07:14PM, Saturday 11 January 2020
Windsor FC 1, Westfields 1
Windsor FC went toe-to-toe against runaway league leaders Westfields on Saturday at Stag Meadow to earn a worthy 1-1 draw and extend an unbeaten streak to five matches in all competitions.
Bill Montague gifted the Royalists the lead with a fine finish in the 38th minute. But the visitors - who are yet to be beaten this season - equalised from a corner five minutes later from to ensure the points were shared.
Windsor entertained the Fields’ first trip to Stag Meadow in the Hellenic Premier Division and made it no easy task for the visitors to settle. Paul Coyne, who played exceptionally all afternoon, marshalled the field well, using himself as the pivot between defence and attack.
Nojus Trinovas made some confident saves to deny Westfields’ forward Richard Greaves but the hosts were otherwise a solid unit who defended resolutely to secure a point.
Trinovas was first called into action to deny Westfields on 15 minutes when Dan Stoneman fired an effort goalbound that the Windsor keeper was able to parry away. Then, six minutes later, a quick corner caught the hosts off guard and Trinovas reacted quickest to save Greaves’ header from hitting the back of the net.
But despite Westfields’ best efforts, it was Windsor who would break the deadlock. A long free kick just inside Westfields’ half was held up in the air by the wind which made the set piece’s path unpredictable.
On impact the ball was awkwardly dealt with by the Westfields backline and Ian Havard was caught in no man’s land. The loose ball arrived at Montague after several mis-kicks and the number 10 took a touch before smashing home over the Fields’ keeper.
However, joy soon turned to frustration as Ben Hayes levelled the game minutes after through Ollie Butler’s cross to restore parity at the break.
Windsor began the second period with the wind on their backs and Keaton August and Adam McNamara were quick out of the blocks to use it to the hosts advantage. Montague found himself in a good position to receive McNamara’s cross but a poor touch from let the number ten down and Havard was able to collect.
Stoneman was then given the time to hit an audacious effort just outside the box with the strike clanging off the post and the follow up fired well over the bar down the other end. But that was a rare opportunity for Westfields as they struggled to contain Windsor’s well organised defence for the majority of the second half.
As the match entered the final ten minutes, both sides were fired up to go for a smash and grab three points. Fouls began to fly in as a way to bring down any quick counter attack and were responded with raucous screams from both home and away support.
Tomas Kalinauskas was awarded with a free kick just on the edge of the D to set up a nervy finish minutes from the final whistle. But the winger could only see his effort sail past the woodwork and the referee bring an end to the match shortly after.
The draw leaves Windsor in 14th place of the Hellenic Premier Division. Cooper’s men will go again on Tuesday evening when they host Flackwell Heath under the lights for a 7.45pm kick-off.
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