Complacency and lack of composure blamed for Windsor FC's FA cup exit

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Mark Cooper bemoaned Windsor FC’s complacency and lack of composure after they were elbowed out of the FA Cup, 3-2, by Tuffley Rovers on Sunday.

At Glevum Park, the Royalists had taken a 1-0 advantage into the break thanks to Charlie Jaggers’ sweetly struck free kick just before the half-hour mark.

However, Josh Swales was able to level affairs from a set piece of his own when his corner kick flew into the back of the net – assisted predominantly by the strong winds – in the 56th minute.

Summer signing Eric Sowolona got the Royalists back in front just a minute later, but Dom Kent was able to restore parity for the Rovers following some good attacking pressure.

Aaron Basford wrapped up the afternoon’s scoring in the 68th minute, with the hosts able to suppress Cooper’s men for the final 20 minutes to book their place in the competition’s next round.

“It was very frustrating,” said Cooper. “We had lots and lots of chances but were denied by a mixture of hitting the woodwork and some outstanding saves by their ‘keeper.

“We went in at 1-0 – Charlie Jaggers scoring a free kick which was wonderfully taken from 25 yards – and we knew we had to do a professional job in the second half to win the game.

“But the storm after the break certainly didn’t help. The wind was against us, and one of their corners went straight in while it was torrential.

“We got back in front quite quickly after that goal but just didn’t learn our lessons, and paid the price.

“I believe we could’ve been out of sight with two or three goals but our defeat really came down to some sloppy defending.

“Both of our usual centre halves are injured, so we certainly think that if those boys were playing, we would’ve won the game.

“However, injuries are part and parcel of football, and you have to adapt it. Unfortunately, we didn’t.”

Windsor FC kicked off their Combined Counties league campaign with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Reading City at Stag Meadow on Tuesday night.

Lindell Stewart scored a hat-trick and Charlie Lossasso was on the scoresheet for the Royalists, while Mitch Parker (two) and Jemel Johnson scored for City.

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