Mursley United and Winslow United fought out a scrappy, highly charged derby game which yielded plenty of chances, but no goals to the disappointment of both sets of fans.
In the end a point apiece was just about the right result, but it was a game which both sides will want to put behind them.
Winslow’s best chance in the South Midlands Division Two contest came late in the second half when substitute Max Brooks blasted over when presented with an open goal, while Mursley hit a post early on in the session.
But most of the time last Saturday’s game was marred by a catalogue of mistimed passes, wasted free kicks and poor finishing. The two best players on the pitch were Mursley keeper Adam Garratt and his counterpart, Paul Bowley, who hardly put a foot wrong all afternoon.
Mursley took the game to Winslow in the first half and it was only midway through the session that the visitors began to exert any pressure. Ben Lewis was denied by Garratt when closing in on goal, while bustling midfielder Simon King hit a free kick just wide of the posts after Steve Mooney’s foul. King was later yellow carded for a challenge. For Mursley, Ricky Foster went close with an effort.
In the second half, Winslow brought off Chris Doherty and Lee Dawson came on. It was Mursley who started the brighter and after two minutes Robin Tucker headed against the posts from Foster’s cross, a let-off for Winslow.
Winslow clawed their way back. Phil Martin went on a run and was in a good position to fire home when his shot was blocked by a posse of defenders scurrying to close him down.
Then Dawson almost connected with a good Lewis cross into the Mursley box.
Both sides threw on substitutes in a bid to get something out of the game, Max Brooks and Craig Rumble coming on for Winslow, Daniel Bryant, Paul Hollingsworth and Ed Mills for Mursley.
Fifteen minutes from time Brooks was clean through on goal but blasted over the bar when having only Garratt to beat. Mursley saw another chance go begging too -Liam Medlyn’s soft free kick from 20 yards going straight into keeper Bowley’s hands. Winslow were reduced to 10 men a few minutes from time when Sam Ball’s challenge on Kevin Goodluck saw him receive a red card.
Mursley United: Garratt, Goodluck, Proctor, Tucker, Collard, Mooney, Griffiths, Folland, Brill, Medlyn, Foster. Subs used: Bryant, Hollingsworth, Mills.
Winslow United: Bowley, Tarrant, Ainger, Doherty, Wiffin, Butler, King, Balls, Lewis, Martin, Brown: Subs used: Dawson, Rumble, M.Brooks.
Winslow host Holyport in the FA Vase first qualifying round this Saturday, kick off 3pm, while Mursley entertain Pitstone & Ivinghoe, kick-off 3pm.