WINDSOR extended their brilliant winning run in all competitions to eight matches after a 2-1 victory over Woodley United in the Hellenic Premier Division on Saturday.

Former professional striker Barry Hayles gave Windsor a lead inside eight minutes at Stag Meadow, but Toby Briggs equalised for Woodley five minutes after half-time.

The home side secured all three points thanks to a Luke Brooks-Smith penalty a minute into time added on to move up to eighth position in the league table.

Windsor manager Mick Woodham told the Observer: “Woodley came into the match with a bit of form behind them as well, not so much winning but not getting beat, so we knew it would be difficult and they picked up a good win at the beginning of the week at Beaconsfield.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy and we wanted to start well because if we could start well at home it would put the opposition under pressure, and then we could dictate how we play.

“We got a very good start through Barry and then possibly should have come into half-time three goals to the good. Elliott Woodham and Barry had two very presentable chances in the six-yard area but it didn’t happen and Woodley were still in the game.

“I felt we just had to increase the tempo and intensity, and want to win the game more than they did, but it became difficult in the second-half with going down to 10-men.

“But, on reflection, the moment we went down to 10-men the boys were fantastic. They kept believing and going forward, and we didn’t sit back at all.

“Our bravery and our character shone through because we were still on the front foot and got our rewards.”

He continued: “We are trying to create a winning culture so when you are winning and on that hot streak everyone wants to be a part of it, and we certainly did not want to lose at home.

“But, to have 10-men, I thought the boys were excellent. They kept on going and believing and we certainly deserved the win because we played on the front foot and that was really pleasing.”

Windsor turn their attention to the FA Vase and a second round tie away at Erith Town this Sunday (3pm).

Woodham said: “We will not be tacking any baggage with us, we will have very clear minds, be clear in what we’re trying to do and we will be taking the game to them.

“We will be Showing them a little bit of respect but I have a bunch of boys who are keen to do well.

“Let’s keep an open mind about Sunday but away from home and facing them as difficult as it is, where are on a good run.

“It’s a national cup and we want as much exposure as we can. You have only got to look at Slough Town fro the exposure they’re getting being in a major national cup - the FA Vase is it’s little brother.

“But, what is does do is keep interest in the town and the group, and keeps everybody involved, and it is important that we carry that on, but the draw is a tough one.”

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