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