MICK Woodham has set his sights on a top-five finish with Windsor in the Hellenic Premier Division as the season reached its half-way point on Saturday.

Windsor are currently in 11th position in the league table with 28 points from 19 matches after a 0-0 draw away at Wantage Town on Saturday.

Their success in cup competitions, in particular reaching the fourth round proper of the FA Vase, has left them with games in hand on the sides above.

Windsor will compete in four different cup competitions in January but, with six league fixtures scheduled between now and the end of next month, Woodham has called on his side not to lose their focus.

Speaking to the Observer, the Windsor manager explained: “There’s no point in giving up on the league because that’s what we will be judged on at the end of the season.

“The message to the boys is that the cup competitions will come to an end for us soon so we’ve got to keep our league season alive.

“There’s a lot of football to be played in January and we have all four cup competitions to deal with as well. January and February are going to be tough months but if we’re hoping to get fifth or sixth position then we need to apply ourselves.

“The top four have a bit too much about them so the top five has got to be our aim and I don’t think that’s unreasonable.

“We left the Combined Counties Premier Division in mid-table and now we’re mid-table in another league, so perhaps that’s what we are.

“We could be in sixth, seventh or eighth position but we’ve dropped silly points this season, especially at home, so we are where we are.

“We’re chasing fifth or sixth position so we’ve got to work hard whenever we play and our consistency has to be on it every week.”

Windsor won their first point in three matches after a 0-0 draw at Wantage on Saturday and Woodham is delighted with the result.

He said: “We didn’t want to go into Christmas with three defeats so it was important to get something. The message for us was not to get beat so I’m very pleased with that.

“We were out-played at Bracknell which is fair enough but unfortunate against Thatcham, so our confidence was still high and the performance on Saturday was decent.

“Wantage went into the match in third position and we are in mid-table with a run of two defeats that we had to stop, so to come away with a point has to be respected.

“Wantage perhaps expected to win with their very good home record so I’m delighted with a clean sheet and an away point. We failed to score but we got a clean sheet.

“There was not pressure on us because we’re a mid-table team and perhaps not expected to win, but we had to stem the run of two defeats and our performance deserved a draw.

“Wantage had two or three very good opportunities that they did not take and we did not have as many, one or two really, so neither team looked like scoring on the day.

“We put two more strikers on the pitch which showed our intent but on the day it didn’t happen for us.

Windsor can leapfrog Brackley Town Saints with a win at Stag Meadow this Saturday (3pm), before making the short trip to Ascot United on Boxing Day (3pm).

Woodham said: “Brackley beat us 3-1 earlier in the season and gave us the runaround so we’ve got work to do.

“We will go for the win because we need to get back to winning ways and hopefully that will start on Saturday.

We need to turn up and show Brackley what we really can do and then build on that moving forward.”

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