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Woodham admits Windsor's preparations haven't been ideal for FA Vase clash at AFC Uckfield

Mick Woodham admits Windsor’s 2-1 defeat to Virginia Water on Boxing Day, and the turgid 1-1 draw with Tuffley Rovers on Saturday haven’t been ideal preparations for tomorrow’s (Saturday) crucial FA Vase clash at AFC Uckfield.

But he’s backing his young squad to once again rise to the occasion in this competition.

The Royalists have taken their eye off the ball in the Hellenic Premier Division, and Woodham blames the sporadic nature of the fixture list for that, with players now turning their attentions to cup competitions this season.

Matty Stockill is suspended for tomorrow’s trip to the Southern Combination Premier Division side who raised eyebrows with their surprise 5-2 dismantling of Sutton Common Rovers in the last round.

Uckfield have been one of the competition’s surprise packages this season, having never before made it past the qualifying rounds. They’ve beaten five teams to reach this stage whereas Windsor have only had to see off Chichester City (2-0) and Erith Town (2-1), both away from home.

“I’m a manager who wants to win every game so it’s not been a great period for me,” said Woodham.

”Saturday was poor, on the back of the defeat to Virginia Water so our preparations have hardly been ideal.

“We’ve dried up a little in front of goal which isn’t ideal, but we’ll start again at training and make sure we’re ready to go again on Saturday.

“The league games are coming too infrequently which means the boys are focusing on the cups.

“The boys seem to save their best for the Vase so hopefully that’s the case. For whatever reason it hasn’t worked out for us in our last couple of league matches but I’m sure it will on Saturday.

“We’ll be doing everything we can to make it through to the next round but know that big improvements need to be made.

“Uckfield were underdogs when they played Sutton Common Rovers but came out of that game with flying colours. We’ve had some film of their game from Boxing Day sent to us but this is a tough one to call. It’s a 50/50 match.”

Goals and chances have dried up for Windsor in recent matches and one win from their past five league matches has seen the side slip to 14th in the table.

George Gould scored their only goal in the tenants vs landlords derby defeat on Boxing Day, and the same player netted the host’s 89th minute leveller against Tuffley.


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