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Late drama as Windsor FC are held by Virginia Water at Stag Meadow

Windsor nearly snatched a superb Hellenic League Premier Division win against Virginia Water on Monday but fell to an equaliser two minutes from time.

A brace from Andy Ingram and a late penalty from player-manager Luke Brooks-Smith looked to have done enough to nudge the Royalists past their opponent’s two goals towards all three points.

Despite conceding an equaliser in the third minute of injury time, Brooks-Smith was not too disheartened.

“Overall, it was a fair result,” he said.

“However, when you are that close to winning you feel disappointed you could not quite hold on.”

But he takes encouragement from how the team responded after a bad opening 45 minutes.

“First half, I thought all of us were poor,” he admitted.

“It was the first time this year I thought we put in a poor performance.

“We were second to most balls.”

Virginia Water’s Scott Jackson opened the scoring but Windsor came out much improved after a half-time team talk.

“The biggest positive for me was when we addressed it at half time we saw an immediate reaction,” Brooks-Smith said.

Windsor equalised less than 10 minutes after the restart, with the Royalists winning the ball in midfield.

It fell to Ingram on the edge of the area who duly curled one into the top corner.

Five minutes later Ingram scored again to give Windsor the lead, slotting home from the six yard box from a low cross from the left wing.

Virginia Water equalised in the 64th minute through Adam McNamara before Windsor were awarded a penalty with five minutes left to go.

Brooks-Smith did not see the incident which gave his side the spot kick but he found the net in a moment that seemed to have secured three points.

But with three minutes of added time played, Virginia Water were given a penalty of their own and Joel Drew converted to share the spoils.

Windsor next taken on Ardley United at home in the league on Tuesday, September 3.

“That will be a tough game,” Brooks-Smith said.

“Tuesday nights always seem to have an extra spice about them.”

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