10:48AM, Monday 04 February 2019
Biggleswade FC 6, Windsor 1
Windsor’s run in this season’s FA Vase is over after a humbling 6-1 defeat at Biggleswade FC.
After a goalless first half the Royalists were overwhelmed after the interval, conceding six before Matty Stockill slotted home an injury-time penalty.
Mick Woodham’s men were hoping to match last season’s run to the quarter-finals, when they lost 2-0 to Stockton Town.
Windsor travelled to Bedfordshire as underdogs, but having overcome the odds in this competition on plenty of occasions before. They’d already seen off Chichester City (2-0), Erith Town (2-1) and AFC Uckfield (4-1) in this competition and fancied their chances of causing another upset.
However, they met a Biggleswade side going through something of a purple patch. Last week they hammered Cockfosters 9-0 – a club record win. And the goals once again started flowing after the interval on Sunday.
Windsor gave as good as they got for the first hour or so, with Dan Roberts’ seeing a first half header hacked off the line.
They fell behind three minutes after the restart when Ryan Inskip turned home a low cross from the right. The hosts rattled Hugo Sobte’s crossbar a few minutes later before Kieran Knight’s shot on the turn in the area was parried by the Biggleswade keeper.
The home side took a firmer grip on the contest when Inskip swept a glorious, dipping effort in off the inside of the post in the 64th minute. Lee Northfield’s low finish from inside the area made it 3-0 before Alex Marsh scored the goal of the game with a curling effort into the top corner with 10 minutes to play.
Northfield then bagged his second with another clinical finish as Windsor’s shoulders dropped and a sixth followed in the 87th minute when Michael Simpson slid home to convert a deflected free-kick.
There was one crumb of comfort for a deflated Windsor, Stockill’s injury-time penalty which was confidently converted, but the consolation won’t feel anything like that to Woodham and his players who had hoped to put their name in the hat for this week’s quarter-final draw. Windsor were also the last remaining representative of the Hellenic League.
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