10:00AM, Friday 14 September 2018
Windsor will do their homework on tomorrow’s (Saturday) league cup rivals North Leigh, but manager Mick Woodham claims who they play is irrelevant as the team are focused only on bouncing back from Tuesday’s perceived injustice at Holmer Green.
North Leigh will make life difficult for the Royalists but of more importance to Woodham is his side’s reaction to Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat, a result that leaves them seventh in the Hellenic Premier Division. Had they won at Holmer they would have gone second.
Woodham says his side were cruising to victory over Holmer before the match officials upset their rhythm with the sendings off of centre half Victor Ocansey and midfielder Paul Coyne.
Dan Roberts, the scorer of two goals in the impressive 6-3 win at Tuffley Rovers on Saturday, again found the target on Tuesday before being stretchered off, scoring what Woodham thought was a perfectly good second goal.
“We played with nine men on Tuesday,” he said.
“We had 10 men for over an hour and nine men for 40 minutes.
“We’d have won that game with 11 men, there’s no doubt in my mind about that but what can you do with only nine men?
“We scored a good goal through Dan Roberts, then had a second one chalked off for I’m not sure what.
“Dan was stretchered off in the process after getting a ‘welcome to non-league football’ challenge.
“Our centre half Victor (Ocansey) is then sent off following two yellows, the second for simulation in the centre circle, the most innocuous area on the pitch, so that’s hard to understand.
“That decision completely changes the game in their favour.”
It was a night of frustration for the Royalists and, although they’ve had their fair share of ups and downs already this season, Woodham says they’re close to finding the elusive consistency every manager craves.
“Yes we’ve lost some games this season but in between that we’ve done ok,” he said.
“We’ve been in the top five and had we won on Tuesday we’d have gone second. That’s ok, that’s not a poor start to the season.
“Don’t get me wrong there’s plenty still to do.
“We’re trying to get there, trying to deliver a side that will improve on last season.”
North Leigh will no doubt look to upset the apple cart at Windsor tomorrow afternoon but Woodham feels the players should be confident of victory after fine recent displays.
“We don’t know a lot about them,” Woodham said.
“We’ll do our homework that’s for sure but we just want to get back to winning ways so in many ways who we’re playing is irrelevant.
“Our home record has been ok so far and we’ll look to protect that. We’ll be fine.”
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