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SSMFL D1: Dalton strike secures Winslow big win at the top of the table

Harry Dalton scored the only goal of the game as fifth-placed Winslow United defeated a Hillingdon Borough in third place this afternoon.

Harry Dalton

Dalton’s second half strike has closed the gap at the top of the division as Winslow maintained their impressive home form with their fifth successive home league win of the 2018-19 campaign.

SSMFL D1: Ball believes in ‘tight-knit’ Winslow ahead of big weekend clash

Anthony Ball has spoken to Sports Shots as Winslow United host Hillingdon Borough in a third-versus-fifth clash in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 on Saturday afternoon.

Anthony Ball

United will be looking to be back at it after last week’s performance was probably as disappointing as their Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy exit at neighbours Buckingham Athletic.

This weekend will be a good benchmark for United. A big game for the Elmfields gate-based outfit which the talented youngster is looking forward to.

I don’t know much about the other team, but I know they’re up there at the top so it’ll be another good test. The team morale at Winslow is second to none. I’ve never been involved in such a tight-knit group, although everyone is obviously disappointed with the way last weekend went. Therefore every single one of us is eager to get back out and put it right Saturday.

Ball joined up for this campaign slightly late but feels he has more to give.

I didn’t join Winslow until late this season due to starting off the season at Berko (Berkhamsted), where I personally had a very difficult time. Now at Winslow, I feel I’m enjoying my football a lot more than I have done in a long time, and I feel better in the way I’m playing, although I still feel there’s a lot more I’ve got to give.

Ball is settled at Winslow, which is showing in his displays.

Everyone is aiming towards the same goal of promotion and silverware, from the players and coaches through to the staff and fans.

As I said earlier the team morale is so good right now and I think people can see that through the results we’ve been producing. The fans we get turning out in all weathers is great, most of the away games we end up outnumbering the home fans.

BBFA ST; Buckingham Athletic 2-1 Winslow United

Buckingham Athletic – 2

Winslow United – 1

03.11.2018

Buckingham Athletic progressed in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy on Saturday at the expense of their closest rivals Winslow United to win a place in the fourth round and to also bag the local bragging rights for the second time this season after their league win back in August. United manager Paul Alleyne admitted afterwards that his side didn’t turn up, missing several regulars the Ploughmen were behind in the fifth minute to an early penalty, the lead doubled by half time although in truth it could have been many more had the hosts taken their chances. But when Winslow pulled a goal back half way through the second half the expected onslaught wasn’t as vociferous as many expected, the backline of blue shirts repelled everything thrown at them, and the final whistle saw last season’s semi-finalists bow out.

Athletic were gifted the chance to open the scoring after just five minutes when hesitation in the Winslow defence allowed Jack Menday to steal possession and drive into the box where a lunging tackle saw him floored and the referee point to the spot, Neil King making no mistake from twelve yards. Within moments of the goal the hosts won a corner on their right, Nick Bines curled it right into the middle of the goal where despite several bodies fighting to get a touch, Boateng claimed in mid-air and held on to deny any further damage, before a cross reached Robbie Carter in behind Alex McGowan but the Winslow centre half had done enough to distract the Athletic front man who could only glance his header wide.

United try to get back in the game when a ball down the right channel looked a lost cause until Jack Bowers chased it down and pulled back across the eighteen yard area, with the defence caught out the ball rolled on to Tom Brindley but he miskicked, looping the ball up in the air and the chance was gone. The next Ploughmen attack saw Bowers hit a fierce drive towards goal which saw a great block, the follow up by Marcus Hussey hitting a defender before spiralling out for a corner, the set piece was headed clear where from twenty yards Simon King lifted high over the crossbar. Just as the visitors looked to be getting a foothold in the game, the home side scored again on twenty-seven minutes thanks mainly to some great work by Sam Olawale.

Neil King opens scoring from the spot

Chasing down a long lost cause on their right he not only retrieved but kept the ball in play, on the byline he jinked past his marker before crossing and quickest to react was Rob MacDonald who met the cross at the near post to flick across goal and in the far corner. Winslow were on the attack from the restart, a long range effort from Simon King was charged down inside the penalty area before Harry Dalton faced a one on one with Buckingham custodian Josh McAdoo who dived bravely at the strikers feet, the ball rebounding towards the empty goal but the keeper was up in a flash to throw himself on the ball, at the opposite end a Neil King free kick was met by the head of Carter but under pressure from McGowan it was a regulatory save for Boateng.

The Ploughmen almost gifted a third to their hosts when Boateng failed to hold a header back from a colleague in his six-yard box, MacDonald was on it in a flash but an awkward bounce meant he didn’t connect and the keeper was able to recover and smoother. Another Athletic corner swung right into the six yard line saw Menday climb highest to head over, and in the final minute Dalton received a ball to the left of goal where he advanced towards the near post before firing across the goal face and wide of the back post. H/T: 2-0

It took less than thirty seconds of the second half for the home side to try and extend their lead, Menday exploring the space in midfield before driving over the top from twenty-five yards, before Carter got away down the right and from a tight angle flashed the ball towards the near post where Boateng had to get down well to stop with both hands. At the other end a Winslow corner saw Dan Parsons go up against Ryan Marsden at the far post, the United man heading back across goal where Ryan Kelsey was on hand to clear off the line.

Buckingham then could and probably should have put the game to bed when a United attack broke down and with Olawale fed inside the opposite half a break away saw three blue shirts attacking two yellow shirts, but the Ath youngster opted to pass early and it didn’t reach its target & the chance was gone in a flash. Chances still came their way as the game wore on, moving the ball from their right touchline across the eighteen yard line, Olawale onto MacDonald who rolled on towards Carter who left it purposely for Menday who lifted over the top.

Ryan Kelsey clears off the line

Winslow were then awarded a penalty on sixty-seven minutes when Ryan Coyle brought a premature end to a promising attack, Ryan Freshwater duly despatched to half the arrears and set up a thrilling final quarter to the tie. However, it wasn’t the end of the home side’s intent as both substitutes Kevin Owusu and new signing Immanuel Soetan combined well which resulted in the latter firing over the top from distance, moments later Carter was fed through and faced Boateng one on one, as the keeper came out to meet the striker he knocked the ball past him but too far to reach and a defender was close enough to smash to safety.

Winslow won a throw on their right which saw Simon King fed on the eighteen yard line with his back to goal, he turned his marker but could only drag his shot wide of the target, Dalton then had a double chance inside the box, his initial shot blocked the rebound fell nicely for him to try again but McAdoo got down well to his right to save the second effort. Soetan then enjoyed some space to the left of the United goal, twisting and turning three separate challenges he fired into the side netting, at the other end Parsons fizzed a low cross into the six-yard box where McAdoo dived bravely at the feet of Rondell Joe to smoother.

In added time Soetan drove at the United backline switching from one foot to the other and back again before blazing high over the top, and the final action saw a Dalton cross take a flick on inside the area that came back off the post and as bodies clambered to regain possession a raised flag halted play, with the whistle sounding just seconds later. F/T: 2-1

Attendance: 124

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BBST; Winslow team mates United in search of cup progress and league revenge

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy Third Round

Stratford Fields

K.O. 3.00pm

Stratford Fields

Winslow United face a trip for the second time this season to Stratford Fields where they square up to the old enemy in the Berks & Berks Senior Trophy and will be looking to avenge their defeat in the league fixture back in August. That evening a late Ash Farmer strike settled an end-to-end tussle between the local rivals, this time progression in the County Cup is at stake and with both squads having numerous changes since that early fixture a competitive cup tie is expected, Athletic have already warned that parking will be restricted and that car parks in the town should be used as a bumper crowd will be expected.

Ahead of the fixture Sports Shots caught up with long serving midfielder Grant Karwacinski, and defender Alex McGowan who joined from Aston Clinton earlier in the season, and we asked Alex first how he’s found life at Winslow since his move:

I’ve really enjoyed my time so far, the atmosphere around the team is great, and the support we get from the fans home & away, week in week out is second to none. I’ve tried to settle in as quickly as possible, and knowing some of the lads here was really helpful, overall I think it’s going really well

Grant has been at Winslow for a few seasons now, how does this squad compare to previous years?

This is definitely the best squad since my time at Winslow United! There is a lot of quality through out the team and that brings us a level of consistency each week

During his years at the club, there have been numerous changes of personal so just what has kept the midfielder at Elmfield Gate?

I enjoy being at the club on and off the field, it’s a very well run club with great support which I like. I’m not really one to keep changing teams regardless of the situation but this has fallen in my favour as Winslow have progressed massively over the past year or so. Obviously, age isn’t on my side anymore but I feel I can still contribute each week and I’m fortunate to have a good level of fitness so I’ll be about for a while yet

We asked Alex what he has found to be the main differences he’s found since the step up in divisions:

The organisation of sides & fitness levels would be the biggest differences in my opinion, every team is on the ball not just three quarters of them. The travelling isn’t too bad as we are all chipping in with sharing lifts etc, and with the momentum we have at the moment, the heavy schedule of matches is a bonus. Some of the strikers are harder to face though, being quicker & more intelligent with their movement and how they play

How did the defenders move come about & how difficult a decision was it?

It was a really difficult decision to make but I’ve known Paul (Alleyne) for a long time and I couldn’t turn down playing under him with the calibre of players at Winslow. I felt it was a good time to challenge myself at a higher level especially after having such a great season at Aston Clinton last year. It’s a great club and no doubt I’ll play there again at some stage in my career

Grant Karwacinski

We asked Grant which players this season have stood out?

There is an abundance of talent within our squad like D (Dan Parsons), Kingy (Simon King) & Freshie (Ryan Freshwater) but for me AK (Alex Kedzierski) stands out, he’s just a quality player. Good work rate, great passer of the ball, scores goals and keeps things ticking over

Have any players or opposition teams impressed Alex?

It’s easy to say but the whole squad has really impressed me, when you play & train with them you realise how good they actually are, some of the skill and fitness is quality. The only team I’ve faced that I was impressed with would be Harefield, but there is obviously a number of other sides which I haven’t played against yet that look good on paper

How does Grant see his role in the squad now, and are there any plans to go into coaching?

At the moment there is plenty of competition to get into the starting eleven, I’m not guaranteed a starting place like previous seasons but I just want to play as much as possible. It’s important that I take my chance when I do play but as long as the team is winning then that’s the most important thing. With regards to coaching, in all honesty it hasn’t crossed my mind!

And so to Saturday, how does Grant view the game?

It’s a huge game Saturday, not much introduction needed! We all know the importance of the game; a chance to put things right. We were poor in that last visit to The Ath so we owe them one, we owe it to our supporters for the bragging rights. We don’t really go into too much detail about players to watch because we know if we play to our abilities & our potential with our high tempo ethic then we are more than confident of winning, regardless of who we are playing

This is the first Ath v Winslow derby for Alex, has he had any warnings of what to expect?

I’ve played in derbies before but this seems to be different, the squad has been focusing on our midweek game but at the back of our minds Saturday’s game is there. We owe them after losing at the start of the season, I haven’t been made aware of anyone to look out for in particular, I’ll just focus on doing my job

Alex McGowan

Winslow are on a fine run of form of late which includes two wins against top of the table Harefield, and a mauling of Enfield last weekend, how did Alex rate those games:

I felt we expected more from Enfield to be honest, but we still did well not to slip up and we beat them comfortably. Harefield midweek was tough but the way we played for each other and battled we thoroughly deserved the win there too

Grant thought along the similar lines:

Definitely two superb wins & solid performances on both games. We played well with a good tempo and the hard work paid off, they were both very tough games against decent sides but we certainly deserved the win for both games. Onwards & upwards!

The Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy saw Winslow do well last season reaching the semi-finals, yet to have a home draw this term does Grant worry about away games, and how important is the competition?

This is a very decent cup to be in, we did really well last year but we want to go one better this season, it’d be great to go all the way this time out and yes it would be nice to get a home draw but it is what it is. I’d love a decent **** up after winning a trophy

Alex had cup success last year at his former club, he’d prefer a home draw at some point:

I think the team doesn’t mind too much about the draws but ideally it would be better to play at home where we know the pitch, and to have the full force of the fans behind us. This competition is at the top of the priority list, but then they all are! We want to win everything we take part in

Rounding up, we asked Alex to forward think to next May and to think about what would be a successful season for Winslow United:

The general gist around the club is that we want to gain promotion after coming so close last year, and obviously perform week in week out and to win some silverware. I want to play as much as possible and to win as much as possible

And Grant echoes the sentiment of promotion being the aim:

Ideally the target is getting out this division and pushing on to a higher standard, it’s a tough ask but it’s certainly achievable. If we can go and win a cup then that’d be great, but the league is our priority. Promotion would be a brilliant success story for us

Sports Shots would like to thank both Alex & Grant for their time this week.

SSMFL CT: Coles goal knocks Div 1 leaders out as Winslow complete 100% October

Winslow United are through to the next round of the Spartan South Midlands League’s Challenge Trophy.

Sean Coles

A Sean Coles strike saw off unbeaten Division 1 leaders Harefield United 1-0. Paul Alleyne’s side also knocked Harefield out of the Division 1 cup a few weeks ago.

In the next round United will face Buckingham Town at Elmfields gate.

That completes a flawless October for Winslow which sees them with a 100% record having won 8 out of 8, scoring 37, and conceding 9.

Grendon Rangers & ex Buckingham & Winslow player on this weeks BBC3CR Non-League show

This weeks BBC Three Counties non-league show featured former Buckingham Athletic & Winslow United player Phil Martin who discussed his previous clubs and his current club Hashtag United.

Phil Martin

Also an interview with Grendon Rangers manager Steve Jackman, talking about their game at the weekend against Sarrat which was in memory of the late Richard Smith who passed away recently.

Steve Jackman

 

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Phil is on 5 mins, whilst Steve can be heard on 37 mins.

SSMFL D1: Winslow rampage up the table with seven-goal display

Winslow United smashed in seven as they rampaged up the table with an outstanding display.

Eighth-placed United hosted an Enfield outfit in third position at the start of play.

Enfield started brightly as they rattled the crossbar in the opening minutes.

United then took the lead after Harry Dalton fired home after good work by Sean Coles and Daniel Parsons.

Harry Dalton

On 23 minutes Enfield were level after they converted a penalty awarded for a foul against Marcus Hussey.

Simon King put his side back in front just four minutes before the break. The United skipper netted his eighth of the season as his free kick was fired home despite the visiting goalkeeper getting a hand to it.

Simon King

Ten minutes into the second half Coles smashed in a brilliant shot to extend United’s lead.

Sean Coles

Within four minutes Parsons played in King, who calmly slotted in goal number four.

On 80 minutes Dalton went through to net his second and United’s fifth. The striker has now scored thirteen goals this campaign.

Jack Bowers produced some excellent play before playing in Jack Page, who shot home.

In injury time Alex Kedzierski finished off a well-worked corner routine to net United’s seventh.

The game closed with a fine 7-1 victory.

Alex Kedzierski

The result sees United extend their unbeaten run with five consecutive league wins, seven wins on the trot in total and just one defeat in fourteen games.

SSMFL D1: Motoring Winslow face Enfield test as league campaign hots up!

Winslow United entertain Enfield Borough on Saturday afternoon as their season’s campaign takes a test against a side currently placed third in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 table.

Paul Alleyne

Paul Alleyne’s side have been quietly going about their business and have been slowly moving up the division 1 table.

Ironically, back on 14th August when United exited the FA Cup they were bottom of the table with tomorrow’s opponents top. Since then United have climbed to eighth in the division with just one defeat in 13 games.

Enfield visit Elmfields gate with three defeats from the five away league trips they have played in their 14 games to date.

United have won each of their three home games, the last time 5-2 win against Amersham Town – see images below.

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Winslow Utd v Amersham Town

SSMFL D1: Winslow extend unbeaten run with Rayners Lane victory

Winslow United won their sixth game in succession, including their last four league games on the spin, to extend their unbeaten run at Rayners Lane on Saturday.

Paul Alleyne’s side have suffered just one defeat in their last thirteen outings in a run that has pushed them up to touching distance of a top five berth.

Sean Coles gave United the ideal start as he fired the visitors ahead in the opening minutes.

Sean Coles

Daniel Parsons and Anthony Ball both went close before the home side got back on level terms in the 27th minute through Hastings.

Parsons was on target just three minutes before the break as he rifled home from the edge of the area to send Winslow in 2-1 up at the break.

Daniel Parsons

Seventeen minutes after the restart Hastings scored his second as he put the home side back on level terms again.

United produced a good move down the right flank before Alex Kedzierski put Jack Bowers’ cross into the net to put the visitors 3-2 ahead.

Alex Kedzierski

In injury time, Parsons put Simon King in and he calmly slid the ball into the net.

Simon King

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SSMFL D1: Coles’ burning desire for Winslow to keep firing

Winslow United’s Sean Coles is slowly returning to the form and fitness he showed in his side’s excellent 2017-18 campaign.

Sean Coles

The talented winger picked up a nasty injury at the back end of last season, but after working hard on his fitness he is getting back to the levels he has consistently set.

For me, it’s been hard to get going this season due to injuries but I’m getting there.

United have won their two league games at Elmfields gate this week to go up to eighth. Paul Alleyne’s side have lost just once in twelve games in a run stretching back to their previous defeat on 14th August. They are also unbeaten in their last five outings since their FA Vase exit; six wins and a draw.

United are finding form in both league and cup competitions.

The Berks and Bucks is a good cup to be in, I think the squad we have is easily good enough to win it. The league cup I think we are the best team in it with lots of people fighting for there places which can only be good for us.

With an open league, United are winning their games in hand in a run that has seen them push up to eighth in the Spartan South Midlands League, division 1 table. The mood in the United camp is they feel they can be in the mix at the top come the end of the season.

Yeah, I’m feeling positive with the league, maybe we are 1 or 2 players away, but I think we have a good chance of winning it and I’m buzzing to play the big teams!

Coles closed by stressing an ever-present, who was helping the team each week was the club’s supporters.

It’s so good to have the support from the fans and that also helps the team massively.

United head to Rayners Lane on Saturday.