Winslow hit five but Athletic suffer seventh defeat

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Winslow United continued their strong start to the season with a 5-1 hammering over Kentish Town in SSML Division One at the weekend.

Perry Mercer’s side remain 11th despite the win, but his side have played the fewest games in the division with up to four games in hand over several teams above them.

Against Kentish Town on Saturday, Winslow began on top and took nine minutes to open the scoring when Claude Seanla, who returned to the club last week, scored from Drew Mitten’s pass.

A comedy of errors allowed Kentish to equalise seven minutes later, but Winslow remained the better side and went back in front through George Shrieves, who smashed into the top corner to give the hosts a deserved lead before Drew Mitten scored a third on the stroke of half time following good work from Seanla.

Winslow remained on top at the start of the second half, and added a fourth when Robbie MacDonald netted his first for the club.

Mitten scored his second 10 minutes later as the hosts threatened to rack up double figures but a combination of wayward finishing and good goalkeeping kept it at 5-1 until full time.

Winslow are at home again this weekend when they entertain league leaders Sun Postal Sports.

Winslow’s local rivals Buckingham Athletic, however, continued their shaky run of form with a seventh loss of the season at home to Risborough Rangers on Tuesday evening.

In their first SSML match in almost a month, Athletic got off to the worst possible start when Ashley Beswick was fouled in the penalty area and Shrimpton duly converted from 12 yards.

With Rangers ahead at the break, the home side, who were without top scorer Phil Martin, started the second period well and seemed to gain a foothold in the game before goals from Ollie Battams and Laurence Clark ended any hope despite Dave O’Dell scoring a late penalty.

Athletic, who resume their league programme next weekend away to Wodson Park, are down to 14th in SSML Division One.