Woodham: Windsor FC players believe they can get to Wembley and win the FA Vase

Windsor learned lessons from defeat to Ascot United last week to beat Erith Town in the FA Vase with an error-free display on Saturday.

The Royalists, who’ve now lost just one of their last eight encounters, won the tie with goals from Robert Lazarczuk and Dan Roberts, and stood up well to a late barrage from their hosts after Steadman Callender scored in the 70th minute.

Manager Mick Woodham admits they hung on during that period, but praised the defensive resilience which took the side through to a fourth round tie at either AFC Uckfield or Sutton Common Rovers on Saturday, January 5. He says the players are confident they can go all the way to Wembley.

“For 65 minutes we were absolutely outstanding,” said Woodham. “We had control of the game and should have maybe scored another before half-time.

“We managed to get the second on the break, but then found out what Erith are all about when they scored.

“We were hanging on a bit at the end but we never bust. They were really strong at the end, everything went into the box, but the boys defended really well. It was a real effort, a great team performance.

“We’d done our homework on Erith and were ready for what they were going to throw at us. Against Ascot United we made mistakes, but we learned from that and put in a mistake-free display on Saturday.” 

Windsor now turn their attention back to the league, where they’ve slipped to 11th but have several games in hand on many of their rivals. Tomorrow (Saturday) they visit Longlevens, a team they lost to twice last season without scoring a goal. After that Royal Wootton Bassett Town will be entertained in the League Cup at Stag Meadow on Tuesday.

Both games are important to Woodham for different reasons.

“We want to be in as many cup competitions as we can be through the Christmas period,” he said. “We want to get back on a run in the league and pick up some points. I’ve got a few players returning from injury niggles who’ll be available to play.

“We’ll also have Uckfield and Sutton watched on Saturday, and we’ll pick the bones from that. There was a lot of disappointing when we went out to Stockton last year but this year we’ve more confidence and belief. Someone’s got to get there (Wembley) and win it and the boys certainly believe they can.”

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