MICK Woodham has challenged Windsor to do themselves proud when they face Eastbourne Town in the fourth round proper of the FA Vase this Saturday (3pm).

Windsor have beaten Devizes Town, Whitchurch United, Flackwell Heath, Erith Town and Walton & Hersham to reach round four for the first time since the club was founded in 2011.

Eastbourne have eliminated Corinthian and Beckenham Town, and reached the fifth round of the Vase in 1976.

The yellows have been playing in the Southern Combination Premier Division since 2014 and are currently in third position, five points behind leaders Haywards Heath Town.

The bookmakers make Eastbourne firm favourites to win the tie and Woodham knows the home side will be a tough nut to crack at The Saffrons.

However, Windsor are sure to be backed by a boisterous travelling support that Woodham believes his side can use as motivation to raise their game and go out with no regrets.

The Windsor boss told the Observer: “We’ve got a little bit on Eastbourne but, like everything else, we will focus on what we can do. It’s up to us to go out and play and see how it all unfolds.

“I’m hoping we can bring a level of performance that we’ve not yet reached because the further you go you need to up the performance levels.

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PHOTO: Windsor (red and white) defender Andrew Ingram scored in the 2-1 win against Lydney Town on Saturday.

“Our aim is to be as good as we can be and go out their with no regrets. The message to the boys is simple, to turn up and do everyone justice.

“Eastbourne don’t give away goals too easily, they’ve conceded the least amount in their league, so they will be a tough nut to crack.

“As a club, we’ve not gone this far in the Vase before but if you spend too much time worrying about stats and statistics you will get nowhere. We have to want to win more than they do.

“Games come thick and fast so there’s not too much time to reflect but our aim is to stay in every cup competition for as long as we can.”

Woodham continued: “The support from our fans has been brilliant. We’ve had very good support at Walton & Hersham in the previous round and good support at Erith and Flackwell before that.

“For the supporters to put their hands in their pockets at this time of year is fantastic.

“A percentage of us are staying overnight so we’ve got to give them something to celebrate. We’ve got to make their weekends and the boys can use that for motivation as well.”

Windsor returned to winning form with a 2-1 victory over Lydney at Stag Meadow on Saturday, leaving them in eighth position in the Hellenic Premier Division table.

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PHOTO: Windsor forward Gus Bowles in possession at Stag Meadow on Saturday.

Goals from Andrew Ingram and Riccardo Cannon gave Windsor a clear lead at the break, before Lewis Halford pulled one back for Lydney four minutes from time.

Woodham commented: "I'm pleased with the result and the performance. It was important to win after the previous result and performance at Ascot.

"We started on the front foot and on another day could have run away with it had their keeper not had a good day.

"We spoke with the boys about the importance of getting a result on Saturday and I'm pleased for all of us.

"What was delivered on Boxing Day was way below the levels we want and ask for, and the boys recognised that. They're a good group and the reaction we got was expected because they are decent footballers."

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