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SSMFL,D1: Winslow United announce club’s plans for 2017-18 campaign

Winslow United have made a number of announcements as the club looks ahead to the 2017-18 campaign.

Paul Alleyne

The club recently announced the appointment of Paul Alleyne as first team manager, along with Ronnie Joe and Steve Garbutt as his management team.

New Winslow United manager Paul Alleyne (centre) flanked by his management team of Ronnie Joe and Steve Garbutt.

Pre-season arrangements are in full swing and training commences at Elmfields Gate on Tuesday 13 June at 7:00PM.

Fixtures have already been lined up as follows:

11/07/17: Swindon Town XI H – 7:45pm

18/07/17: Leighton Town H 7:45pm

22/07: Grendon Rangers A 3:00pm

27/07: Old Bradwell United A 6:30pm

There are more games in the pipeline and the club, along with Paul, Ronnie and Steve, would like to stress that all players, new, existing and former are welcome to attend training.

In addition the club is delighted to announce that Matt Marsden, manager of the club’s successful Under 18s side, will be stepping up to run the Development side and the Under 18s, who will be playing in the Allied Counties League for 2017/18, will be managed by Festus Olubayo.

BREAKING … Winslow United appoint Alleyne to Elmfields gate hotseat

Winslow United – Club Statement

The club is delighted to announce Paul Alleyne as the new First team manager. Alleyne replaces John Mulholland who quit at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season.

Winslow United’s Elmfields Gate ground.

United Chairman Andy Setterfield commented;

Both the interview panel and the football club committee were unanimous in their decision. We interviewed two other excellent candidates but Paul has a proven track record of success at both league and county cup level and we believe he can lead us to success. I and the rest of the committee are looking forward to working with him.

United finished the season in 16th place following a torrid end to their Division 1 campaign which saw Mulholland resign from his managerial duties at the culmination of a season that had started so well.

Winslow United – Image: Dale James

Alleyne has been appointed following his success at Aylesbury side, Hale Leys United, where he was Manager from 2013 to 2016. He will be joined by Ronnie Joe and former Winslow United player, Steve Garbutt, who will form the management team.

Hale Leys were Division Two runners up in 2015/16 but prior to that had won the Division Two title in 2013-14 and 2014-15 as well as adding a Berks & Bucks Intermediate Trophy win, beating AFC Aldermaston, 2-1 after extra-time, in March 2014.

All at the club welcome Paul, Ronnie and Steve and look forward to working with and supporting them in their endeavours.

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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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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Buckingham Senior Charity Cup final 2017 – Olney Town v Winslow United

Olney Town – 5

Winslow United – 2

Olney Town lifted the 2017 Buckingham Senior Charity Cup on May Day Monday with a win over Winslow United at Stratford Fields. Taking an early two goal lead looked to have put Town in the driving seat, but a United goal right on the stroke of half time gave The Elmfield Gate outfit hope for the second period, another Olney goal then looked to have settled the tie again, but Winslow won & converted a penalty with eleven minutes left, but before a grand finale could evolve two goals in as many minutes put the game to bed, and Olney lifted the trophy in front of a sizeable crowd.

The Nurserymen took the game to the Ploughmen from the off, and on five minutes ex-Winslow hot shot Drew Mitten got in behind and forced Owusu Boateng into an early save. Then a lofted ball into the United box saw Mitten and Boateng challenge each other with the striker firing over the crossbar.

On ten minutes Winslow had the ball in the back of the net when Joey Acheampong finished neatly from the edge of the box following a flick on, but the assistant referee had had his flag aloft long before the ball hit the net. Olney took the lead in the sixteenth minute when a simple through ball saw Nick Bines race clear of the United defence and fire home from twelve yards.

Bines fired Olney ahead

Olney continued to press and an in swinging corner almost went straight in but deflected away after grazing the goal frame, before a free kick saw Jordan Appleton beat Boateng to the ball but head over. The lead was then doubled on twenty four minutes when Drew Mitten cut in from the right and whilst initially losing possession he slid in to take the ball off a defender, with no one able to clear Appleton rifled into the roof of the net from six yards.

Gary Thurston then fired in a low cross from the right only to watch Nick Bines try a delicate back heel but could only steer into the waiting gloves of Boateng. Winslow threatened with a high ball up to Ben Baines who jumped along with Town keeper Josh Mcadoo and as both missed the ball and no other Winslow players in sight a defender had plenty of time to cover back and clear.

Baines then headed a cross straight at Mcadoo as Winslow got some football going and forced their way back into the game. Simon King dummied a clever run on the eighteen yard line before firing at goal, and was unfortunate to see his effort deflect off a team mate and go for a goal kick. As the half time oranges beckoned, the lead was halved when a right wing cross was met by Baines who beat his marker to nod home. H/T: 2-1

Joey Acheampong was in behind the Olney backline early in the second period but after slipping he managed to regain his footing before firing over. Olney scored moments later however the referee blew for a foul on Boateng in the build-up, but their third goal did arrive on fifty seven minutes when some good work out on the left from Drew Mitten saw him feed Rob MacDonald in front of goal who had time to control before despatching past Boateng.

Simon King blasted a fierce shot straight at Mcadoo as Winslow went in search of hope, but their hopes were further dashed when an injury to Owusu Boateng forced him off and substitute Tom Cleaver donned the green jersey for the remainder. A Simon King free kick was brilliantly tipped over by Mcadoo from right underneath his own crossbar, and a Tom Brindley cross was inches away from being converted by Grant Karwacinski.

Winslow’s pressure then paid off on seventy eight minutes, when a ball into the Olney area saw a huge appeal for handball and the referee pointed to the spot. United skipper Nick Farrow despatched the spot kick and Winslow had some hope of a late comeback.

Farrow scores from the spot

As Winslow piled on the pressure, they were undone by a counter attack just two minutes after the goal. Losing possession the ball was sent upfield for Drew Mitten to run onto and he squared to Jordan Appleton who fired home. A minute later Olney were awarded a penalty of their own for a foul just inside the United box, Olney captain Sam Parrish took responsibility and duly despatched, and the game then petered out with the result done and dusted, although Tom Cleaver made a couple of outstanding saves for Winslow to deny any further scoring. F/T: 5-2

Attendance: 200

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BSCC final: Olney Town lift the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup 2017

Olney Town have won the 2017 Buckingham Senior Charity Cup.

Neil Griffiths’ side lifted the trophy after defeating Winslow United 5-2 at Buckingham Athletic Football Club this afternoon.

Nick Bines fired Olney ahead in the 15th minute before Jordan Appleton made it two nine minutes later.

Winslow fought back after Olney’s bright start and Ben Baines netted for the Ploughmen right on the stroke of half time as he converted Joey Acheampong’s right wing cross.

Twelve minutes after the break Rob MacDonald swept home Drew Mitten’s centre from the left flank to restore Olney’s two-goal advantage.

In the 79th minute Nick Farrow calmly converted a penalty to set up a grandstand finish.

Sadly for United they conceded two goals in as many minutes after scoring from the spot and the game was won for Olney; Town skipper Sam Parish stroked home a spot kick and Jordan Appleton netted his side’s fifth and his second.

With £900 raised from the gate money and £126 made from the raffle, as always, charity was a winner again after another successful Buckingham Charity Cup campaign.



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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FLASHBACK – The Winslow United 2011 SSMFL, Div 2 cup final winning team & report!

Ahead of the 2017 Buckingham Senior Charity Cup final, we look back at the last time Winslow United reached a cup final; the 2011 Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 cup winners.


First half goals from Simon King and Ryan Wiffin sealed the South Midlands League, Division Two Cup for Winslow United in a game the North Bucks outfit dominated.

Winslow United – 2011 Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 cup winners

King, who drove his side on all evening, took a quick free-kick, much to everyone’s surprise, in the 31st minute and which gave the 61FC goalkeeper no chance of stopping.

Simon King scores the first goal as Winslow United win the 2011 Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 cup.

Just four minutes later, United Captain Phil Martin saw his powerful shot from an acute angle fly through a number of players and it was Wiffin who stabbed home from close range.

With United’s goalkeeper Nick Bennion claming every cross with excellent handling, a solid back four, a midfield who bossed the game all evening and two willing front runners who, on a hard and bouncy surface, battled for their side, the result was never in doubt.

Martin and Wiffin collected the trophy for the Elmfields Gate outfit but it was a good night’s work and team ethos that saw Damien Wiffin’s side finish the season with success.

Ryan Wiffin (9) and Phil Martin (10) lift Winslow United the 2011 Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 cup.

Team: Bennion, Firth, Cooney, Doherty, Rogers, King, Hall, Balls, Wiffin, Martin, Brown. Subs Holman, Dawson & Brooks.

Winslow United celebrate lifting the 2011 Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 cup.


BSCC final: Mulholland looking to end Winslow era with a Charity Cup win

Sports Shots has talked to John Mulholland as he takes charge of his last game as Winslow United manager tomorrow (Bank Holiday Monday, 3pm).

John Mulholland – Picture courtesy of Dale James

The United boss has decided to stand down with his swansong being a Buckingham Senior Charity Cup final against Olney Town.

Mulholland is looking forward to the chance to finish his spell by becoming the first Elmfields Gate-based manager to win silverware since Damien Wiffin led the side to lifting the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 cup almost six years to the day; 4th May 2011.

I am very much looking to the final. It has been an extremely tough season for myself and the team and it’s a great way to finish a season having a cup final. It’s great for the club and players.

The Winslow manager has named his squad with Simon King the only player remaining from that 2011 cup final winning team. King netted the opener against 61FC in the 2-0 victory.

We are at full strength minus the injured Chris Setterfield, who got injured a week ago and unfortunately will miss the game.

We have Simon King returning after practically missing three quarters of a season through an unfair ban. Simon is a huge bonus for us, he has been training more than most of our regular players and you have to commend that and I’m looking forward to him playing for us again tomorrow.

Although the United manager has not seen his opponents he knows a fair amount about Olney Town already.

I haven’t been to watch them this season but I know a lot of their players and management and in Neil (Griffiths) and Ben (Hill) I know they will have a very good and well organised side. I’m expecting a very physical game, the UCL tends to be more physical than South Midlands. Drew Mitten who played for us, on his day, can be unplayable too. I definitely have one eye on him.

The competition holds some fond memories for the outgoing United boss.

The only memory I recall from this cup really was when I played for New Bradwell St Peter and we played Leighton Town when they were a top six side in the Southern League and their manager Keith Scott at the time signed me to play for them. I was only a young lad then, 18 or 19 years of age maybe, and I got a lot of experience from playing at Leighton.

BSCC final: Olney boss Griffiths looking to cap a positive season with charity cup silverware

Olney Town manager Neil Griffiths has spoken to Sports Shots as his side face Winslow United in the final of the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon (tomorrow), 3pm.

Neil Griffiths

When asked if the Olney Town outfit, management and players, are looking forward to the final, Griffiths didn’t hesitate to answer;

Absolutely. It’s a massive chance for us to cap the season off with silverware. Winning trophies is a good habit to get into. We have pushed the club forward in terms of points total for the season, but a trophy would be another significant step in the right direction.

The Olney boss revealed his team news ahead of the game.

We have a couple of long-term absentees, and a suspension, but we are in a very good place. We have been supported excellently by a strong reserve side. As a whole club we have a strong 16 to pick from.

Neil Griffiths, Ben Hill and the Olney Town bench.

Griffiths has done his home work on the opposition, including making the trip for the competition’s semi-final, second leg tie.

I’ve been fortunate to watch Winslow on a couple of occasion. One of those where they were freely scoring. Whilst their league campaign may of not hit the heights they wanted, I fully expect them to be focused on a cup win. It’s Fritzy’s (John Mulholland) last game and I am sure he is adamant to end his time with a win. We will not be taking anything for granted.

The competition is viewed with positivity by Griffiths, who believes that the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup final is a large occasion in the local football calendar.

I was fortunate enough to take in the cup final between Olney and Banbury. Buckingham Athletic hosted the occasion superbly and I think our players will be presently surprised how many will be there. The cup as a whole is for a great cause and it’s great that locally it’s so well supported.