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Windsor FC building a platform for success ahead of crucial FA Vase tie at Chichester City

Playing back-to-back league matches this week was something of a novelty for Windsor manager Mick Woodham, not that he’ll be complaining after the side claimed two commanding victories.

Woodham has stated all season his young team needs to play regular matches to find their flow and get into a rhythm, and he’ll feel vindicated by this week’s wins at Reading City (3-0) on Saturday and home to Holmer Green (2-0) on Tuesday.

The Royalists were dominant in both and, having won their last three matches with clean sheets, are heading into tomorrow’s (Saturday) FA Vase 2nd round clash at Southern Combination Premier League Chichester City in a rich vein of form.

Chichester lead their division by four points from Horsham YMCA.

They’ll be underdogs for the tie, no doubt, but Wood-ham is hopeful his side can replicate last season’s run to the quarter-finals.

“It’s been a novelty play-ing back-to-back games,” said Woodham. “I’ve always said we needed a run of games to get into a rhythm and find some momentum.

“We’ve won our last three with clean sheets so we’re going in the right direction.

“Reading City are still a strong side and they didn’t have too many missing on Saturday but we were the better side from the start and had an element of control throughout.”

Andy Ingram, Dan Roberts and Eddie Lazarczuk were on target in the win at Reading, while a diving header from Ingram and a wonder strike from Fabio Nunes earned them the points from Tuesday’s clash with Holmer.

“Funnily enough, the win over Holyport (in the league cup two weeks ago) has been the catalyst for us,” added Woodham. “I was able to look at one or two things and the back four were able to get some familiarity with each other.

“There were a lot of positives from it. We’ll use that as a platform to build on ahead of the Chichester game.”

Woodham would like to think Windsor could challenge for promotion, but fears an unbalanced fixture list, which will see the Royalists play nine of their last 11 league games at home – but only turn out once at Stag Meadow in November – might derail them.  

“I’d like to think we could challenge,” he said.

“But we’ve only got one game at home during November. I don’t want to be out of the league picture by December, but with one game at home in the month that might be the case.

“One hundred per cent we’d like to do well in the FA Vase as well. Last season we went to Walton & Hersham and Eastbourne and picked up some good results. We’ll be going to Chichester with a lot of confidence.”

After tomorrow, Windsor visit local rivals Flackwell Heath on Tuesday. 

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