Winslow boost survival hopes with vital win

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Scott Reynolds heaped praise on his Winslow United side after they picked up a vital three points in their battle against relegation this week.

Winslow have spent much of the season rooted to the bottom of South Midlands League Division One, but Tuesday’s 1-0 win away at in-form Langford brings them to within a point of safety.

Reynolds said afterwards: “It’s a tremendous result, a vital three points and a well-earned clean sheet!

“We are really starting to look a unit now - our record over the last five games reads two wins, two draws and one loss.

“The boys worked their socks off, every man, whether they got 90 minutes or 15 at the end, and tonight was a real joy to be part of.

“Let’s not forget, Langford had won 11 out of their previous 17 in all competitions, and were recent Team of the Month winners, but we restricted them to a few half chances and we should have had many more goals in the second half.

“Onto the next one and to climbing that table!”

Winslow were on the front foot as early as the ninth minute on Tuesday as Ryan Freshwater played a neat one-two with Dale Butler before unleashing a powerful drive over the bar.

The visitors remained in the ascendency with Hateley Mercer the next to fire an effort off target, followed by Grant Karwacinski, who shot wide having been set up by Winslow debutant Juyin Oluwayemi.

Langford rarely troubled the United defence, with Connor Waite’s long-range effort the closest the hosts came to scoring, but although Winslow remained on top, the first half ended goalless.

Having failed to break down the home defence in the opening 45 minutes, Winslow required just two minutes of the second half to score what proved to be the winner when Langford could only clear an attack to Butler, who steadied himself before smashing the ball under the despairing dive of Scott Waters.

The visitors almost made it two six minutes later as Waters did well to tip Jason Costello’s goal-bound cross away for a corner before Winslow came under pressure from Langford as the hosts searched for an equaliser, but United held out to record a much-needed victory.

With no league fixture this weekend, Winslow travel to Newport Pagnell Town for a friendly.