SOUTH Midlands Division Two rivals Winslow United and Mursley are set to meet this Saturday at Elmfields Gate after putting in some solid performances over the Easter period.
Mursley remain second in the table after a fine 1-1 home draw against leaders Aston Clinton on Saturday, while Winslow sit sixth after a 4-2 success at Pitstone and Ivinghoe also on Saturday and a 2-2 draw at MK Wanderers on Monday. Promotion is still a possibility for a clutch of clubs in the top six, with Aston Clinton almost certain to take the title.
Against Wanderers, a late Ryan Wiffin goal bagged a draw for Winslow. Akin Iluyemi put the hosts ahead on nine minutes, with James Brown levelling for Winslow on the half-hour. Tariq Kotey broke the second half deadlock with a 90th minute strike for MK, but Wiffin saved the day with his goal just before the final whistle.
At Pitstone a solid second half display of attacking football from Winslow gained them the three points. Paul Dearlove put United ahead in the 45th minute, with Alec Bell replying for Pitstone three minutes later. Winslow stepped up a gear and fired three goals in a 25-minute spell via Lee Brookes, Nathan Perna and Phil Martin to seal the win. Alex Groom netted late on for the hosts.
Against Clinton, Mursley took to the field for the first time in four weeks. The recent lay-off showed as they struggled to string their passes together early on and the visitors had the first chance which was well turned away by Ben Donaldson in the Mursley goal.
However, after about 20 minutes, the hosts’ rhythm returned and they were able to fashion some chances. One fell to Ricky Foster and a couple to James Griffiths, but neither were able to find the net.
Goalless at half-time, Mursley continued to play well, but were caught out just after the hour as the visitors counter attacked and, from the subsequent cross, Brindley was on hand to score. By this time, Steve Mooney had been withdrawn with a recurrence of a hamstring injury and had been replaced by Mitchell Tofts.
Foster had a further opportunity as he got away from the defence, but the ball caught between his feet and he was unable to complete an effort on goal.
Chris Brodrick and Paul Parkinson came on and Mursley set up with three at the back and three up front as they searched for the equaliser. Robin Tucker was denied by Jenkins in the visitors’ goal from a corner as Mursley pressure mounted and they were rewarded in the final minute as a diagonal ball from Brodrick was met on the volley by Foster and his shot arrowed into the top corner of the goal.
The derby between Winslow and Mursley kicks off at 3pm.