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Windsor Receive Team Of Month Award - 17 April

Windsor were presented with the February Premier Division Team of The Month Award prior to their game against Flackwell Heath at Stag Meadow last night.

Uhlsport Hellenic League secretary John Ostinelli (pictured left) presented the trophy to Windsor's goal keeper Hugo Sobte and secretary Dan Birchmore.

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Windsor FC Enjoying Themselves - 11 April

Windsor made it four wins on the bounce in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division last Saturday thanks to first-half goals from Kane Fitzgerald and George Gould. writes Rob Stevens @Robs_Sport  in the Windsor Observer.

mick woodham windsor fc manager holding team shirtManager Mick Woodham believes it was straightforward and comfortable for his team, and he argued Windsor have learnt to play at Stag Meadow having completed a hat-trick of victories.

He told the Observer: “It was a really good performance from us and at times we were probably better than against Brackley Town Saints. It was straightforward and comfortable for us. I don't remember Hugo Sobte (keeper) have to make any saves really so we were very dominant and kept a clean sheet. Fairford aren't an easy side to play against but our shape was good and the boys worked hard. We scored the first goal at a very good time and controlled the game after that in fairness. It was a terrific performance at home and we thoroughly deserved the win, so it was the perfect day."

Woodham continued: "We have four wins on the spin and conceded just one goal, and we're finally playing well at home which hasn't always been the case. We've learnt how to perform at home but there's no real pressure on us of sorts. We want to finish as strong as we can but it has been difficult and we've had to work hard in the last month. We're starting to enjoy ourselves, move up the league table and show what a half decent side we can be at times."

Gould, 26, scored his 50th career goal for Windsor last weekend and Woodham believes the midfielder is enjoying is football. He said: "George is having a good season and chipping in with a few goals now, certainly since Christmas. He is getting into the right place at the right time and looks like he's enjoying himself. If he can get into double figures at the end of the season it shows that we're going well."

The win means Windsor remain in seventh position in the league table but now just three points behind Ascot United and with three matches in hand on their rivals. Windsor remain at Stag Meadow for the visit of promotion-chasing Bishops Cleeve this Saturday (3pm), before Flackwell Heath make the journey next Tuesday (7.45pm).

Woodham commented: "Bishops Cleeve have been in the top three or four all season so their consistency is good and they've got players they can turn to when needed. I expect it will be a tough game because they've hot a lotto play for, but there's no pressure on us. All four of our remaining league games will be very difficult and we're under no illusions as to how tough they will be. The challenge for us is to take points from each game and we can do that if we keep on doing what we have been. We will look to keep on improving and get ready for the Bluefin Sport Hellenic Challenge Cup final."


February Was A Good Month - 8 March

Windsor made it four wins on the bounce in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division after a 2-1 victory against Ardley United on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens @Robs_Sport  in the Windsor Observer.

A goal from Andrew Ingram gave the home side a narrow lead heading into the break at Stag Meadow. Ardley equalised through Connor Harris midway through the second half, but Windsor secured all three points when veteran striker Barry Hayles netted with seven minutes remaining.

The win means Windsor are now in ninth position in the league table ahead of a visit to Stag Meadow from bottom side Longlevens on March 16. Windsor manager Mick Woodham told the Observer: “It was a hard-fought win. I told the boys at the end it’s not about how many cards you have in your back pocket when you don’t play well and you can win games. We didn’t play well yet we found a way to win and winning becomes a habit, so the spirit within the group is fantastic. If we have to win ugly by playing poorly then we will take that all day long, so I’m delighted with it really. Ardley were a lively side and scored the goal of the game, so we had to dig one out and credit to the boys really.”

He added: “I’ve been a little bit consistent in saying that when we get a run of fixtures we’re a better side and that’s showing now. That’s why the match being abandoned on Tuesday is disappointing. We have been playing well at times, but when we haven’t we’ve also got results, so we are benefitting from the fixtures being kind to us at the moment. February was a good month for us and we have just got to keep on going because we’ve got targets.”


No More Losses This Season - 22 February

Mick Woodham says the aim for his Windsor team is ‘ not to lose another league game this season’ as his side push for to improve their League standing. Writes Daniel Darlington in the Windsor Express

The Royalists have been in fantastic form of late recording a comprehensive 5-1 win over Abingdon United on Saturday before a narrow 2-1 victory over Reading City on Tuesday night moved the side into 10th in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division.

“The aim is not to lose another league game this season.” Woodham said. “We’ve got a lot to look forward too – if we win our games in hand it will be a truer reflection of where we are. I don’t think we can break into the top four, but I think we can finish around sixth or seventh.”

Windsor showed their resilience on Saturday, coming from behind to record a comfortable victory over Abingdon United – something Woodham was pleased with: “The reaction was really good, I thought it was an even first half – they scored first and we got back on level terms.We went into the break – and relaxed a bit in the second half and took our chances. I had no complaints in the end – we fully deserved the win.”

Daniel Roberts bagged his third hat-trick of the season in that game, and his 21st goal in all competitions, just days after signing for Slough Town – although the pacey forward will remain at Windsor for the remainder of the season, good news for all involved at the club. The Royalists took Saturday’s victory and strong performances into Tuesday night’s clash with Reading City. Kane Fitzgerald’s direct free-kick gave the Royalist the lead heading into the break before Windsor doubled the scoreline in the second half. It was a game they controlled from start to finish, enjoying the lion’s share of possession and chances created but had to hold on as Reading grabbed a late goal.

“We dominated every area better across the pitch.” added Woodham. “But our decision making could have been better. We were comfortable throughout the game and I thought we could have raised it if we had to. But we controlled the game and just let them back into it at the end.”

The Royalists attention now turns firmly to Binfield – who they face twice in the space of three days. The first of their meetings will be in the Hellenic League Premier on Saturday before facing them in the quarter-finals of the Perpetua Floodlit Cup.


buildbase fa vaseWindsor Target Progress In FA Vase - 4 January

Windsor FC are in 'awful' league form but target progress in the Buildbase FA Vase. Manager Mick Woodham is aware that their recent league form has been awful but he has no idea why they have struggled to put points on the board.

He told the Rob Stevens of the Windsor Observer: "We would probably be in the bottom four or five on form and it's a little bit of a concern but every game of football is difficult, whether we're playing for points or cup wins. We've just got to perform a little bit better than what we are at the moment. We're finding league points very hard to come by at the moment but I've no idea why because preparation-wise everything is put in place. I can't put my finger on it at all. It's difficult to predict where we might end up in terms of league position but we've got a lot of football to play at home."

"I keep on saying about the momentum and playing league football on a Saturday would help, but who knows. We've got a lot to do if we want to better last year's position, that's pretty clear even at this early stage."

Windsor turn their attention to the Buildbase FA Vase and a fourth round tie away at AFC Uckfield Town from the Southern Combination Premier Division this Saturday (3pm). Uckfield are in 11th position in the table, below leaders Chichester City who Windsor beat in round two, and Eastbourne Town who Windsor beat in the fourth round last season. Uckfield have won just once in their last four league matches, against bottom side Eastbourne United, and Woodham is hoping that a return to action in the Vase will help inspire his side, who are the only Uhlsport Hellenic League side left in the competition..

He explained: "We're having a little bit of a sticky patch but we will re-group, focus and see where it goes. My only focus now is on the Vase game really. We've just got to focus all our efforts on this coming Saturday. We will see what we can do and then worry about the week after That's another cup game. We've enjoyed the FA Vase so far so will dust ourselves down to see if we can get a little spark going. We will see if the competition challenges the boys rather than the three points on offer for league games. Our league form is going backwards rather than forwards, so we've got to keep on going in the cups and keep the season alive somehow. Our interest has to remain in the cups."


Deserved More - 28 December

Windsor manager Mick Woodham believes his side deserved more from the 2-1 defeat against Virginia Water in the Stag Meadow derby on Boxing Day, writes Rob Stevens in the Windsor Observer.

Windsor conceded a soft first goal before a controversial penalty decision in the first-half of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division clash. The away side then had a penalty saved by Water's keeper Matthew Jones in the second-half, before forward Daniel Roberts was unfortunate to hit the crossbar and post late on.

Woodham told the Observer: "We’re a little bit disappointed to be fair, however we done enough to get something out of the game. I’m not saying we actually did enough to win it as they had a couple of chances towards the end when we were pushing. Perhaps they wouldn’t have had those chances if the scoreline had been different, but I thought we did enough to get something out of the game. We conceded two soft goals really. I’m not sure what the referee saw for the penalty but we didn’t deal with the first set-piece. I thought we were then pretty much on the front foot throughout, but if you don’t take your chances then you find yourselves taking very little from a game."

"Did we get what we deserved? No, but that’s football and it’s disappointing. The penalty was a gift and a golden opportunity to get back into the game, then we can re-set and go again and perhaps it’s a different story, but it wasn’t to be. We’ve also hit the bar, which was another good opportunity inside their six-yard area, plus we hit the post right at the end. I was right behind it and thought it was going in. We are creating chances but are not clinical enough and we’re conceding goals, so it’s difficult."

“Barry (Hayles, coach) thought Hugo Sobte was impeded for the first one but whatever the outcome is we’ve still got to deal with it better than that, particularly as it was their first set-piece. I couldn’t see the penalty from where we were but that’s all they had in the first-half, one set-piece and a penalty. “I thought we deserved a point and can’t ask for too much more. We always want a bit more and one or two could have done a bit more, but on the day we’re a bit frustrated.”

The defeat leaves Windsor in 13th position in the league table ahead of a visit to Stag Meadow from bottom side Tuffley Rovers tomorrow (3pm). Woodham is aware of the need for points to start to climb the table, and he hopes the fixture list in the New Year can help his side build some momentum.

He explained: “I’m pleased to be going again on Saturday and hopefully we can right a few wrongs from Boxing Day, but basically get three points. We need to get some points. It looks like our fixture list in the league is a bit more settled than it was in 2018 when it was very erratic, so hopefully we will get s run of games and get some momentum going. We have been playing cup games all of the time and the bottom line is we need to get some points.”


They Were Fantastic - 3 December

Windsor have reached the last-32 in the Buildbase FA Vase for the second successive season after a 2-1 win at Erith Town on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens in the Royal Borough Observer.

Windsor manager Mick Woodham told the Observer: “When I calm down tomorrow (Sunday) I will probably have the same reaction, I think we deserved it.“For an away performance in the first 45 minutes, I thought we were outstanding. We took the game to them and our shape and game plan worked absolutely fantastic."

“The boys stuck to it and we got a decent goal although there wasn’t many chances available in the first-half for either side.Their set-pieces were a danger but I thought the boys managed that really well throughout the 90 minutes.The warning heading into the second-half was Erith would change a few things around and improve, and they did. They went very direct with the free-kicks and throw-ins straight into the box. When they pulled a goal back you are mindful of what can happen, all our hard work might be undone, but I thought we could’ve nicked a couple of goals to be fair."

“Generally I’ve no complaints or criticism, I’m just proud of the boys and thought they were fantastic from start to finish.”


Work To Do - 23 November

mick woodham windsor uhlsport hellenic leagueWindsor are now unbeaten in seven matches in all competitions this season after a 2-1 win against Moreton Rangers in the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup last Saturday.

Windsor return to action in the Uhlport Hellenic League Premier Division with a short trip to high-flying Ascot United tomorrow.

Ascot were the last team to beat Windsor back in early October, and manager Mick Woodham (pictured) believes his side have work to do in order to turn the tables.

He said in the Royal Borough Observer: "We will have to get our game back on and where our performances were in the five or six matches before last weekend, but it's always nice to play the top sides. We're in a better place now and the personnel are more settled, so we can go there with confidence and see what we can do. We've found a formula that works for us and hopefully that'll be enough, but it's all about tempo and getting our application right before the game."


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