Windsor urged not to take their foot off the pedal against Highworth Town
Windsor players have been told that this weekend’s FA Vase fixture against Highworth Town is no time to take their foot off the pedal.
The Royalists returned to the pitch on Tuesday night after a 10-day break and managed to beat Westfield 2-1 away with goals from Kyle Lucas and Aaron Minhas.
Victory takes the side to within six points of leaders Cove in the Combined Counties Premier Division, with a game in hand, and stretches their unbeaten run to 11 matches in all competitions.
They’ve also tightened up at the back from the team which shipped more than 80 goals
last term, keeping clean sheets in four of their last five matches.
“Historically we haven’t been great after returning from breaks,” said Woodham.
“We started slowly and that followed through the whole game really. But the players stuck to their jobs and had no fancy plans.
“We kept going forward and asking questions and in the end it worked out for us.”
Woodham said his players executed the ugly side of the game very well.
“We’re playing better up the pitch, and that’s taking the pressure off our defence a bit so they can play with a bit more composure,” he said.
“The front three are our first line of defence. We’re much more solid than last year when it was like basketball in many of our matches.
“A big part of our game this season is our goals against tally.
“We’ve kept four clean sheets in five and last night we only conceded one.”
A couple of poor results would see Windsor plunge back into the chasing pack, warned Woodham.
“The league can change very quickly,” he said.
“A couple of defeats would put us back into the chasing pack, but at the moment confidence is high and we’re going in the right direction.
“On Saturday I expect us to win, and it doesn’t matter what the title of the competition is. And the players know that.
“This is no time for us to take our foot off the pedal.”
Woodham added that having the Reserve team playing in the East Berkshire League Premier Division was a great vehicle for players to get competitive minutes under their belts so they can do themselves justice in the Combined Counties Premier Division side.
Hellenic Premier Division Highworth Town visit the Royalists in the FA Vase at StagMeadow tomorrow (Saturday).