WINDSOR player-coach Ashley Smith is confident that his side can surprise Stockton Town in the quarter-finals of the FA Vase on February 24.

Windsor reached the last eight of the national competition after a 2-0 win against Hamble Club at Stag Meadow on Saturday.

Stockton progressed into the quarter-finals with a 3-0 home victory over Stourport Swifts and are currently in 10th position in Northern League Division One.

Smith knows it will be a tough test for Windsor, but he has backed the team to relish in the role of underdogs once again.

He told the Observer: “Someone told me Stockton are second favourites, but it we turn up, get the day right and play to the conditions and environment, then we’ve certainly got a good opportunity.

“We had success in away ties but when we controlled and dominated the game on Saturday, it would have been nice to be at home.

“But, for a national cup competition, it’s always good to have an away tie for the boys to experience, be on the road together and have an overnight stay, which will certainly galvanise us.

“We will look forward to the challenge and have nothing to prove. We’re the least favourites for the competition so everyone is expecting them to beat us.

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PHOTO: Windsor celebrate their win in the FA Vase in front of supporters at Stag Meadow on Saturday. PICS: Mike Swift, 180209.

“We will certainly give them a little bit of a surprise when we turn up. There’s not going to be a huge gulf in class that’s for sure.

“If we prepare properly and turn up then we will be very confident.”

Windsor return to action in the Hellenic Premier Division with a visit to Stag Meadow from leaders Highworth Town this Saturday (3pm).

MK Dons then make the journey in the quarter-finals of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup next Wednesday (7.45pm).

Smith said: “To say that we are now in February and still in four cup competitions is fantastic, and within the next week we might have a say on who might go on to win the league.

“It’s a good time at the club and the cup competitions will certainly help and keep everyone hungry until the end of the season, and I think everyone is enjoying it at the moment.”

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