FOOTBALL: Winslow United led through a Phil Martin goal but eventually lost 3-1 at home to league leaders Aston Clinton on Saturday.
An injury to United’s prolific striker Martin saw him sidelined after the break and Winslow, despite the brilliance of keeper Paul Bowley, were never the same again as Aston got on top with three goals, two from substitute Tom Brindley following Alex Woodfine’s strike.
The result of the South Midlands Division Two clash left Aston and the 61 FC Luton scrapping it out at the head of affairs for likely promotion honours, with Winslow 18 points adrift of their conquerors.
To stand any chance of promotion, mid-table United need to get back to winning ways quickly and hope their rivals slip up on the run-in.
Winslow dominated the early exchanges on Saturday with Martin looking lively.
On 15 minutes he tried to take the ball forward but was flattened by a defender on the edge of the Aston box, who elbowed him in the face.Only a goal kick was awarded despite protests from around the ground the striker had been fouled.
Winslow’s first real chance came five minutes later when Leo Brooks headed wide from a Nathan Perna cross.
Aston threatened for a short period afterwards, Bowley making two fine saves from free kicks, the second a fingertip effort over the bar to deny Carl Clay.
A minute before half time Winslow took the lead as Martin fired home from 12 yards after good work by Perna.
Lee Watts came on for Martin after the break and not long into the half the visitors began to exert more pressure, Bowley making more good saves. Winslow rallied and James Brown had a chance to put the hosts further ahead but blazed his shot over the bar.
Aston’s pacey attacks, particularly down the left wing, began to increase in number and on 76 minutes as Winslow’s defence became stretched, the ball was fed to Alex Woodfine lurking inside the United box who tapped home the equaliser.
Four minutes later speedy substitute Brindley broke through the defence to slot home for 2-1.
Winslow were struggling to handle Aston’s penetrating attacks and in the 85th minute Brindley sealed victory with another well taken goal.
Winslow United: Bowley, Job, Ainger, Cooney, R.Wiffin, Rumble, L.Brooks, Balls, Perna, Martin, Brown. Subs: Watts, Heywood.
Aston Clinton: Parrack, Batemen, Weirich, Thorne, Tallyn, Schmidt, Clay, Kew, Ward, Woodfine, parsons. Sub: Brindley
Winslow are back in action this Saturday at Pistone & Ivinghoe, who are one place above them in the league table.