Winslow United moved off the bottom of South Midlands League Division One after a 1-1 draw with Southall on Wednesday evening.
United had the better of the first half and with a new frontline of Mustafa El-Azouzi and the returning Drew Mitten, the visitors had enough chances to take all three points, but instead they were indebted to Jason Costello, who stabbed home an 87th minute equaliser to earn a crucial draw that extends Winslow’s unbeaten run to four games.
Afterwards, manager Scott Reynolds said: “ I’m delighted with the point, but it could very easily have been more.
“We started the game very well , to be honest first half there was only side who looked like scoring.
“Drew and Mus looked very lively upfront, they got great support from Jason and Dale down the flanks, and all four had good chances, but a couple of smart saves from the home keeper and a few missed opportunities meant we went in level.
“Unfortunately, our discipline and standards were poor at the beginning of second half and that allowed Southall to get on top and build some momentum.
“A stupid foul lead to a free-kick which Tom Weymes saved well, but the corner was whipped in and half cleared for the original corner taker to hit a cross-cum-shot which flew in off the far post to give them the lead.
“This kickstarted the lads who got their heads back on the task and took the game to the home side.
“Drew had a goal disallowed for offside and the keeper made a decent stop again from Mus’ left-footed strike.
“With five minutes left, I took a gamble and went three at the back. This gave us an extra man going forward in Juyin Oluwayemi, who came on from the bench to create havoc and force us a corner from with our skipper Jason Costello tapped in at the back post to earn the draw and ensure we remain unbeaten in the calendar year.”
Winslow host Bush Hill Rangers this weekend.