WINDSOR Cox Green Academy have suffered a first defeat in nine matches in the National League Alliance after a 2-1 loss against Oxford City on Wednesday.

Windsor started the Section E top of the table clash the better and a goal from Ed Port gave them the lead on 26 minutes at Stag Meadow.

However, league leaders Oxford fought back to score twice after the break and secure all three points, leaving Windsor second in the table but seven points behind.

Jack Porter is a coach at the Cox Green Academy and told the Observer: “Coming into it we knew the occasion and we were fantastic in the first half, in everything we did, in our out of possession.

VIDEO: Windsor Cox Green Academy coach Jack Porter reacts to the defeat to Oxford City.

“Certainly in the first 35 minutes we were well on top. Oxford were spending a lot of time worrying about what we were doing rather than the other way around.

“We knew Oxford would come out for the second half and be a lot stronger and sharper in every battle, but for whatever reason we didn’t seem to match what we did in the first 30 minutes.

“Ultimately they were probably a couple of soft goals that has cost us in the end.”

Commenting on goal scorer, Port, he said: “Ed is a real talented footballer. Technically he’s one of the strongest we’ve got and he has got a great engine as well.

“For him to come and get the ball on his weaker foot and have a strike like that is certainly something he can do.

“I would want him to do it on a more regular basis and that’s what he’s got to do to get to the next level.”

On the first half performance, Porter added: “Had we gone in two goals ahead or maybe more then the game becomes a little more manageable. At 1-0 it’s still so close and it doesn’t make too much difference at this level.

“More goals would have helped and it’s something we will have to look back on.”

On the second half, he said: “We switched off a little for the first goal and the second come from our attack.

“We hit them on the counter-attack and then it’s just decision making. We’ve got ourselves into a great position but maybe made the wrong pass or touch at the wrong time.

“We knew that Oxford would be a threat on the counter and they were very positive with that. As soon as they won the ball, they went from back to front really quick, and we could not get near the ball.”

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