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Woodham hopes school of hard knocks will strengthen Windsor's resolve for FA Vase clash

Mick Woodham viewed this week’s defeats to Ascot United in the league, and Flackwell Heath in the county cup, with a mixture of pride and disappointment.

The Royalists lost both matches, going down 4-2 away at Ascot United’s Racecourse Ground, before being dumped out of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup on penalty kicks by their league rivals Flackwell on Tuesday.

But Woodham maintains the performances were good and hopes the injustice of losing those matches will strengthen the players’ resolve for tomorrow’s (Saturday) FA Vase clash at Erith Town. The club defeated Erith 2-1 last season, en route to the quarter-finals of the competitions, and Woodham will be hoping that lightning strikes twice.

“I thought that we were the better side against Ascot,” he said this week.

“The best side lost in my opinion.

“Performance-wise it was very good but the result didn’t go our way. We made mistakes and if you do that against a decent side like Ascot you’ll get punished.”

The club are 10th in the table and already 20 points adrift of leaders Brackley Town Saints in the Hellenic Premier Division but, with games in hand, Woodham is confident they can put themselves back in the frame for a top five finish. On Tuesday both sides cancelled each other out to a degree and Flackwell won the lottery of a penalty shoot out 4-3 after the game finished 1-1.

“There’s no doubt about it (we can compete),” he said. “On Tuesday, neither side did enough to win the game. We started like a steam train but weren’t able to finish them off. If it had been a league game both sides would have shaken on a

decent point, but once it goes to penalties anything can happen. We knew these games would be challenging and that’s proved to be the case but our performances have been good. If they’d been too easy I’d have been concerned about Erith.

“But we’ve had two very hard games and learned from them both.”   

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