WINDSOR have progressed into the Combined Counties Premier Challenge Cup semi-finals this season after a 2-0 win against Horley Town on Tuesday.

A goal from Nadir Shafi on the stroke of half-time and a late Kieran Knight penalty mean Windsor have reached the last four of the competition.

A delighted player-coach Ashley Smith told the Observer: “It was good. The last time we were here (Stag Meadow) we won 6-0, but were disappointed with the result and second-half performance on Saturday.

“When you are 2-0 up against any team you want to close the game out, so we asked for a good start on Tuesday.

“We have had an equal playing field against Horley, we’ve beaten them and they have beaten us, so we knew it was going to be a tough game.

“We’re really pleased with the good start and we were solid and better in every department, which was really pleasing.”

The deadlock was broken seconds before the half-time whistle as Robert Lazarczuk broke and poked the ball forward to Shafi.

The Cox Green Sports Academy student shifted to his right to create space for a shot and curled the ball past George Hyde into the bottom corner of the goal.

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PHOTO: Windsor player-coach Ashley Smith thought his team were better in every department against Horley on Tuesday. 

“It still would have been a positive team talk at the break purely on the basis that we were strong and solid,” said Smith.

“It’s always going to be dangerous in conditions like that where they are going to have a spell or opportunities, but we dealt with their attacking threat.

“We had more quality than them and certainly a bit more bite, but a goal at that time is always really important. It gives you a lift to come out in the second-half and have something to hold on to, which I thought we managed well.”

Knight was unfortunate not to have given Windsor the lead earlier in the first-half when his chipped shot from an Ashley Smith free-kick came back off the bar.

The second-half lacked much quality though Windsor sealed the tie with a second goal on 86 minutes, thanks to the persistence of Barry Dunbar.

Dunbar pinched the ball from Hyde who later pulled him down inside the box and was cautioned.

Hyde got a hand to the spot kick, down to his left, but the ever-reliable Knight put too much power on the penalty and scored.

Smith added: “Even with the second goal at the end they never looked like threatening us.

“We could have comfortably won 1-0 but that just shows the desire for the team.

“Barry has worked the keeper and created something out of nothing, which kind of sums up the performance really.”

Windsor drew 2-2 at Farnham Town in the Premier Division on Saturday, leaving them in 10th place in the league table.

Riccardo Cannon scored twice for the visitors, but turned the ball into his own net after Andrew Ingram was sent off.

Darren Wilson scored the late equaliser for Farnham.