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'We need to strike the right balance' says Windsor FC boss Cooper

Windsor FC boss Mark Cooper has said that experience and a tireless work ethic is the priority for his team as they look to turn around their fortunes.

The former club captain-turned-manager is aiming to rise up the Hellenic Premier Division with the Royalists who have picked up just one win from six games so far.

Holding on to a lead has been Windsor’s downfall in early season with their most recent match ending in a 3-3 draw against Tuffley Rovers (Sept 7), despite the Royalists going 3-1 up at one stage.

Windsor have also shipped 16 goals in their first handful of league fixtures but Cooper insists he is happy with the Royalists’ backline, a position he was once employed in during his playing days.

“One of our positions we’re quite strong with is we have some good centre-halves. Charlie (Macaskill) is currently injured, but what I’ve seen of Charlie and Luke (Appleton) is that we’re very strong in that area on the basis that everyone is fit.”

With a largely young squad at his disposal, Cooper admits experience is needed for the team to push forward and challenge those higher in the table.

“We have a really decent group and the atmosphere around the place is good," he said.

"The squad consists of a lot of young players and we probably need to change the balance of that just slightly.

“We’re very top heavy with young players. We need to get more of a balance in terms of experience.

“We won’t rest until we feel that we’ve got the right personnel and the right squad, and the right blend of people to go forward.”

Windsor won their first competitive match of Cooper’s reign on Tuesday, beating Thame Rangers 5-0 at home in the Floodlit Cup.

Dylan Ive netted four of their goals. Ryan Debatista adding the other.

Windsor FC u18s bowed out of the FA Youth Cup after a 3-2 defeat to Bedfont Sports on Tuesday. Lewis Corney and an own goal had put them ahead but Bedfont fought back to win the tie.

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