01:30PM, Friday 25 October 2019
Windsor FC bounced back from their 3-2 defeat to Brackley Town Saints at the weekend to record a 1-0 victory over Reading City on a cold evening at The Rivermoor on Monday.
Excellence Mahumba scored the only goal of the game to separate the two sides, and the win has pushed the side up to fifth in the table, two points adrift of second.
Another encouraging display from Dylan Ive, and a hard fought clean sheet, left manager Mark Cooper content that his side is starting to hit all the right notes across the pitch.
“I am absolutely delighted after last night (Monday),” he said. “We put a starting eleven out that we were very pleased with.
“Even though Dylan (Ive) didn’t score or create a goal, it was probably the best we’ve seen him play.
“Ex (Mahumba) was also a real handful and he could have probably scored more than one.
“But our back four look like they are really solid and can be a foundation of our team going forward.”
The Royalists began this year’s campaign struggling to stem the flow of goals against them, but Cooper, a former captain of the club, has used his experience to rectify their problems with new recruits and tactics.
“I’ve been in the job five or six weeks and if you look at the line-up from the match against Reading, there has been a massive improvement to the team,” he said.
“Charlie (Macaskill) has really pushed on and really come alive. I think he was outstanding next to Apples (Luke Appleton). I’d love to see them form a formidable partnership together.
“If we can keep putting out the same backline every week, it will make a big difference.
“We knew it was an area we wanted to strengthen and we believe we’ve done that now.”
Windsor will play a second consecutive away fixture this Saturday, travelling to Sawmills End to face Longlevens AFC for a 3pm kick-off.
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