Cooper expects Windsor's game against Ascot United to be 'keenly contested'

Two sides in contrasting form will face each other at Stag Meadow on Saturday afternoon when Windsor host Ascot United in the Combined Counties Premier Division North.

The Yellamen come into the game off the back of six straight victories in all competitions, a run which included a 3-1 victory over Mark Cooper's Windsor in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup last month.

They now know their opponents in the second qualifying round will be Newport Pagnell Town after they cruised to a 5-0 win over Shrivenham this week.

In contrast Windsor are without a win in their last five matches with the Royalists following up their county cup exit with a disappointing 5-1 defeat to Wellingborough Whitworth in the FA Vase; a competition Cooper was hoping to do well in this season.

Windsor also suffered their heaviest defeat of the season on Saturday as they lost 5-0 against St Panteleimon. Their run of form is somewhat perplexing given the Royalists kicked off the season with three straight league wins.

“It’s an important game for both sides and there is always a little bit extra to play for,” said Cooper ahead of this weekend’s local derby.

“It will be a match that is keenly contested. They are on a good run and they will want to keep that going, while we’re looking to overcome a difficult couple of weeks, in which we’ve picked up some poor results, and try and get back to where we need to be.

“The surface will be good, the conditions will be good, so I don’t think home advantage will necessarily play a part, but I think we will be as well prepared as we can be to get the points.”

Windsor have also given injury updates on a few of their key players. Luke Appleton is recovering well from an ankle ligament problem and Cooper is hopeful he'll be available for Windsor's trip to Abbey Rangers on November 6. Luke Paris is still a month away from returning from his ankle ligament injury while George Gould is set for further physiotherapy for his recurring hamstring injury. The club also doesn't expect Taro Chitepo or Tom Hennah to be back with the squad any time soon.

“We’ve had difficulties with injuries all season and it’s obviously taken it’s toll,” Cooper added. “In recent weeks, the back four was all out and then we brought in people to replace them, and they got injured.

“It’s certainly been a tough period for us, but we’ve got to get through it and make sure we get adequate replacements in so that we’re not adversely affected too much for the remainder of the season.”

Ascot are now looking to close the gap to the likes of St Panteleimon and leaders Hanworth Villa, and they do have matches in hand on all of the sides above them.

This weekend's narrow 3-2 victory over North Greenford United lifted the Yellamen to sixth and they'll be keen to extend their winning run to seven matches when they play their close rivals. They go into the game as strong favourites having bolstered their defensive options with the signings of Adam Everiss and Ben Gill.

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