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 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.
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
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