Winslow do the double over rivals Athletic

Tony Fields of Winslow United sandwiched between Buckingham Athletic's Sid Hawkins, right, and Patch Hooper. Picture: Andy Bone
Tony Fields of Winslow United sandwiched between Buckingham Athletic's Sid Hawkins, right, and Patch Hooper. Picture: Andy Bone
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Winslow United completed the league double over fierce local rivals Buckingham Athletic with a 3-1 victory over the Easter weekend.

After winning the first derby of the season 4-0 back in December, Winslow travelled to Stratford Fields lying 12th and just one point ahead of Athletic in SSML Division One.

Both sides were missing key players for the Easter fixture, but despite that, Winslow flew out of the blocks and with just a minute gone, went ahead through Tony Fields.

Having seized the initiative straight from kick-off, Rob MacDonald fired in a fiercely hit volley that forced an outstanding save from Athletic goalkeeper Andy Hammond, but the ball eventually ended up with Fields stabbing home at the far post.

Drew Mitten then chipped the ball onto the bar after being set up by Liam Gallagher as a dominant Winslow threatened to run riot - and they soon doubled their lead when Gallagher’s effort was turned into the net by a home defender.

Athletic eventually stemmed the tide and gained a foothold in the game as they halved the deficit a minute before half-time when Simon King drove into the penalty area on the left and the referee awarded a penalty for a foul by Fields, with Dave O’Dell stepping up to convert and bring his side back into the game at the interval.

However, Winslow quickly regained control of the game and they restored their two-goal cushion within five minutes of the restart as Hateley Mercer delivered an excellent free kick that was met by Derek Brown, who rose above the home defence and powered a bullet header that gave Hammond in the Athletic goal no chance.

Mercer was then sent off for a second bookable offence after mistimed tackle to give Athletic hope of a comeback, but United held firm to take the bragging rights back to Elmfields Gate for the second time this season.

Things then turned from bad to worse for Athletic, who were thrashed 7-0 by Baldock Town on Easter Monday.