ASHLEY SMITH admits that Windsor need to play a more mature game after suffering a third straight league defeat on Saturday.

Windsor were thumped 5-0 by Hanworth Villa at Stag Meadow where Smith believes the home team did not have the stomach for a fight.

Windsor have not won a league game in seven attempts, dating back to October 1, and have dropped to 13th position in the Combined Counties Premier Division.

They travel to Epsom & Ewell on Tuesday (7.45pm), and Smith insists Windsor need a result to help with confidence.

The player-coach told Slough Midweek Observer: “We’ve out-played Hartley Wintney for the whole game, Westfield for a half, and for 20 minutes were on top on Saturday.

“But, for me, we probably need to be a bit uglier, play a bit more matured, not worry about performance and actually get a result.

“Whether that is a point, that is a minimum for me, and as results come then we can start to develop our performance because people will have a bit more confidence.

“For me, it is not the performance it’s about young players. At the moment people will be nervous, certainly the youngsters, to make mistakes.”

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PHOTO: Rob Lazarczuk (red) has recently returned to Windsor following a spell out with injury but was helpless to prevent defeat on Saturday.

Tom Neal scored the first two goals for Hanworth on Saturday with captain Adam Baigent, Levi King and substitute Lawrie Shennan on target in the second half.

Smith commented: “It was hugely disappointing. It was certainly our worse performance of the season.

“From my perspective, all over the pitch, we were second best. In and out of possession we were very poor.

“Unfortunately, my biggest concern is we didn’t even look like we had the stomach for a fight. We looked flat so that was really disappointing to take.

“There are a lot of reasons for it but we’re not going to cry about them.

“Nine of the 16 on Saturday were under 19 years old but that’s where we are as a club at the moment. It’s not new so we can’t keep on moaning about it.

“We’ve probably moved a few players around over the last three or four weeks. It’s evident when you come up against a strong team like Hanworth, that have been together for two or three years, adding one player each year.

"We're foing that at the moment, weekly, so it's a big thing.

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PHOTO: Windsor captain Keiran Knight (red) battles against the Hanworth Villa defence at Stag Meadow.

"But, for me, regardless of how long you've been playing together, as a group or at the club, you still need to be stronger. A bit more resilient and have a little more graft about you really."

Asked if the defeat was another step on the players' learning curve, or whether more stringent action was needed, Smith said: "It's football so the sooner they get used to it the better.

"It will happen to Hanworth this season, I don't doubt that, it's probably why they're at this level, there is always an inconsistency.

"It is hard to take and it's a reality check because the playing surface was great, but it was a wet, miserable and cold afternoon, but that's football.

"The best summer months and playing conditions are gone. We're going to be sin for this for the next three or four months.

"You will see which players have probably got the git and determination.

"We know they're going to have good days and bad because that's what happens with young players. It's just a matter of how you pull through, and how Mick and I manage that."

He added: "The one thing we don't want to do is keep on changing players. We need to get consistency in the squad selection, with people knowing how to play in the unit and the players next to them.

"We're not in a position to get the check book out and go and sign someone, so we need to grind it out.

"We've not played that bad this year so it's a simple one for me, it can't get any worse.

"It's good that we have not got to wait a week or two, we can get back into it on Tuesday night, and we've got to turn the corner."