WINDSOR have progressed into the FA Vase fourth round this season after a 2-1 win away at Walton & Hersham on Saturday.

A goal from Malachi Thomas on 72 minutes gave Combined Counties Premier Division club Walton & Hersham the lead in the third round tie at the Elmbridge Sports Club.

Bradley Pearce equalised for Windsor three minutes from the end of normal time and the teen star fired in the winner two minutes into stoppage time.

Pearce told the Observer: “When they scored we thought it was over, as soon as the goal went in because none of our team was working back, but that first goal got us back on our feet and then we just kept on challenging them.

“They didn’t have any chances after a first goal, we just put all the pressure on and got our second goal.

“We thought we were comfortable but as soon as they scored we realised that we needed to get back in the game. When we scored we started to play football again and were not always going long.

“Everyone was very confident before the match, we all thought we were going to win and there were no doubters.

“We were a bit under pressure in the first-half. They had a lot of chances and we didn’t really start the game well but we got back into it in the second-half.

“I’m very pleased with my two goal. The first goal could have been debatable, was it deserved, but we definitely deserved the second and to win the game.

“This team keeps on challenging because we’ve always got chances to get back into games.”

He continued: “Last year I scored to get the Under-18s into the semi-finals of a cup. That meant a lot but this, scoring two goals to win when we were behind, is a lot to take in.

“I fractured my ankle in the summer and this is only my fourth or fifth game back, so getting the two goals will really help me kick on.”

The reward for Windsor is a fourth round tie away at Southern Combination Premier Division club Eastbourne Town on Saturday, January 6.

Windsor return to action in the Hellenic Premier Division with a short trip to Bracknell Town on Tuesday (7.45pm) before returning to Stag Meadow for the visit of Thatcham Town on Saturday (3pm). 

Grab a copy of the Observer this Friday for the match report and pictures plus more reaction.