Reynolds eager to kick-on after Winslow climb out of drop zone

Drew Mitten
Drew Mitten

Winslow United have climbed out of the relegation zone in South Midlands League Division One after stretching their unbeaten run to six games.

On Saturday, United recorded just their fourth win of the season when goals from new signing Mustafa El-Azouzi and Dale Butler earned a 2-1 win over Bush Rill Rangers.

Scott Reynolds said afterwards: “It was a scrappy game but a welcome three points. Nothing has been achieved yet and I appreciate the objectives from day one were to stay up, but accepting the minimum is not what I stand for.

“That said, with the early circumstances and high turnover in players, staying in Division One would be a great achievement. But the remaining 19 games are all about finishing as high up as possible, ideally above the other local sides and laying the foundations for a far more consistent season next year.”

Winslow followed Saturday’s win with a action-packed 4-4 thriller against Wodson Park on Tuesday evening.

In a topsy-turvy match, the scoring was opened as early as the third minute when Butler smashed home a penalty having been fouled, however the visitors hit back within four minutes through Sam Muir.

Winslow responded well and restored their lead when Drew Mitten nodded home, but again the lead was short-lived as Matt Norton’s goal made it 2-2 at half-time.

The second half saw Wodson take the lead for the first time through Muir’s second of the game before Winslow pulled level when Mitchell Day stabbed home Hately Mercer’s free-kick, but Sam Fletcher rose highest from a corner to power the visitors back ahead.

Winslow weren’t done yet though, as Butler rifled an unstoppable volley into the top corner to bring the hosts level.

Though Winslow pushed for a winner, that was to be the last goal of a memorable encounter with both sides left to rue a missed opportunity.

United boss Reynolds said afterwards: “What a game for the neutral! A classic example of two teams showing how to throw away three points.

“Credit where it is due, we had to come from behind to get the fourth goal to ensure we took a point, but had we defended set pieces better, we would have won the game.”

Winslow, who have moved up to 18th in the table, host runaway league leaders Welwyn Garden City at Elmfields Gate this weekend.