06:00PM, Friday 08 September 2017
MICK Woodham claimed Windsor still have momentum on their side, despite conceding two late goals to draw 4-4 at Brimscombe & Thrupp on Saturday.
The Royalists appeared on course for a third win in the Hellenic Premier Division, thanks to strikes from Kieran Knight, Ramel Sutherland, Andrew Ingram and Jack Denton. But they let their guard down in the final 10 minutes and Brimscombe punished them with Chris Greenough making it 4-3 and Ollie Pitt completing his hat-trick to level things up at the death.
“It’s not the result we wanted or expected to get with 10 minutes to play,” he said.
“But for 80 minutes we did a lot of good things. We suffered from two free-kicks at the end which is very unlike us but there was a lot to be happy about and the momentum is still there.
“We’ve worked hard physically on both sides of our game, defence and attack, but we seem to be getting punished for that.”
Woodham admitted his players decision making went awry in the final minutes, but questioned the referees decision to award Brimscombe two ‘debatable’ free-kicks. But he said Windsor would keep smiling and keep going with the club well placed in seventh after six matches.
“We were a little bit disappointed that we couldn’t see it through,” he said. “Especially when we were having our best spell in the game at the time we conceded the third. We were asking some questions and could have scored a couple more to really ram it home to them.
“But our decision making at both ends let us down at the end, and the decision making of the referee was also debatable. We seem to be getting punished for our physicality.
“On the coach on the way down I told the players we’d have done our jobs if we got an away point, but we had the opportunity to get three points and we couldn’t get over the line.”
Windsor host Devises from Wessex League Division 1 in the FA Vase 1st qualifying round on Saturday before getting back to league action at home against Oxford City Nomads on Tuesday, a side they beat 5-2 earlier in the season.
“They will come to our place for a day out,” said Woodham. “But if we make sure we mirror our performance from Saturday we’ll do ok. We’ve got to look after ourselves.”
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