WINDSOR are through to the second round proper of the FA Vase following a 5-2 win at Flackwell Heath on Saturday.

Flackwell took the lead inside the opening 60 seconds at Wilks Park when Dean Allen netted from the penalty spot.

But, goals from Keiron Knight, Luke Brooks-Smith and Ashley Smith gave Windsor a clear lead at the half-time interval, before Riccardo Cannon added a fourth after the break.

Thomas Willment pulled a goal back for Flackwell from the penalty spot but Jack Denton added a fifth goal for Windsor to ensure victory in the all-Hellenic Premier Division first round tie.

Windsor manager Mick Woodham told the Observer: “It was a very good performance. We got off to an unfortunate start but these things happen in football.

“It gave us the entire match to get back into the tie and we did that, and at half time we were feeling good about ourselves.

“We won the second half as well so overall it was very pleasing.

“To score five goals at Flackwell gives the guys who are scoring a boost, and the whole team. It was a very good afternoon for us.

“We wanted to win and progress in a national competition and Flackwell can have no complaints about the result.”

Their reward is a second round tie at Southern Counties East League Premier Division club Erith Town on Sunday, November 12, and Woodham is pleased to have been drawn away from home.

He said: “Our only opportunity to watch Erith was on Wednesday and they’re a good side. They came to watch us at Burnham on Tuesday so we returned the favour.

“It will be an interesting tie, they’re strong for a step five club, so we will have to keep the momentum going.

“The national cups give you the chance to raise your profile and there’s an element of excitement and surprise when the draw is made.

“It’s a good draw for us and it could have been a lot worse because there are some very good sides still in the competition in our region.

 “I’m happy with the away draw, it’s what I wanted, because we seem to be more effective and efficient away from home at the moment.

“We will take the cup competitions when they come our way, but we will get judged on points so it was important to win on Tuesday. The cup games are more about what happens on the day.”

Windsor return to Flackwell Heath for a Challenge Cup second round tie this Saturday (3pm) before hosting Newport Pagnell Town in round two of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Woodham commented: “We want to go back to Flackwell Heath on Saturday and, if there was any doubt about the result last weekend, win again, that would be a sweet victory.

“We will try to win the game if we can and take that into Newport on Tuesday. We want to respect that competition because we worked so hard at Chalfont in the previous round to get this far.”

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