Winslow beaten by Crawley after announcing Luton link

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Winslow United suffered back-to-back league defeats after losing 2-0 at fifth-placed Crawley Green on Wednesday evening in SSML Division One.

United striker Claude Seanla, who’s been in terrific goalscoring form since joining the club, was available again as Winslow looked to continue their climb away from relegation trouble.

The visitors started well with Drew Mitten’s 25-yard strike forcing a top save from the home goalkeeper.

Mitten then struck a free kick against the underside of the crossbar on the half hour-mark, which Seanla was on hand to head home the rebound but the goal was chalked off for offside.

Despite their pressure though, Winslow fell behind on 37 minutes before the home goalkeeper produced another fine save to deny Vinny Shrieves.

In a largely uneventful second half, Crawley secured victory thanks to a second goal as Winslow were unable to break the home defence.

United remain 16th in Division One and face a home encounter with Southall this weekend.

Meanwhile, earlier in the week, Winslow United announced that the club has forged a formal link with BConference outfit Luton Town.

The partnership will benefit and aid the long-term development of both clubs with Luton rated as the most successful club outside of the Premier League in terms of producing players in the top flight – eight graduates from their youth programme are playing in the Premier League.

Winslow United Chairman Colin O’Dell said: “This represents a fantastic opportunity for our club to reach its next stage of development.

“We can offer a structure which will benefit the community and will provide a great opportunity for junior players to progress.”

Luton will be using the Elmfields Gate club for games on a Wednesday afternoon while Winslow will have a clear pathway for talented youngsters to be spotted and fulfil their potential with opportunities to make their way in the professional game.