BBFA ST; Winslow keeper confident his side have fully risen from the Ash-es

Saturday 6th October 2018

Great Horwood v Winslow United

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy 2nd Round

Castle Fields

K.O. 3.00pm

Winslow United are back in cup action this week with two games in four days in trophy competitions, beginning on Saturday with another local trip in the Berks & Bucks senior trophy as they visit Great Horwood in the second round. After winning at Mursley in the previous round, Paul Alleyne’s men face North Bucks & District League side Horwood who are second in their division and have won their last four league games, so again another tricky obstacle for last season’s semi-finalists awaits.

Sam Ashmead

This week Sports Shots caught up with United keeper Sam Ashmead to ask how he feels his side have started the season:

I feel after a shaky start we have now begun to show more of the good dominant football from last season, we are a very good footballing side with lots of ability. I personally believe it was just the confidence in the side that was the issue to start with, we had lost two players who over last season had scored over seventy goals between them, but spirit is up now and our performances are back up

How does Sam feel he has started the season?

In terms of my personal fitness I have lost over four stone since the end of last season and have put a lot of work into getting fit and up for this season. I feel I have had a good start with some good performances, making some crucial saves, I had a run of six games with clean sheets at the end of last season so it would be nice to start pulling some more from our performances

Just how much did the upheaval at the start of the season affect the squad, and are things more settled now?

As I mentioned earlier, the loss of two players who had scored so many goals last season disrupted us all, mixed with a couple of defeats at the start of the season our morale wasn’t great. But we’ve started scoring goals again, and some crucial players are back and performing, also the return of Peck (Sean Coles) will make a huge difference

We asked if there had been any stand out players so far this term:

Personally I wouldn’t say there has been any one stand out player, as a team we have all stepped up from the start of the season & pulled together. Alex (McGowan) has been a great addition to our back four, with Peck returning now and Tom (Brindley) back & scoring goals things are definitely looking up

How were the last two away games for Winslow which saw defeat in the FA Vase and a last gasp draw at Wodson Park?

The Bedfont game we didn’t show up collectively and with the chances they had I think we were lucky to come away with just a two goal defeat. The match then at Wodson was just bad game management, we have addressed the issues from those performances and corrected things as you can see from our last result

How was the game midweek at Buckingham Town?

We started very well with Peck scoring after about nineteen seconds and then going two up within five minutes or so. Once those goals went in it made the evening a lot easier for us as it took most of the fight out of them, they managed to claw a goal back which I was personally very disappointed with after a string of saves, but a very good performance managing this game as we reduced them to one shot on goal in the second half

How difficult will this week be against a side from a lower level?

These cup games are more difficult than any, we as a team know how we feel when we are playing levels above us, it put’s that extra buzz through you and the fight & determination seems to step up with that. So we will not be expecting an easy game as they will be looking for the scalp

Finally, does Sam have any former team mates to look forward to playing against?

Personally I don’t have any no, and even if I did that all goes away when the whistle goes at the start of the game, we look to get the job done regardless of who we are playing

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

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