Bamber targets top six as Winslow continue good form

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Winslow United head coach, Christian Bamber, says the squad is starting to look like a top six side after they picked up their third victory in eight days last weekend.

The 4-1 win over Harpenden Town lifts Winslow to eighth in Division One and maintains their impressive run of form that has seen them win four of their last five matches.

It signals a dramatic turnaround in fortunes for the club having battled relegation for much of last season, and Bamber was full of praise for manager Perry Mercer.

He said: “Perry has worked non-stop and has brought the club up to speed very quickly when he could have walked away from it all last season when we were struggling each week, but credit to him, Peter Boyce and the management.

“We also knew we had to bring in players with more quality and have had arrivals from Newport Pagnell Town, Bedford Town and Buckingham Town, but also one of the main factors is to have a number of 17 to 21-year-olds in the squad, which is helping their own development and keeping the squad young and fresh.

“Our new sponsors have helped us with new kits, training kits and sponsor boards around the ground, and the pre-season work by John Spence, Andy Setterfield, the chairman, Dave Ward, and especially Peter Boyce has helped us work on some slight ground improvements.

“We all stuck at it and the squad and club are in a far better position than last season and we are now looking up instead of down. The squad is starting to look like a top six team that can go even further in the next season or so.

“We want to be one of the best clubs, if not the best club, in and around Milton Keynes.”

Winslow made a flying start against Harpenden and took the lead when good work from Ash Farmer resulted in a visiting player putting the ball into his own net.

Harpenden quickly levelled but United regained the lead through a stunning Claude Seanla volley before goals from Farmer and Drew Mitten sealed all three points.