Reynolds upbeat after Winslow stop the rot

Joey Acheampong. Picture by Jake McNulty
Joey Acheampong. Picture by Jake McNulty

Scott Reynolds wants his side to “build on the positives” after Winslow United stopped the rot with a 1-1 draw against fifth-placed Wodson Park this week.

United had lost their previous four league games coming into this one – their last win coming on December 5 – but they went into half-time ahead after Dan Bevis’ corner somehow found its way into the net.

The Ploughmen had chances to be further ahead, too, with Omololu Onabolu and Ollie Holding both going close but Wodson hit back nine minutes into the second half when Jordan Halls latched onto a through ball and fired past home keeper George Zammit.

Both sides saw chances to take three points come and go as the spoils were shared with the draw leaving Winslow 15th with 21 points from 21 games in South Midlands Division One.

“A very good point for us,” said manager Reynolds afterwards. “To be fair the lads were disappointed that they didn’t get all three as we certainly had the better chances, even though we had to play the last 15 minutes or so with ten players.

“We do need to start winning, but we stopped the recent run of defeats and can now look to build on the positives and look forward to two more home games against sides we have already beaten this season.

“Goalkeeper George Zammit was confident under his crossbar and quick off his line, which gave our back four confidence.

“Defensively we were very close to that perfect display and a clean sheet, but considering the state of the pitch second half and pressure we were under early doors the lads did well to keep the opposition to one.

“I felt Bevis, Bosh and Grant (Karwacinski) had good games in midfield again on a heavy playing surface we tried to get the ball down when possible.

“Ollie and (Michael) Reed worked tremendously hard down the wings while Joey gave us a target up top and had a couple of good chances.”

The one big frustration for Reynolds was the straight red card brandished to Juyin Oluwayemi, who was sent off on 73 minutes after clashing with Wodson’s Pablo Ardiles.

He added: “The one disappointment was the red card. Juyin (Oluwayemi) hasn’t cost us the game, as we were at 1-1, but it did make it more difficult than needed and has cost himself a hefty fine and a three match ban for getting involved in something unnecessarily.”

Winslow play twice over the next week, first they host Codicote this Saturday before visiting Southall next Wednesday.

Reynolds continued: “Now onto two training sessions in the week and hopefully some consistency with regards to availability and performance levels for this weekend.”