10:11AM, Thursday 17 October 2019
Kevin Stott, the founding director of Windsor FC, says the Royalists have the objective of being ‘the best step five club in the country’, but added that they also have a 'secret ambition' to get the club into the football league.
The Royalists currently sit seventh in the Hellenic Premier Division, a far cry from where Stott hopes the club will eventually be.
But his side's impressive 3-0 win over Lydney Town at Stag Meadow on Saturday suggests at least the first of those ambitions is not completely without foundation.
The Royalists have had a mixed start to their campaign but, under new manager Mark Cooper, they're once again building solid foundations.
“Without a doubt we want to move up the football pyramid,” said Stott.
“I was talking to the new management team and what we have is a vision – to be the best step five club in the county and the country – but we also have a secret vision.
“There is a chance that we could get ourselves, probably to Division 1 of the football league. I can see how we could work that out.
“We have a plan for that. But certain things have to happen to allow us to do that.
“So it’s not that we lack ambition. It’s just that you have to put the resources in place to fulfil that ambition.”
The Royalists produced an inspired second half performance against Lydney on Saturday, with Excellence Mahumba netting a brace and Dylan Ive scoring from the penalty spot.
After what must have been a motivational team talk from Cooper at half-time, the Royalists evidently increased their tempo and it wasn’t long before Mahumba stamped his mark on the game.
Ive’s strike from inside the box stung the gloves of Lydney keeper Richard Thomas and fell to the feet of the forward whoswept the ball into the empty net.
Twelve minutes later, both teams were reduced to 10 men with Windsor’s George Gould and Lydney’s Keelan Hamblett both seeing red after an altercation.
The Royalists pressed on with 10 men, winning a penalty after Tom Wright was deemed to have handled the ball in the area.
Ive stepped up and dispatched the spot kick past Thomas in a calm manner, less can be said about the ensuing celebrations for the Royalist striker, who looked desperate to score all afternoon.
With 10 minutes left to play, Lydney made numerous substitutions in an attempt to find a route back into the game but Mahumba was on hand once again to ensure they wouldn’t.
The striker found himself in a similar position to that of his first goal and was able to poke a rebound into the back of the net, securing his second of the afternoon and taking his tally to four goals in three appearances.
Solid defending from former player coach Luke Brooks-Smith and Ben Smyth in the game’s final minutes ensured Windsor got over the line with an all-important clean sheet and the points to progress further up the table.
Luke Appleton scored the winning penalty as Windsor beat Virginia Water 4-1 on spot-kicks in the Floodlit Cup on Tuesday night.
Nojus Trinovas - on loan from Slough Town - saved two penalty kicks in the shoot-out. Luke Brooks-Smith scored with a free-kick as the tie finished 1-1 after extra-time.
The Royalists travel to Northamptonshire on Saturday for a league fixture against 11th-placed Brackley Town Saints.
Windsor FC also announced plans last week to install an artificial surface at Stag Meadow.
In a statement released on Twitter the club’s founder Kevin Stott confirmed plans to develop the club’s facilities so it can become the ‘spiritual home’ for both Windsor FC and Windsor FC Youth.
However, he added that the club wouldn’t be able to commit to substantial financial funding without agreeing a long term lease for the ground with The Crown Estate.
Stott said: “We would love to develop Stag Meadow such that both the main pitch and training area are converted to artificial grass, which would then allow Windsor FC Youth’s 40 plus teams to play and train at the ground.
“There’s nothing we can’t achieve together if we are respectful of each other’s unique objectives and challenges, and act with openness and most importantly integrity in applying our collective abilities towards a common goal.”
He continued: “The key thing is to get our equivalent of Brexit done – namely getting a long term lease with The Crown Estate over the line.
“That will then allow Windsor FC to commit to the substantial financial funding and management time investment to facilitate the Stag Meadow redevelopment.”
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