ASHLEY Smith has explained how Windsor treated the Premier Challenge Cup tie against Horley Town on Tuesday as a final in order to keep their season alive.

With 14 matches to play in the Combined Counties Premier Division, Windsor sit comfortably in mid-table and on course to better their points tally from last season.

Smith identified the league cup as a way to prolong their season and Windsor beat Horley 2-0 with goals by Nadir Shafi and captain Keiran Knight to reach the semi-finals.

“Where we are in the league, we need something like this to keep us challenged and motivated until the end of the year.” the player-coach told the Observer.

“That was the message on Tuesday. This was our biggest game of the season. Yes it’s the league cup but it keeps us and our season going.

“I’ve been in too many campaigns where you get to February and you have nothing to play for, so we said this was going to progress and prolong our season.

“That was the message for us, it was a cup final for us, and that came across on the pitch.”

Commenting on the win, Smith added: “With a young team that’s generally what you will lack, a performance and a result.

“There have been many times this year where we have been the better team and lost.

“You expect inconsistency but for me it was quite a mature performance. We stuck to the gameplan so they’re learning."