MICK WOODHAM believes that Windsor did not deserve to lose their first-ever fixture in the Hellenic Premier Division on Saturday.

A Shayne Bradley goal in the second-half was enough for Tuffley Rovers to beat the league debutants 1-0 at Glevum Park.

Although the home side had Shayne Anson sent off late in the game, Windsor could not find a way through to equalise for what Woodham argues would have been a deserved point.

The Windsor boss told the Observer: “It was a defeat but not one that I felt was deserved. We deserved to take something from the game. We didn’t do enough to win but neither did they in fairness.

“With five minutes to play, I expect us to look after what we’ve got because an away point is a good point.

“It’s a bit of a shame because I can’t fault the boys for their approach and application, and what we did out of possession was very good.

“If I were to be critical of the players, we didn’t test their keeper enough when we did have the ball.

“The performance was unrecognisable in every aspect in comparison to Wembley the week before. I can’t fault the boys, they were spot on, but we just didn’t take our chances when we should have done.

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PHOTO: Luke Brooks-Smith went close on a couple of occasions but could not find the target on Saturday.

“When you’re scoring goals you can afford to make one or two errors or poor decisions, but you’ve got to take your chances first.

“Tuffley had a man sent off and we had their backs against the wall in the last 10 minutes, asking questions and pushing, and we should have kept the pressure on.

“But, in the end, they found a way through and took it, and we just didn’t get what we deserved.”

Windsor were without Riccardo Cannon, Emmanoyil Goganos and captain Kieran Knight for the trip to Tuffley, so Woodham drafted in his son Elliott, plus Billy Oram to fill the gaps.

Windsor started brightly and had the best chance of the first half when an Oram cross into the box evaded everyone and clipped the top of the crossbar.

Tuffley broke the deadlock with two minutes left on the clock as striker Bradley was left one-on-one with Hugo Sobte and slotted the ball past the Windsor keeper.

The hosts were reduced to 10-men moments later when Anson, who had earlier been cautioned by referee Kevin Bungay for dissent, was shown a straight red card for a foul on Nadir Shafi.

Windsor continue their search for a first win this season with trips to Royal Wotton Bassett this Saturday (3pm) and then Oxford City Nomads next Tuesday (7.45pm).

Looking ahead to Royal Wotton Bassett, Woodham said: “To be honest, we didn’t know a single thing about them until after we spoke with a few people at training on Thursday.

“We know they are well established in the Hellenic League and they’re at home, so will be no different to anyone else. They will be a good footballing side and we will have to be prepared , take the good bits from Saturday and find a way to score goals.”

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