09:29AM, Wednesday 08 January 2020
Windsor FC boss Mark Cooper praised his players’ first class application’ after watching them concede a last minute equaliser in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Ardley United.
The Royalists were on the verge of claiming all three points, and a second league win on the spin in the Hellenic Premier Division after Tomas Kalinauskas, Danny Horscroft and Samir Bajja had fired them into a 3-2 lead in the second half.
But, although Bajja left it late to score the third, Ardley scored even later when Owen Jones bagged a 91st minute equaliser. Their other two goals came from Alexander Wheeler.
The result leaves Cooper’s men in 13th place, level on points with Flackwell Heath, Tuffley Rovers and Virginia Water – who they beat 2-0 on Boxing Day.
But Cooper is beginning to assemble a squad he believes is capable of challenging for points week in and week out, and one that will start climbing the table in 2020.
“The performance was good on a terrible pitch,” said the boss.
“It’s probably the worst pitch we’ve played on all season and we’ve evolved into a side that likes to get the ball down and play football.
“We scored some good goals but sometimes you don’t get what you deserve and we didn’t on Saturday.
“Naturally, we were disappointed. We scored late but they scored even later.
“But, equally, the boys’ application was first class and we’re really positive about the second half of the season.”
This Saturday the Royalists host leaders Westfields on Saturday, who have dropped only six points all season. It’ll be a huge task against a side who are starting to run away from their challengers at the top of the table.
“I’m pleased with how the squad is shaping up,” said Cooper.
“We’ve used 49 players this season but it’s taken me three months to put together a squad that we can work with going forward and we’re not far away from that now.
“The aim is to improve. We see these next 18 games as a test to see how many points we can get on the back 18 compared to the front 18.”
He added: “Westfield are top of the table and they come to us full of confidence.
“They’re miles ahead of anyone else, have dropped just six points all season and have a goal difference of 47 so it’s going to be very tough.
“But they’re coming to our place and we’ll do everything we can to get something from the game.”
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