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Cooper insists Windsor FC still have the pulling power to bring in new players

Windsor boss Mark Cooper claims the club does have pulling power but admits it’s a challenge bringing in new players mid-season when they’re committed to other clubs.

The Royalists haven’t played a competitive match since November 19, when Burnham beat them 2-1 at Stag Meadow.

And Cooper has been using the time to try and recruit new players and work on the squad’s playing style and defensive organisation.

After a promising start to his tenure as boss, the club’s form has spiralled of late – and their lack of recent games means they sit 14th in the table ahead of Saturday’s home game against Tuffley Rovers.

Their fine form earlier in the season was spearheaded by the on-loan striker Excellence Mahumba, but the goals have dried up since his return to parent club Harrow Borough.

“We’re leaving no stone unturned in attempts to get things right,” said Cooper this week. “These past few weeks we’ve worked on our defensive shape and organisation. The atmosphere of the group is really good. We’re delighted with them and they’re all working hard for each other.

“The break has enabled us to try and resolve some of the areas where we were short on personnel but it’s not been easy.

“Getting good players in mid-season is not easy and we’re res-tricted as a club in what we can do.

“But, because of our name and the facilities we have here, we do have pulling power.

“Players do want to play for Windsor. It’s just getting them to come here when they’re committed to other clubs, it just doesn’t equate. We’ll use our contacts to bring in loan players but we want our own players, who’ll add to the dressing room and build relationships with their teammates. But finding a quick fix is difficult.”

Windsor played a friendly against Yateley United on Saturday, winning 4-1 at Stag Meadow, and it proved a useful run-out for some of those looking to impress.

“We needed it because we haven’t had a lot of competitive football recently,” he said.

“One or two of the players we were looking at impressed and took their chance.”

Windsor also host Burnham in the Floodlit Cup on Tuesday night, having lost three times to the Blues in league and cup this season.

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Striker Robert Lazarczuk, who has made more than 200 appearances for the club, is leaving this weekend to move and live in Spain.

Lazarczuk netted 84 goals for the Royalists, with his most prolific campaign coming in the 2014-15 season when he netted 30 goals.

Director of football Kevin Stott, manager Mark Cooper and the rest of the players and volunteer staff thanked him for ‘everything he’s done for the club’.

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