had Horwood keeper Ian McStraw tipping around his post for a corner. A corner then for Horwood was only half cleared to the edge of the Duston box and Andy Brunning lifted over the crossbar.

A dangerous twenty second minute right wing cross from Dale Armitage saw Tom Parker stick out a knee to divert for a Horwood corner, when the ball could have gone anywhere. But from the corner Horwood took the lead, when Stuart Parker & Eddie Archer both rose to attack the ball only to see a block in the six yard box, however the ball fell to Parker who made no mistake from five yards out.

Stuart Parker opens the scoring

Just past the half hour mark the scores were almost level when a poor clearance from Horwood saw Luke Adams strike across goal only to watch his effort bounce off the far post and away to safety. H/T: 1-0

The second half began as the first ended, with a battle of midfields not generating much in the way of goal scoring opportunities. Dylon Feeney tried his luck for the Northamptonshire side from outside the box but could only screw wide.

From a Horwood throw the ball worked its way out to Dale Armitage but he blazed well over the top, and another goal did not seem likely at this stage. But with fourteen minutes left Duston found an equaliser although somewhat fortuitously.

A free kick up into the box was headed back across goal by Keith Nibbs and in front of his own keeper Eddie Archer attempted to head clear but only managed to glance into his own net.

Duston leveller

In the final minute Duston had the chance to win it, when another ball into the area was flicked on and with some space Xhamil Tocilla lined up to shoot from close range but slipped at the final second allowing Horwood to clear their lines. F/T: 1-1

An early corner to Great Horwood in extra time wasn’t cleared by the Duston defence and Stuart Parker tried an audacious overhead kick that grazed the crossbar before going over. Ryan Tappin then got down the right and crossed to Terry Cronin in front of goal, as the Dynamo defence appealed for offside the flag stayed down but Cronin could only steer wide.

Tappin then cut in from the left before firing into keeper Spencer Hack’s gloves, and moments later Ben Thickbroom got down the Horwood right and drilled a low cross hoping for a deflection from close range but the ball was eventually cleared, with team mates in space in the middle.

Eleven minutes into extra time saw Horwood awarded a penalty, Eddie Archer drove into the box and under pressure from Duston skipper Pat O’Dwyer went down, despite the protests the referee awarded the spot kick. Sam Archer made no mistake from the spot.

Luke Adams drove a low free kick straight at Ian McStraw as Duston tried to get an equaliser in the second period of extra time all to no avail, and a late Ryan Tappin free kick for Horwood curled into the arms of Spencer Hack, as the game drifted away from Duston. F/T AET: 2-1

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Winslow Utd U18 7-2 Wolverton Tigermoth U18

Winslow United U18’s – 7

Wolverton Tigermoths U18’s – 2

Winslow United Under 18’s for the second week running struggled to see off Wolverton and took until the second period to seal the game and run out comfortable winners. A bright sunny afternoon saw the home side bag the points although it took an hour or so of the game for them to see off their resilient guests.

Wolverton attacked from the off and in the first minute saw a cross land on the roof of stand in keeper Seb Boardman’s net, and maybe should have taken the lead moments later when another right wing cross was met right in front of goal but headed over with the whole game to aim for.

Then on four minutes Ollie Bradbury put the home side ahead, after dispossessing a Tigermoth in his own half he then set out on a great run down the Winslow left, playing a one two along the way before cutting into the box and tucking into the bottom corner.

Bradbury opens the scoring

The Wolverton keeper then made a good save from Dan Chittenden, following a right wing cross from Bradbury before Finn Molloy teed up a Tommy Short shot that warmed the Wolverton gloves.

Dan Chittenden then chased down a ball over the visitors defence before forcing the keeper into a good save, turning away for a corner and at the other end a loose ball was curled over the top from the edge of the Winslow box. Another battle of Chittenden versus keeper saw a block again as the Wolverton custodian raced out with a defender on hand to clear the loose ball, but Winslow finally doubled their lead on twenty seven minutes. Ollie Bradbury slid a perfect pass through for Chittenden to run on to and slot home with ease.

A Wolverton free kick was then blasted over the Winslow crossbar, but this proved to be target practise when five minutes before the interval another free kick on the edge of the box was drilled home to half the deficit. Just before the whistle there was a chance for the guests to restore parity when a ball in behind the home defence saw Seb Boardman pull off a brilliant save to keep his sides lead intact. H/T: 2-1

A minute into the second half saw a ball flashed across the Winslow goal face and despite the best efforts of a Tigermoth acrobatically throwing himself at the ball, he could not get the touch needed to level the game, and within a minute the home side had extended their lead. Ollie Bradbury again received the ball on the left of the penalty area and curled his effort around the keeper and into the bottom corner.

Wolverton had a chance then on fifty seven minutes from an attack on the break, rounding keeper Boardman the attacker could only fire into the side netting with the goal gaping, but they did find the net five minutes later when a low cross from their right was drilled home at the near post.

The goal suddenly woke the home side up, and Finn Molloy curled a shot around the back post from inside the area but on sixty eight minutes a keeping error allowed Dan Chittenden to score his second of the afternoon. A free kick sent long into the Tigermoth half was allowed to bounce, and as the keeper came out he misjudged everything and the ball looped up over his head allowing the Winslow hot shot to nip round him and fire into the unguarded net.

Seb Boardman made a double save for Winslow on the edge of his box, before Chittenden completed his hat trick on seventy two minutes, when another long ball eluded the visiting keeper and the United striker had time to get the ball under control, then look up before lashing home. Charlie Willis then got in on the act with nine minutes left, latching onto a pass from Finn Molloy and striking first time into the bottom far corner.

A minute later Willis bagged his second when a ball over his shoulder still gave him time to look up and smash into the roof of the net.

Willis fires home the seventh

Finn Molloy then fired narrowly wide from close range, before in the final minute a Harry Heritage shot was brilliantly tipped over the crossbar by the Wolverton keeper. The points took Winslow five points clear at the top of the table, and face a crunch 1st v 2nd battle on Thursday at Deanshanger. F/T: 7-2

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Willen 2-1 Wing

Willen – 2

Wing – 1

NBDFL League Trophy Final

Willen won the NBDFL Intermediate League Trophy Final at Stratford Fields on Saturday, despite playing the final thirty seven minutes of the game with ten men, after having Danny Wing red carded for kicking out after a challenge on the edge of the Wing box. At that stage the score was one apiece, but despite the numerical disadvantage Willen had the better chances after the card, and won the game with a clinical strike from Ricky McAdam with five minutes remaining.

Willen took the lead in the second minute, from a corner Danny Wing beat Paul Searl to the ball and seemed to shoulder the ball into the back of the net.

Danny Wing (7) opens the scoring

Ryan Guinnane tried his luck from distance for the Milton Keynes based side but easily cleared the bar, before the Wing skipper Dan Farmer cut in from the left and warmed the hands of Willen keeper James Green.

A probing Willen cross was half cleared to the edge of their box and running in McAdam blazed over the top, and on twenty four minutes the scores were back on level terms when a Wing attack ended with a trip inside the box leaving referee Gavin Smith little option but to point to the spot, Dan Farmer levelled from the spot kick.

Dan Farmer levels

A Willen throw found Scott Barton who fired at goal from distance, he succeeded in feeding Guinnane twelve yards out who swivelled and fired over, and on the stroke of half time Wing conceded possession in their own half allowing Danny Wing a free run at goal and he forced keeper Alan Bazell into an excellent save, turning away for a corner. H/T: 1-1

Ryan Guinnane glanced an early second half corner over for Willen, and moments later came the dismissal of Danny Wing. A promising Willen attack was ended just outside the box by a Wing defender, but a reaction after the tackle saw the referee brandish a red card to the Willen player despite his side having the free kick.

A fifty seventh minute throw to Willen then found Ashley Ferguson inside the box, with back to goal he managed to turn and shoot however a narrow deflection took the ball out for a corner, which was then headed wide by Samuel Nevin. Wing then pushed on with the advantage and Dan Farmer attacked down their right, as he squared into the box it seemed inevitable a goal would come but somehow a defender got back quickest to clear the danger.

Samuel Nevin then saw another header brush a defender as he went for goal, and from the corner Nevin slid in but could only loop over the crossbar under heavy pressure from a Willen defender. Pete Rowe then drove into the Willen box and flashed the ball across goal but no team mates were near enough to divert home, then with five minutes remaining Willen scored their winner. A ball through the Wing defence saw Ricky McAdam run on and fire across goal and into the bottom corner.

From the restart Wing attacked at pace, and a cross was headed at goal by Steve Fazakerley from six yards out and a brilliant reaction save by James Green denied what looked a certain equaliser, and the save earned applause from the large crowd. Willen held off anything Wing threw at them in the final minutes and held on to lift the trophy. F/T: 2-1

Willen awarded trophy

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Winslow Utd U18 4-1 Croughton U18

Winslow United U18’s – 4

Croughton U18’s – 1

Winslow United Under 18’s powered their way to victory on Thursday evening over Croughton with a first half display that the visitors simply had no answers to, and a three-goal cushion at the break was extremely flattering to Croughton in a forty-five-minute period that Winslow simply dominated. Inevitably after the break the hosts were less clinical with the game all but done, but did create numerous chances that went begging, but the points were all that mattered to ensure the side stay in pole position for the league title.

Winslow were hungry for goals from the off and Finn Molloy shot wide from a left-wing cross in the opening seconds, before a Croughton corner was cleared and Alex Iyengar sent a ball upfield for Dan Chittenden to chase, he outpaced a defender to face a one on one but the away keeper made a fine save from the United leading scorer.

Winslow took the lead on ten minutes, when a Winslow corner was not cleared and the ball eventually fell to Tommy Short who rifled home from twelve yards.

Short fires home

Five minutes later the score was doubled when a ball from Alex Iyengar was allowed to bounce and as the Croughton defence stood and watched, coming in at the back Finn Molloy headed home.

Molloy heads home second goal

From a Winslow goal kick a simple flick saw Charlie Willis in on goal and he fired narrowly past the post, before Dan Chittenden fired a third for the home side on twenty-eight minutes. A ball through looked to be dealt with by a Croughton defender but as he hesitated Chittenden was in and took the ball on before firing across the keeper and into the bottom corner.

Michael Donker then fired a free kick over the bar, and Chittenden fired a Charlie Willis cross wide, before a misplaced pass in the home defence almost allowed the away side a route back into the game, but quick reactions from keeper Ollie Bradbury saving with his feet spared any blushes. H/T: 3-0

Seb Boardman flashed a ball across goal from the restart that no yellow shirts could get near before it went for a goal kick, and a free kick just inside the Croughton half saw Michael Donker send in a superb cross for Charlie Willis to climb and head and the Croughton keeper made a superb save turning it away for a corner.

Winslow did score a fourth on fifty-four minutes, when a Bill Hornby cross cum shot found Willis at the back post who headed home. Finn Molloy then fired wide from inside the area, before another goal kick from Winslow was allowed to bounce letting in Dan Chittenden, he raced on and fired at goal and again the keeper made a fantastic one handed save to turn around his post. Molloy fired over the bar again, before a half volley from Chittenden from a long free kick lifted the ball over the top.

Jake Wickham then cushioned a cross down to Finn Molloy who smashed at goal but the ball bounced up off the bar and over for a goal kick, before a Louie O’Connell effort was saved low down by the keeper. Croughton scored a late consolation with eight minutes left, but there was still time for O’Connell to drag a shot wide after another long ball was allowed to bounce by the visiting back line, and Jake Wickham had a good run down the left beating his marker and shooting, the keeper blocked and the loose ball fell to Charlie Willis who saw his shot then blocked and eventually cleared.

Charlie Willis was then fed in over the top and his shot was inches wide of the far post, and in the final moments a superb cross from Harry Heritage found Finn Molloy whose header came back off the post before he fired over the crossbar. F/T: 4-1

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Wolverton Tigermoth U18 1-5 Winslow United U18

Winslow United Under 18’s claimed a comfortable win at Wolverton on Sunday, although took their time to assert their extra man advantage as the home side could only muster ten players prior to kick off. Two late first half goals finally put Winslow in the ascendency and they then controlled the second half and were even afforded a penalty miss on a breezy afternoon in Milton Keynes.

Wolverton in all fairness took the game to Winslow in the opening minutes and won two or three corners, but never put Olly Bradbury in any danger in the Winslow goal. United had their first chance when Alex Iyengar headed a ninth minute corner wide, but from there neither side really got a stranglehold on the game, both sets of players struggling with the wind and lack of accuracy in passing. A deep cross into the Moths box was met at the far post by Bill Hornby but as the ball held up in the wind he could only knee it straight into the home keeper’s gloves.

Wolverton almost stole the lead then on thirty nine minutes when a long ball saw an attempted lob over Bradbury who was off his line but the ball bounced wide. Charlie Willis then fizzed a low cross right along the six yard line but Dan Chittenden couldn’t get enough of a connection and the chance was gone. Wolverton were indebted to their back line two minutes before the break, initially the keeper made a save from a Charlie Willis shot, the ball was then directed at goal by Jacob Harte and a defender tracking back headed off the line. At this stage it seemed a half time stalemate was on the cards.

Then on the stroke of half time Dan Chittenden put his side ahead, receiving the ball on the right of the area he smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Chittenden rifles into the roof of the net

A minute later the lead was doubled Seb Boardman made a driving run down the left and his cross found Charlie Willis, he slotted home but the referee was then obliged to have a long chat with the assistant on the far side who had raised his flag. After a lengthy discussion the goal was awarded, and Winslow had a comfortable lead. H/T: 0-2

Olly Bradbury made a fine double save in the opening minute of the second half, from a long ball a shot came in which he saved and the rebound fell invitingly for another Wolverton player to shoot but again Bradbury denied the hosts. Jamie Wickham then flashed a ball across the Wolverton goal face but with no one near enough to convert the ball rolled harmlessly out for a goal kick.

Ten minutes in saw Winslow awarded  penalty when a Dan Chittenden run into the box saw him tripped and he picked himself up to despatch into the bottom corner with some ease. Nine minutes later Alex Iyengar picked up the ball inside his own half, driving forward he played a one two and finished the move stroking into the bottom corner.

Iyengar scores fourth Winslow goal

Jamie Wickham cleared a ball heading for goal when Bradbury & Iyengar collided on the edge of the United box, but Winslow went straight up the other end to score a fifth. Charlie Willis threaded a neat ball through the home defence and Jake Wickham did not hesitate to smash up into the roof of the net. With seven minutes remaining Winslow were awarded a second penalty of the game when Willis was upended in the box, Jake Wickham took on the responsibility but was unlucky to see his spot kick bounce back off the post.

Tommy Short cushioned a ball down for Jacob Harte to drive over the top late on, and Louie O’Connell set up Dan Chittenden whose strike across the goal went narrowly wide. In the final minute Wolverton scored a late consolation from the penalty spot, but the points were already on their way back to Elmfield Gate.

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Winslow United U18 3-1 Croughton U18

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

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