ASHLEY Smith believes that Windsor have got nothing to lose in the FA Vase having reached the third round proper this season.

Windsor beat Erith Town 2-1 at Oakwood on Sunday to take their place in the last 32 of the competition and bank another £900 from the FA prize fund.

The win was a ninth consecutive victory in all competitions for Windsor and Smith explained there is real confidence within the squad at the moment.

Speaking to the Observer, the player-coach said: “We had Erith watched and knew how they would set up and from start to finish I thought we dealt with what they had to throw at us.

WATCH: Windsor player-coach Ashley Smith reacts to the 2-1 win against Erith Town in the FA Vase.

“We came into the game and had our own strengths from the counter-attack so we’re really pleased with the outcome.

“Confidence was high because we came into it on the back of eight straight wins We recognised that we have not played well in some of those games but we’ve got the momentum going now.

“We’ve got confidence and a winning mentality, not an arrogance, within the group.

“Even when we’ve made changes it’s evident that the boys coming in are confident, which is key for a run, so we’re really pleased with the performances.

“As a camp we’re extremely excited with what’s going on at the moment.”

Smith continued: “I’m extremely delighted to win because we knew it was going to be a tough challenge.

“We watched Erith and thought they were going to be a very strong team, and they probably fancied their chances against us.

“But, from 1-16 we were very proud. Even the lads that didn’t get on contributed because we’ve a real good team spirit at the moment. We had a good journey up and we are massively delighted.

“We will just keep the momentum going and see where it takes us because I’ve been in football long enough to know there will be some bad times this season.

“We will enjoy where we are at the moment but I know there’s going to be tough times ahead. We have to just keep on working hard.

“Nine out of nine is fantastic but we know that in every game you have to prove yourselves and, especially in the last three matches, we’ve had to grind out results.

“Everyone will match you and your quality will only come through in those dying seconds, so you’ve to keep on working really hard.”

Windsor have been draw away to Walton & Hersham in round three on December 2 (3pm) and Smith fancies their chances.

He said: “We’re quite good away from home. People come to us and they like the surface, it’s a first class pitch, and we have an air of unpredictability going away from home.

“I quite fancy us in an away tie. The club would probably fancy a home tie but for me lets get on a coach again and have a crack at it.

“When you get to this stage the message to all the boys is one more game and we will take it as it comes, and just keep dealing with it. We’ve got nothing to lose at this stage.”

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