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When the dust settles Windsor FC will reflect with pride on FA Vase journey

The scoreline was an ugly one but when the dust settles on Windsor’s exit from the FA Vase at the hands of Biggleswade FC on Sunday, manager Mick Woodham will look back on another fine campaign in the competition.

The Royalists boss had no complaints about his side’s 6-1 defeat to Biggleswade and admitted his side had been hanging on before the first of six goals was swept beyond Hugo Sobte in the second half.

A late penalty from Matty Stockill at least gave Windsor’s fans something to celebrate, but they’ll know their side was outplayed from first to last on Sunday.

“I didn’t think we’d get slapped like that, but we did,” Woodham said.

“It was 0-0 but in truth we were hanging on by our fingertips before half-time. They had so much pressure and we found it very difficult to clear our lines. But Dan Roberts had a chance just before half-time that he put over the bar and that might have changed things for us.

“At 2-0 down we didn’t manage the game very well. It became 6-0 very quickly. Four goals were scored in half an hour and it became very ugly.

“But what a good side they are. Apart from Maidenhead and Slough in pre-season I can’t remember a side putting us under that much pressure.”

In the raw aftermath of the defeat, Woodham was critical of his side’s performance, but, on reflection, he admits they’d probably taken the club as far as it could go in the competition.

“I said a couple of things on Sunday because I was disappointed but we were beaten by a very good side,” he said.

“We did well to beat Chichester, Erith Town and Uckfield in this competition and when the dust settles a bit we’ll look back and see that we’ve overachieved again. The combination of the ugly scoreline and the fact it was a national competition made it a disappointment.”

Windsor were back in cup action on Tuesday, travelling to Lydney Town in the Floodlit Cup for a match they won 3-1.

Dan Roberts (two) and the evergreen Barry Hayles were their scorers. Any fan making the trip to Gloucestershire was treated to a free burger and a beer on the club in gratitude for their continuing support.

Windsor don’t have a Hellenic Premier Division league game tomorrow (Sat) – they’ve only played two league matches on a Saturday since November 30th – but are back in action at home to Binfield on Tuesday (February 12).

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