08:29PM, Saturday 12 October 2019
Windsor FC 3, Lydney Town 0
A brace from in-form Excellence Mahumba, and a composed penalty finish from Dylan Ive gave Windsor FC a deserved 3-0 victory against visitors Lydney Town on Saturday.
In a frantic first ten minutes, the ball was pumped high and far from half-to-half as both sides looked to keep it off the wet playing surface with rain pouring down.
Windsor’s game-plan was clear from the start as long balls were sent upfield for Mahumba to chase, the forward unlucky to challenge the away ’keeper Richard Thomas with an early strike that ricocheted off a Lydney defender for a corner.
Down the other end, Lydney Town captain Jordi Sheen registered the first shot on target of the game with a low drive that home ‘keeper Nojus Trinovas was able to collect comfortably.
Charlie Macaskill couldn’t keep his header under the bar after he rose up to meet a whipped free kick and Kingsley Etefia tracked back well, using his pace to his advantage to nullify the Lydney counter attacks and support the Windsor defence.
Lydney’s Lewis Thompson came close with an effort after shifting the ball onto his stronger foot before unleashing a shot that Trinovas was only able to palm away for a corner.
After an intense opening to the match, Windsor were caught catching their breath, fortunate not to concede after the link-up play of Tom Handley, Ross Gabriel and Thompson almost ended in a goal with the latter finishing the move by screwing his shot wide.
Ive had two great chances on the half-hour mark to put the Royalists into the lead. The 19-year-old first had a shot saved by the legs of Thomas before the ball got delivered over to the wing and whipped back into the box for Ive to have his second attempt, a header, saved by the keeper once more.
Two minutes later, Ive looked like making amends by whistling a 20-yard shot just wide of the post. Mahumba then tried to emulate the effort from a similar distance but had his attempt easily caught by Thomas.
The first booking of the game went to Lydney’s Gabriel. The striker was sent through one-on-one and was met halfway by an onrushing Trinovas. Both players lunged for the ball with Gabriel appearing to have his studs slightly raised.
After a cautionary chat with the referee, Gabriel was put into the book and received a yellow, concluding the first half at 0-0.
It took ten minutes into the second half for the scoring to be opened. Mahumba was first to tap in a rebound after Thomas could only push away an initial Windsor shot as far as the forward who just had the empty net to aim for.
After a spell of wayward shots and missed chances from Lydney, Windsor were then awarded a penalty fifteen minutes later, after defender Tom Wright was deemed to have handled the ball in the area.
Ive stepped up and slotted the penalty calmly away past Thomas. The Royalist looked desperate to get his name on the scoresheet all afternoon and made his emotions clear in his celebrations.
With ten minutes to play, Lydney made numerous substitutions in an attempt to find a way back into the game but it was Mahumba again to ensure they wouldn’t.
In a similar situation to Windsor’s first goal, Ive’s shot was parried away as far as Mahumba who tapped the ball in from three yards, to get his second of the afternoon and take his tally to four goals in three appearances for his new club.
The win for Windsor closes the gap on Lydney Town who now just sit a point above the Royalists in sixth place in the Hellenic League Premier.
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