Saturday 26th January 2019
Winslow United v Ampthill Town
Spartan South Midlands League Division One
Winslow United host Ampthill Town on Saturday at Elmfield Gate and come up against the side that they beat by two goals from Sean Coles & Harry Dalton without reply last weekend, and know they need the three points to keep the pressure on second place Broadfields United who they currently trail by six points albeit with a game in hand. With top spot seemingly sorted out in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One table, Harefield appear to be champions elect with a fifteen point lead over Broadfields with fifteen league games to go, the race for second spot is still alive. United have won just three of their last nine games in all competition, but Town are in a worse vein of form that sees them with just two victories in their previous ten games in all competition, so Winslow will see this as an ideal opportunity to pick up back to back wins over the Bedfordshire side and begin their assault on that second place spot.
This week Sports Shots caught up with front men Simon King and firstly Harry Dalton to ask when & how he joined the club:
I’ve been at Winslow for about eighteen months now, I came here as I moved to the area after previously playing in the Oxfordshire area. I had a couple of mates playing here already so it made it easier to sign on, and it’s been pretty easy to settle in. I had an injury to start with but managed to help the team out last season
Simon has been involved a little longer:
I think this is now my third season here, I re-joined as we have a great team and a great manager, and I enjoying playing with and for both of them
How does Simon feel his season has been so far this time around?
I missed a few games at the start of the season, but came back and felt I was doing well again, scoring goals also but then I got injured and I’ve been struggling to find that form again since
Harry’s season has gone well, recently confirmed by Southern League Berkhamsted signing him on dual registration:
I think personally the season so far has been great, my fitness can definitely improve that’s for sure. I’ve always tried to be available for selection and to be committed, performance wise I think everyone always says they should have done this or done that but it’s important to try and put it right in the next game. I had a few conversations with the guys at Berko and decided I should take that chance and hopefully do well
What does Harry feel his best position is on the field?
My favourite position is up top but I just want to play football so will play where ever I am needed. Formation wise I don’t really have a preference
Simon is also versatile of late:
I prefer to play in the number ten role, but of late I have been playing in a much deeper role
With that run of three wins in nine, what does Simon put that down to?
We just haven’t been able to see games out, of the games we’ve lost we are nine times out of ten the better team, but we just seem to lose concentration and that ends up costing us
Harry also blames discipline for the loss of recent form:
I think we’ve just lacked a bit of game management, we know how & what we should do but we just haven’t done it in some of our games, in other games we have let a lack of discipline or killing the game off affect us
We asked Harry how the game at Ampthill was last week, and if they had any players that had impressed on the day?
I thought in terms of game management, that was one of our best performances, I think they only had one shot on target and that was in the final minute or so. Defensively we were very good and going forward we created some very good chances. They had a couple of decent players going forward
Simon thought the best Town player went off:
It was a very comfortable game for us, we played some really good football and we never looked like losing the game, their best player had to go off through injury……hopefully he’ll be back in time for Saturday
Does Simon still think second place in the league is achievable?
I feel we can catch Broadfields if we can concentrate for the whole ninety minutes of every game for the rest of the season. Both sides above us are good teams, Harefield are the complete outfit and no one will catch them now, but we feel we will catch Broadfields
Harry doesn’t think it’s all over just yet:
This is football, anything can happen. Six points is only two defeats and we have yet to play Broadfields at home et, lets just wait and see what happens
Winslow have had a number of players booked & sent off lately, does Harry think they are targeted?
I think we’re a team full of character, I believe some referee’s and other teams know this and play off it, but at the same time we have to be wiser. It’s down to us to let our football do the talking
Simon believes tackling is part of the game:
I believe that we are a physical team with passion, and sometimes that goes against us. Unfortunately these days referees are very poor and we can’t even tackle, a foul was given the other night for a “tackle with too much force”, to me that’s just crazy
Finally, we asked Simon is he could be someone else for a day to see what it’s like, one from the squad and then anyone, who would he choose?
From Winslow I’d be AK (Alex Kedzierski), just so I could know what its like to love yourself! Anyone famous? I’d choose to be the Queen so I could sort this country out!
Harry also chose the Winslow midfielder:
Ha ha that is a great question. From the squad I’d be AK, from a footballing perspective the guy doesn’t stop running, he’s like the Duracell rabbit advert, and he also has some tekkers! His barnet ain’t too bad either. Anyone in the world? I’d have to say David Beckham, a great player, a model and a businessman!!
Sports Shots would like to thank both Harry & Simon for their time this week