WINDSOR are through to the last-16 of the FA Vase this season after a come-from-behind 3-1 win away at Eastbourne Town on Saturday.

A goal from Evan Archibald on 27 minutes gave Eastbourne the lead at The Saffrons, where a crowd of 596 including around 90 Windsor supporters watched the fourth round tie.

Windsor levelled through a Kieran Knight penalty on 73 minutes and went ahead when substitute Nadir Shafi scored three minutes from time.

Fellow sub Matt Stockhill made sure of the win with a third Windsor goal seven minutes into time added on.

It is the furthest Windsor have ever gone in the Vase and their reward is a fifth round tie at home to Wessex League Premier Division side Hamble Club on Saturday, February 3 (3pm).

A delighted Windsor manager Mick Woodham told the Observer: “It feels amazing. I am just so pleased and delighted for the players and everyone connected with the club.

“It was a massive effort and what a day. We’ve had a great crowd and amazing support. The players have stuck at it and for an away performance it was absolutely first class.

“The players got everything right in terms of executing the gameplan, showing their quality at times and their character as well, so it’s an unbelievable feeling.

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PHOTO: Matt Stockill celebrates after scoring the third goal at Eastbourne Town on Saturday.

“We fully deserve to be in the last-16 as well. No disrespect to anyone but I felt we deserved it on the day and they would be the first to admit that.

“For an away team we started like steam trains. We had a very good first 20 minutes but expected the opposite. That didn’t happen and we were in charge until Eastbourne scored.

“They scored against the run of play but did that effect us or did we panic? No. We still had chances after they scored and went in at half-time with a bit of belief.

“But, funnily enough in the second-half, Eastbourne showed what a good side they are for 20 minutes and we had to ride the storm. We didn’t panic and stayed together then our chances came.

“If we get one goal then we will get two because we’re a tough team to beat away from home. It opened up for us because Eastbourne have got to go and find something, but we’ve got players that can do some damage.

“Nadir played a cameo role but got himself a goal and showed great awareness to put Matt in so you can’t ask for much more than that.

“It wasn’t Nadir’s day at Walton & Hersham but on Saturday he showed everyone why he is a our leading goalscorer and a good player, but he’s got to move on now.”

He continued: “We can reflect on how it makes me feel at the end of the season, but what I want is for the group to succeed and I will push them and set them challenges.

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PHOTO: Windsor supporters celebrate the win in the FA Vase fourth round proper.

“Do we cross over the line a few times? Yes, emotions get carried away and we get cross and upset with each other, but I want to push this group on because where we’re going now is uncharted territory.

“It is not about what I’m doing, it’s about the group. They need to be pushed and challenged and they will, and we will see the results.

“I think we can go all the way, I’ve no doubt. We came up against a good side on Saturday and will they get harder? Yes, but we want to challenge ourselves against different clubs, at other grounds and with different supporters.

“It’s a fantastic journey and one that we are going to enjoy and embrace in equal amount.”

On the travelling Windsor support, Windsor said: “They were fantastic. They’ve all put their hands in their pockets with an early start in the morning, a lot of them on the train, and there was a good crowd here.

“The noise they were making was brilliant and what a fantastic day for the club again, and I thank every one of them for coming down and following us.”

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