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SSMFL D1: King long-range treble helps Winslow to league win

Simon King scored a hat-trick as Winslow United eased to a 5-0 victory over Langford Town in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 on Saturday.

Simon King (6) fires in his hat-trick for Winslow United versus Langford Town – Saturday 22nd September 2018

On a very wet afternoon at Elmfields gate, the damp pitch zipped the ball around, which suited the home side.

After an opening battle it was United who took the lead when King was fouled thirty yards from goal. The skipper surprised the visitors as he opted for a direct shot, rather than put the ball into the box, which the home side had filled. His effort went straight in.

Just two minutes before the break King found himself in almost the same spot and his free kick produced an identical result to take the hosts in two goals ahead at the break.

The second period saw United increase their dominance in the rain.

King completed his hat-trick with a fiercely-driven left-foot shot from the edge of the area around the hour-mark.

It was now all Winslow with Matt Cruse rolling the ball home just four minutes later.

On 70 minutes Jack Page was felled as he drove into the box but Ryan Freshwater saw his penalty saved.

A well-worked corner routine finished with Page powerfully driving across the ball to see his shot bend and fly into the corner of the net giving the goalkeeper no chance.

Late on Harry Dalton’s run down the left saw him drive into the box before his left-foot shot beat the goalkeeper, only to come back on the near post.

United have won five of their last six games.

Winslow United: Sam Ashmead, Anthony Ball, Jack Page, Marcus Hussey, Ryan Freshwater, Jack Bowers, Simon King, Alex Kedzierski, Daniel Parsons, Matt Cruse, Harry Dalton.

Subs: Alex McGowan, Billy Harrison, Tom Brindley.

BBST; Mursley United 2-3 Winslow United

Mursley United – 2

Winslow United – 3

A hatrick from Harry Dalton saw Winslow United progress in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy at Mursley United on Saturday, in a game that had two penalties, some fantastic goalkeeping saves, rattled woodwork and numerous missed chances from both sides. A late goal for the home side saw them pile on the pressure in the latter stages but Winslow held firm to progress in the competition of which they reached the semi-final last season.

Mursley had their first chance in the fifth minute when from a goal kick the ball was flicked on for Tom Brazier to get in behind his marker and flash the ball across the goal mouth and narrowly wide of the back post, and at the other end Dalton was getting his eye in when he seized upon a loose ball inside the box but could only lift over the top.

A challenge in midfield that appeared illegal was waved play on allowing Dalton to advance on goal, spotting Mursley keeper Dan Willett off his line the Ploughman attempted the lob from twenty yards but steered the wrong side of the post. The visitors went closer just past the quarter hour mark when a corner cleared to the edge of the area saw Simon King thump at goal only for Willet to get fingers to the ball to push onto the crossbar and eventually clear.

Winslow won a free kick some twenty-five yards out which King drove at goal forcing the keeper to use both hands to stun, before a high cross from their left found Dalton in front of goal but he could only head straight into the waiting gloves of Willett. On twenty-five minutes Mursley won a penalty when Brazier get in behind and as he advanced into the area Jason Costello challenged from behind and only succeeded in bringing him down.

Nathan Skelton scores from the spot

Nathan Skelton tucked the penalty away to give the hosts the lead, which appeared to be very short lived as just two minutes later Winslow won a penalty themselves when Matt Cruse was challenged by Conor White and as both players went down the whistle sounded again. Cruse picked himself up and assumed responsibility, but Willett made the save and as the ball bounced back to the Winslow striker, he was surrounded by green shirts who denied any follow up.

The game was levelled on thirty-one minutes when Dalton was allowed too much space to run across field, from the edge of the penalty arc he fired at goal and a deflection off the boot of White saw the ball loop up and over the goalkeeper and bounce into the empty net. The away side lifted by the goal went looking for more, a cross from the right was half cleared but running in Kieron Schmidt went for goal but the home keeper was always behind the rising drive.

Shiblu Miah then got down the left and as the keeper advanced he went to lob over the top but only lifted into the hands of Willett, then three minutes before the break they took the lead for the first time when Dalton dispossessed a defender who was trying to shield the ball back to his keeper, he went around Willett and rolled into the bottom corner. There was still time for Miah to warm the hands of the home custodian with a fierce drive from close range. H/T: 1-2

Early in the second half Peter Macanaspie found himself free with the ball to the right of the Winslow goal, attempting the deft chip over Sam Ashmead in the Winslow gloves he only managed to clear the crossbar. Moments later the away side won a free kick in midfield, taking it quickly Schmidt was sent scampering down the right channel and his fierce shot was well saved by Willett using both hands.


Harry Dalton goes close

Winslow scored a third goal on sixty-six minutes, & it was a goal that come from nothing; a harmless looking ball over the home backline seemed to be drifting out to the left of the Mursley goal but Miah chased it down and retrieved, Willett committed to give chase but Miah simply hooked the ball across the goal mouth and running in Dalton headed into the empty net.

The game should have been finished moments later, Miah getting down the wing fizzed the ball across and substitute Dan Parsons with the whole goal to aim at blazed over the top. Mursley attacked when they could get hold of the ball, Jordan McDougall crossed from the left & in the middle Skelton rose highest, just as it seemed it had to go in Ashmead stretched every sinew in his arm and hand to tip the ball onto the crossbar and away to safety, earning some deserved applause.

A corner to the hosts then saw McDougall flash the ball across the six-yard box and despite numerous bodies within range, the ball rolled off to safety. However, with three minutes left they did find a second when Brazier seized on a loose ball and drove at the Winslow defence, evading a couple of tackles he laid off to McDougall who from the angle smashed home despite bodies on the line.

Winslow had two late counter attacks with their hosts pushing on for an equaliser, and Willett made some good saves and as much as the hosts pushed they couldn’t find a leveller, and it was Winslow who progress to the next round. F/T: 2-3

Attendance: 87

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Mursley manager Anthony Lands: 
And also Winslow boss Paul Alleyne: 

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BBST; Billy in a Harri to keep winning run going for Winslow United

Saturday 8th September 2018

Mursley United v Winslow United

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy 1st Round

The Playing Field

K.O. 3.00pm

Winslow United recommence their Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy hunt this week-end with the very short trip to Mursley United, as they look to better their semi-final place of last season. Winslow were beaten that afternoon on penalties to eventual winners Saxton Rovers and will be looking for another good run in the competition, which is open primarily to clubs from steps six and seven.

Billy Harrison

This week Sports Shots caught up with defender Billy Harrison to ask how much he’s looking forward to the game:

Yes we are really looking forward to it, can’t get enough games in at the minute after winning our last three games in a row

Considering how far Winslow got in the Senior Trophy last season, is it just as important this time around?

Of course, you want to do well in all the competitions you play in, but this is one we are looking to go a long way in again

What does Billy expect from Mursley on Saturday?

We expect them to be very much up for the game and they will definitely not make it easy for us. Typical Mursley sides I’ve faced in the past have always been very hard working, and having started the season relatively well I’d imagine they would fancy their chances this weekend just like anyone else, anything can happen in cup football

We asked how Winslow will mentally prepare to play a team from a lower division?

The same way you should prepare for every game! You can’t take any game lightly or turn up with the wrong attitude at this level

Just how good a game was it at Rushden & Higham last week in the FA Vase?

That was probably one of the strangest games I’ve ever played in. To have been 4-1 up and completely in control to then ten minutes later be level at 4-4 was crazy. But very pleasing that we managed to get back hold of the game and take the win

How have the changes to the squad this season have affected the balance?

Naturally there is always going to be a bit of a transition period when there are some big changes to the squad, coming in and going out. But we’ve settled in now after a few wins and we have started to get back to playing properly again but there is still much more to come

How has the season been for Billy Harrison?

I’d like to think I’ve started relatively well but I know there is a lot to improve on in my game and that will be sure to happen under the guidance of the management & players around me

Finally, how has it been playing for Winslow United?

It’s been great so far, lots of support locally which is good to see and the lads all get on well. It can be demanding, in terms of playing & getting results but that’s only natural for players & supporters who want success

Sports Shots would like to thank Billy for his time this week.

BBST; Ex ploughman looking forward to War with United

Saturday 8th September 2018

Mursley United v Winslow United

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy 1st Round

The Playing Field

K.O. 3.00pm

Mursley United host near neighbours Winslow United on Saturday in the first round of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, looking to record a cup upset over their higher placed guests and improve on their first round exit from last year. Whilst Mursley have started their season with a WLWLWL sequence in their opening six games, they bowed out of the league challenge trophy midweek after the long trip down to Park View, and currently sit fourth in what is already proving to be a fiercely competitive division two table this season.

James Wardell

This week Sports Shots caught up with Mursley’s James Wardell to ask how much his side are looking forward to reacquainting themselves with Winslow again:

I think it’s a fixture the club will always look forward to as it’s a local derby. With Winslow doing well in the league above in recent seasons, it’s a fixture that unfortunately does not happen as often as it has in previous years. However, when it does it’s always an entertaining and competitive fixture for a lot of people in the local area

How important is the B&B cup for Mursley this year?

The management team have made it very clear that our focus this season is to build on our success from last season in the league, and a decent run in the cups would be an added bonus. With that being said, a positive result against a team who people would consider to have what it takes to go far in this competition could open up a pathway for us to do well and it may increase in priority for us

How will Mursley prepare for the game against higher level opponents?

The same way we would prepare for most games. We learned from last week against Grendon that we need to stick to our game plan and try not to get drawn in to playing a direct game. We played against several higher level opposition in our pre-season campaign, the likes of Buckingham Athletic, Ampthill Town & Aylesbury FC, and got more success when we had the ball and were patient with it

Does James have any friends or ex-colleagues in the Winslow squad?

Not too many to be honest, only Freshy who I’ve seen on their team sheet in recent fixtures, it’s been about four or five seasons since I’ve played over at Winslow. They have had a few changes of manager, combined with the way players tend to move around in local football has meant that the majority of the squad I played with there are now playing elsewhere. I’m sure there will be one or two faces that I’ll have played against over the years and look forward to going up against them again

So how has the season been for Mursley so far?

Although very early still, I feel we’ve started strongly, we have had some really good performances in all but one of our fixtures and we’ve got points on the board. We’ve kept the majority of our squad from last season and that has enabled us to kick on this year. We’ve already shown that this squad has some good character after coming from behind to beat Gallacticos, and the way we responded to the Bank Holiday Monday defeat at Grendon by beating Totternhoe the way we did was very pleasing

How does James feel his own personal season has started?

A challenging start, I had a good enough pre-season and worked on some individual fitness sessions to get ready for the season ahead. I then missed the first two weeks of the season as I was away, but that’s one of those things. August is the kind of month where players & management, especially those with families and kids have commitments during the holidays. Thankfully, we’ve had a good run of games over the past two weeks so what has helped not just me but all of us to sharpen up

Mursley went out of the LCT midweek, how was the match?

The usual cliché – a game of two halves. First half we controlled the ball but were not effective, and poor with our decision making, as to when to play through or which pass to put in. Second half we dominated possession, were more patient with the ball and naturally this opened them up. We were unlucky not to grab the equaliser we thoroughly deserved. They had two shots on goal and both went in but we dust ourselves down and go again as there were loads of positives to take from it

Finally, we asked James what teams he expects to be challenging at the top end of the table this season:

I didn’t play in the fixture but from what I have heard Bovingdon seem to be the team to beat looking at the table. You have Pitstone who are always a competitive team that seem to have strengthened and are also unbeaten so I would expect them to be tough. Then you have Aston Clinton, Totternhoe & Old Bradwell. Apart from the top two, everyone has shown that they are beatable, meaning that this season should have a good cluster of teams fighting it out for league honours

Sports Shots would like to thank James for his time this week

FAV 1RQ: Win-slow edge nine-goal Vase away thriller

A Harry Dalton goal in extra time gave Winslow United a dramatic 5-4 win at Rushden & Higham in the FA Vase this afternoon.

Harry Dalton

Goals from Marcus Hussey, Daniel Parsons and Jack Bowers took United in at half time 3-1 ahead.

Marcus Hussey

The visitors then increased their lead, courtesy of an own goal, before the hosts fought back.

Rushden & Higham pulled three goals back to level the scores and sent the game into extra time.

It was Dalton who netted a dramatic winner to send United into the next round to play at Combined Counties League outfit Bedfont & Feltham on Saturday 15th September.

FAV 1RQ: Dalton eyes cup success as United confidence starts to return

Harry Dalton has previewed Winslow United’s FA Vase trip this weekend.

Harry Dalton

Dalton and his team mates go to Rushden & Higham for a Vase tie at Hayden Road. Their United Counties League, Division 1 opponents currently sit 14th in the table with one win, one draw and two defeats from their opening four games.

United came from behind in an excellent cup tie win over Brimsdown on Tuesday evening.

Again we didn’t start well just like at their place last week. We knew that we had to show more in the second half and the desire and fight from the boys just showed what we can do. To come from 2-0 down to 2-2 and to win on penalties shows a lot of character.

United’s start to the season could be associated with a hangover from last season’s success, turned into a non-promotion.

This was a difficult one to take for all associated with the club. To work as hard as we did last season to see other teams getting promoted and not relegated was tough to take. I think we have now put it behind us and have to get on with our jobs and we’re doing just that.

Things are starting to turn around for the Elmfields Gate-based club.

Personally I think I’ve had an ok start to the season. There’s still lots I can improve on and that will come. I’ve been playing in a slightly different role which I like, just behind the front man.

As a team I think we’re starting to get our confidence back. We didn’t have the best of starts to the season and missing some key players hasn’t helped but everyone’s taken responsibility in their jobs and we’re slowly getting there.

With Vase and County cup games approaching, they will play a part in the season.

Everyone loves a good cup game because anything can happen, you saw that Tuesday night. I think after the disappointment of the FA Cup everyone is bang up for this Vase game and we know it will not be easy at all. Cup runs can help us massively with confidence and I know the boys are buzzing after Tuesday so let’s see what we can do and as long as everything is left on the pitch then we should be fine.

Winslow Utd v Brimsdown

SSMFL LCT 1R: Winslow host Brimsdown in Tuesday League Challenge Trophy clash

Winslow United return to Elmfields gate to host Brimsdown in the Spartan South Midlands League Challenge Trophy, 1st Round on Tuesday evening.

Winslow United’s Elmfields Gate ground.

After being without a game at the weekend, Paul Alleyne’s side will be looking to build on their first win of the season, last time out, a 2-1 away win. Harry Dalton and Jack Bowers on target.

Kick-off is 7.45pm.

SSMFL D1: Winslow secure first league victory of the season

Winslow United secured their first victory of the season when they won 2-1 at Brimsdown in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 on Saturday.

Harry Dalton

The away win saw goalkeeper Sam Ashmead in outstanding form to help give the Elmfields gate-based outfit all three points.

Samson Esan gave the home side the lead in the first half.

Matt Cruse’s effort the Brimsdown goalkeeper make a good save.

Winslow were level just after the break. Harry Dalton picked the ball up in the centre circle before going on a slaloming run ended with a superb right foot finish into the top corner.

Within seven minutes scorer turned provider as Dalton played in Jack Bowers, who fired United into the lead.

Ashmead continued to make saves and show the leadership that United needed to give them their opening win of the season.



SSMFL D1: United Winslow looking to reignite season around at Brimsdown

Winslow United manager Paul Alleyne called on his team to work together as they look to reignite their season.

Hear what the honest Alleyne said after Tuesday night’s defeat when he spoke to us –

FACR; Easington Sports 2-0 Winslow United

Easington Sports – 2

Winslow United – 0

Winslow United’s inaugural season in the FA Cup ended on Tuesday night with a disappointing two goal defeat at Easington Sports, leaving Paul Alleyne’s men to rue the missed chance to progress in the first game last Friday, in which even Easington noted in their replay programme that United were the better side at Elmfield Gate. Goals early in both halves were enough for Sports to pick up the bumper prize fund, and although Winslow pressed hard for much of the second half, there was very little threat to Adam Rimmer in the Easington goal, although for the second week running Ryan Freshwater saw a thumping drive come off the post, bounce across goal and go out for a goal kick!

The home side took the lead in the third minute, a free kick some twenty yards from goal was curled into the box by Callum Convey and as a mass of bodies went to challenge for the ball it bounced in front of United keeper Sam Ashmead but with him committed it simply bounced up into the top corner of the net.

Winslow had their first chance five minutes later when down the left wing Dan Parsons and Marcus Hussey linked up well to square to Kieron Schmidt who fired at goal, as the crowd down the touchline went up to celebrate the ball rolled inches wide of the far post. Straight up the other end Joe Eyre twisted & turned on the eighteen yard line to create some space but then lifted his shot high over the top, and Schmidt for United saw another effort from inside the penalty arc drive wide of Rimmers’ left hand post.

Dan Parsons Winslow United

Ashmead kept his side in the game on twenty-two minutes when Eyre latched onto a pass inside the six-yard box, he took a touch before trying to lift the ball over the keeper but a long outstretched arm just about managed to palm over for a corner. The game evened out as both sides became embroiled in a midfield battle with neither side really breaking through.

But just two minutes before the break Winslow thought they were level when Niall Williams knocked a long ball over the Sports back line for Aaron King to run onto, he touched the ball over the advancing keeper where it bounced in front of the empty goal only to bounce up and hit the crossbar and a defender racing back managed to clear. H/T: 1-0

Just like the first half, United fell to an early goal after the break when another free kick out on the Easington right was floated into the area by Convey, as the yellow backline seemed happy for it to drift out no one picked up Craig Robinson who drifted into the back post and got his boot to the ball to knock it back across Ashmead and inside the far post.

Three minutes later United get the ball in the Sports net but an offside flag was raised way before the shot, but substitute Jack Bowers did well when receiving the ball inside the box he initially stumbled but recovered brilliantly to get his shot away which Rimmer had to push away. Winslow then started to play their best football of the game so far, another substitution saw Harry Dalton push forward from midfield evading a couple of challenges before blazing high over the top.

Winslow just could not get that goal to open the tie up

Then on sixty-six minutes Freshwater had his moment of déjà vu, a free kick was headed away by the Sports defence to the edge of the box where the defender smashed at goal and like at Buckingham Athletic last Tuesday the ball bounced down off the inside of the post, across the open goal mouth to spin away for a goal kick.

A throw then on the United right saw the ball flicked on to Bowers on the far left of the Sports box, with bodies in the middle he chose to go for goal but thumped wide of the near post, when the cross was the much better option.

Sports fought back and should have added to the scoreline in the final few minutes, first Eyre was fed out on the right, he cut into the area and from six-yards blasted past Ashmead only to see his effort come back off the crossbar to be cleared. Then on the halfway line Schmidt conceded possession to Sports Charlie Hill who fed Eyre out on the right again, this time he advanced only to smash the ball off the near post and out for a goal kick.

A similar chance then fell to Henry Rose but he drove low and wide of Ashmead’s near post, whilst at the opposite end Bowers drove on from midfield but his effort was comfortable for Rimmer to fall away to his left to smoother, and with moments left Parsons fed in Aaron King on the eighteen-yard line but he could only fire straight at the Sports keeper. F/T: 2-0

Attendance: 123

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with United manager Paul Alleyne: 

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