11:00AM, Friday 13 April 2018
Windsor boss Mick Woodham must have thought his side’s season was run, after they exited the Challenge Cup in the semi-finals on Thursday.
He thought the tie, which Windsor lost 2-1 to Bracknell Town, would have a big bearing on the remainder of the season, and that looked to be the case as the side slumped to a 3-1 home defeat to Tuffley Rovers on Saturday. Hopes were not high for Tuesday’s match against Binfield either, but Woodham’s men managed to eke out some spirit, and they came through for a 4-3 win in a dramatic game.
The result, and performance, will have restored some much needed belief ahead of another busy week which saw the side visit Highworth Town yesterday (Thursday), go to Longlevens on Saturday and host rivals Flackwell Heath on Tuesday.
On Thursday last week Windsor briefly led, through Barry Hayles’ seventh minute strike, but the Robins bounced back to win with goals from Jon Bennett and Joe Grant.
“It’s been a strange week,” said Woodham. “We were very good on Thursday, but Bracknell beat us because they were more clinical than us. There’s no real shame in going out to them. On Saturday we were awful and the supporters who paid should have got their money back.
“But last night was a great reaction. I expected Binfield might have been too much for us, and we got a little fortunate with the penalty and sending off, which left them down to 10 men for more than 80 minutes, but we worked really hard, took our chances, and are feeling a bit better about ourselves. The win has restored some belief. As a team we do make mistakes, but we’ve got focus on the good things.”
Jack Denton, Matty Stockhill, Luke Brooks-Smith and Hall all netted against Binfield.
The Royalists should have a skip in their step for the visit of Flackwell on Tuesday.
Marcus Richardson, the Flackwell boss, has said his side are chomping at the bit for the match, and didn’t want the season to end.
It was the exact opposite for Windsor, until Tuesday night, but their win over the Moles might just lift the side for their remaining league matches, with Woodham targeting a top eight finish.
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