Micky Woodham - Winless Windsor FC are improving
By Rob Stevens • Published 21 Sep 2012 08:30 0 Comments
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Micky Woodham's Windsor FC travel to Camberley Town on Saturday (3pm) before hosting Badshot Lea on Monday (7:45pm). Picture by Chris Forsey 125466.
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MICKY Woodham has vowed to end his losing start to management and establish a new-look Windsor FC squad.
Woodham has suffered three consecutive defeats since replacing Keith Scott in the Stag Meadow hot seat on September 5.
But he insists the midweek defeat at Cove was a 'marked improvement' on previous losses against Hanworth Villa and Egham Town.
Windsor suffered heavy reverses against Hanworth and Egham - two clubs expected to challenge for the Combined Counties Premier Division title - conceding 14 goals in the process.
But Tuesday's trip to Hampshire was a far more competitive affair with Woodham's team unfortunate not to return with at least a point after a clear-cut penalty was not given.
Speaking to the Observer, Woodham said: "We are all working towards clean sheets but that does not happen in one training session.
"The team are learning bit by bit, that was evident on Tuesday night, which was a marked improvement.
"We will get there and compete but there are going to be ups and downs along the way - we have not turned a corner yet."
He continued: "Hopefully things are starting to settle down a bit. We need a platform to build on and are slowly starting to do that.
"We just need a couple of decent performances and results - that will settle the
"The quicker the guys perform the easier it is for them to keep the shirt and easier for us to build.
"There have been too many players coming in and out to coach anything yet but I am in no real rush."
New club captain Ben Harris fired Windsor into an early lead at Cove but the Wasps hit back thanks to Ben Dillon's brace and a Jake Baxter strike to take a 3-1 lead into the interval.
Tom Mudge - son of ex-Windsor & Eton boss Dave Mudge, who was in attendance at Oak Farm - netted Windsor's second on the hour mark.
Woodham commented: "I am disappointed we did not get a draw and - with a bit of luck - we might have nicked it at the death with the penalty."
"The players took on board the instructions and if we had gone in at 2-1 we might have been able to force the issue a bit."
Last weekend's drubbing at the hands of Hanworth, however, is still fresh in Woodham's memory - although he was pleased by his team's second-half performance.
Ben Wilson registered his very first Windsor goal after James Woods, Joe Johnson (2) and Dwane Antonio all found the back of the net for the Villains.
Substitutes Levi King and Leeyon Phelan - a member of Scott's regime at Stag Meadow - completed the rout.
Woodham said: "It was an ugly scoreline and the performance was not good enough.
"We gave three goals away in 20 minutes which makes staying in the game hard but the second half was much better.
"We had a 16-year-old and two 17-year-olds in the back four so it is going to be expected - the guys have done the best they could.
"In a bizarre way I was a bit happier than their manager at the end of it."
Woodham's search for a first win continues on Saturday when Windsor travel to Camberley Town (3pm kick-off) before hosting Badshot Lea on Monday night (7:45pm).
"To be honest I have not looked at Camberley's results," said Woodham, "I am just concentrating on what we are doing.
"Hopefully we can build on the second half at Cove because for 45 minutes we kept a clean sheet."
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