Grendon Rangers – 0
Winslow United – 4
Winslow United progressed to the Buckingham Charity Cup Final after brushing Grendon Rangers aside by four goals to nil, and winning the tie by five on aggregate. Mursley struggled to get going on the night, and once their higher level opponents took a two goal advantage at Bell Close it seemed to signal the game was over, and the tie decided. Winslow now progress to face Olney Town in the cup final on May 1st, to be played at Stratford Fields, the home of Buckingham Athletic.
Ben Baines fired wide early on for Winslow, before Grendon keeper Tom Weymes had to punch away a Ryan Freshwater ball into the box seconds ahead of Dan Pounds reaching the ball. Tom Brindley then had Weymes scurrying away to his left to block a shot, before Winslow broke the deadlock on fourteen minutes. Skipper Nick Farrow got down the United left and his cross-cum-shot looped over the despairing reach of Weymes and hit the back post and rebounded in.
Three minutes later the lead was doubled and the game effectively finished, when a Grendon attack broke down in midfield & Winslow shifted the ball efficiently up to Tom Brindley, from a tight angle he drove at goal and a defender covering back got a touch but could not stop the ball from rolling in. Ben Baines then saw Weymes save a shot with his knee, after a decent cross from the left, and Grendon then had a sniff when a cushioned header resulted in Matt Ginger blazing way over the top.
Just past the half hour mark Daley Cross fired over the bar from distance for Grendon, followed shortly after by Joe Walls heading a cross over Owusu Boateng’s crossbar. Baines then had Weymes again diving to his right to block a shot, and Weymes then had to face Tom Brindley in a one on one situation after Winslow broke on the counter, but the ex-Winslow keeper saved and had a defender on hand to clear.
In the final minute of the half a Winslow corner was headed over at the back stick by player-manager John Mullholland, and in added time the game was sealed when a ball over the Grendon defence saw Dan Pounds away on goal, shoulder to shoulder with a defender the United man got his shot away which deflected off his marker and looped over Weymes and into the empty net. H/T: 0-3
Winslow started the second half with a fine passing move that saw Grant Karwacinski splay the ball out wide to Tom Brindley, he crossed to Ollie Golding who side footed home from close range. Golding then sent a fifty fourth minute free kick into the Grendon box, and at the far post Mullholland headed over.
Dan Chittenden then sent a long Winslow free kick into the area where Ben Baines totally unmarked got his angles all wrong and headed over. The closest Grendon got in the second half was from a corner, where stretching all the way Stuart Leonard could only head back across goal and wide.
Matt Bradbury did then get a cross over from the Rangers right and found Will Lambourne but his shot was straight at Boateng who collected comfortably. Chris Setterfield then drove at the Grendon defence, on the edge of the box Ben Baines took control of the ball and drove low at Tom Weymes who got down well to his left to smoother.
Owusu Boateng made a save from a Matt Bradbury shot deep in added time, but the Winslow keeper did not look like conceding for most of the evening, and the referee’s whistle blew shortly after to signal the Buckingham Charity Cup Final would see Winslow progress to face Olney Town from the United Counties League Division One, on Bank Holiday May Day Monday. With a number of Ex-Winslow players in the Olney ranks, and entertaining cup final awaits…..
Both managers spoke to Sports Shots after the game:
Match photo’s can be viewed here: