Winslow open account with victory over Kent

Winslow goalscorer Phil Martin
Winslow goalscorer Phil Martin

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Winslow United 2

Winslow go into Saturday’s local derby at Mursley United with a confidence boosting first win of the season under their belts at Kent.

Second half goals from Lee Dawson and skipper Phil Martin secured the three points in the South Midlands Division Two contest.

After a goalless first half in which Winslow had the better of the exchanges, Dawson struck with a volley at the back post in the 67th minute after good work from James Brown.

Martin headed home the winner eight minutes later, United coming away with a clean sheet.

The only downside for Winslow was a head injury suffered by Bobby Cooney in the first session, which will keep him out of action for two weeks.

Striker Ben Lewis, a new signing from Risborough Rangers, had a good game.

After narrowly losing their opening fixture against Risborough, Winslow boss Damien Wiffin was pleased with Saturday’s result.

He said afterwards: “It was a good, solid performance and an improvement on our first game. We played better football in the second half and our goals were well taken. The clean sheet was a big positive too.

“The game at Mursley this weekend will be a tough one as local derbies are always hard fought. Last season we won and drew against them.”

Saturday’s encounter at Mursley kicks off at 3pm.

The following Saturday Winslow entertain Holyport in the FA Vase first qualifying round.

This season Winslow’s three youth sides will come under the umbrella of a Winslow Academy, with the aim of seeing youth players make the transition into senior football in the long term.

Chairman Colin O’Dell said: “This is to emphasise the fact we are trying to get these youth players through the ranks to play in our senior sides and hopefully further up the ladder.”

The first team, whose goal this season is once again promotion, narrowly missed out last term and will be all out to make an impact at the top once again.

> Mursley United lost to Haringey Borough in the League Challenge Trophy last Saturday.. See Page 101 for a report and details of Buckingham Athletic’s progress in Division One.