Winslow’s turnaround gathers pace as high-flyers are stunned

Jason Costello bagged a brace for Winslow against Harpenden on Tuesday
Jason Costello bagged a brace for Winslow against Harpenden on Tuesday
  • Promotion-chasing duo stunned by resurgent Winslow
  • Back-to-back wins take United 16th and above local rivals Buckingham Athletic
  • Manager Scott Reynolds targets strong finish ahead of final 12 games

Winslow United continued their impressive resurgence in South Midlands League Division One by clinching two stunning 3-2 away wins at promotion hopefuls Bedford and Harpenden this week.

Having entered the new year rock bottom on just five points, a run of only two defeats in 12 games has seen Winslow rocket up to 16th in the table with 28 points from 28 matches.

“The plan is still to stay in the league, achieve a minimum of 35 points and finish as high up as possible.”

Scott Reynolds

Manager Scott Reynolds is delighted with his side’s turnaround, describing Saturday’s 3-2 victory at Bedford as their “best result of the season”.

The early signs were ominous for Winslow with second-placed Bedford taking a third-minute lead from the penalty spot, but goals from Dale Butler and Juyin Oluwayemi brought Winslow level before a late own goal sealed a sensational three points.

Reynolds said: “What a great day for our club! The game started in the worst possible way but their goal didn’t really have the negative impact that some opening goals have had on my lads this season.

“We knew if we continued to play football on the floor we would create chances and we did. It was a great win – our best as a team this season. Everyone played their part.”

Winslow then backed that up with an equally fine 3-2 victory at another team chasing promotion, Harpenden Town, on Tuesday evening.

Jason Costello nipped in to give his side a slender advantage at the break before Harpenden levelled early in the second half, but Butler restored United’s lead and Costello then bagged his second to wrap up all three points, although the home side did manage a late consolation.

Reynolds added: “Back-to-back away wins against two of the top four – what a statement from a team in our position.

“The lads are really applying themselves and continue to improve as the season goes on.

“It was similar to Saturday – we were physically stronger, more resilient and would not allow the opposition to influence the way we behaved or want to try and play the game.”

Winslow have 12 games of the season remaining, starting this Saturday when they host Langford, with Reynolds targeting a strong finish before looking ahead to next season.

He added: “We now have three home games on the spin.

“First against Langford on Saturday, followed by Baldock Town on Tuesday and Broxbourne Borough next week.

“We face a 12-match run-in with the next challenge being to get as many of the 36 points available as possible.

“We have two games a week for the next six weeks and then our season is concluded, with the summer break to follow before building on the progress made in 2015 right from the start of next year.

“The plan is still to stay in the league, achieve a minimum of 35 points and finish as high up as possible.

“If we can keep this squad and have a solid end to this season, a productive pre-season and a good start next year, then we should be in the right half of the table. All the hard work is paying off!”