Wasteful Winslow made to pay by Hatfield

Jason Castello
Jason Castello

Winslow United boss Scot Reynolds lavished praise on his side after their 1-1 draw with Hatfield Town on Saturday – despite seeing them squander a string of chances to take all three points.

The home side created chance after chances but having taken a lead into half-time and dominated for large periods, their failure to score a second goal proved costly as Hatfield snatched a late equaliser.

Drew Mitten had a number of chances in the first half as he was twice denied by visiting goalkeeper Sam Lacey prior to Jason Castello’s opener before Lacey also thwarted Winslow’s Grant Karwacinski.

The second half saw more of the same with Mitten and Lacey continuing their personal duel while Castello saw a shot cleared off the line as the crucial second goal continued to elude the home side.

It seemed one would be enough but, with just three minutes to go, a mix-up at the back allowed Cameron Leijgrave to tap into an empty net and deny United victory.

Reynolds said: “I’m really pleased with the squad following that display. Hatfield are a decent strong outfit who play some direct stuff, which our young squad stood up to and defended very well.

“We were very dangerous in attack and despite only scoring one, we look like we were going to score every time we went forward.

“We need to work on killing teams off with crucial second and third goals, but as a team we look far more creative than last season and certainly have a presence up front in Drew Mitten and Jason Castello.

“It was a bit of a shame we conceded so late and failed to hold onto the three points, but an uncharacteristic error from both Brad in goal and Freshy at centre-back allowed them to grab a late equaliser.

“Despite being minutes away from back-to-back wins, we must look at it as one point gained rather than two dropped. We had six regulars unavailable, changes all over the pitch with Charlie West and Ollie Golding getting their first senior starts this season.

“If someone would have offered me a point before kick-off, I’d have taken it for sure.”

Winslow are 18th in SSML Division One with four points from six games. They entertain Old Bradwell United in the cup this weekend.