WINDSOR boss Mick Woodham admits he could not stand in the way as Adam Kirby left the club for Chalfont St Peter last week.

Kirby, 25, decided on a move to the Southern Division One Central leaders after two-and-a-half years at Windsor.

The central defender won two Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy titles and was appointed club captain for his leadership qualities on and off the pitch.

Woodham would have wanted to keep Kirby at Stag Meadow until the end of the season at least, but praised the player for his improvement.

He told the Observer: "Adam has become an established step five defender with us over the years. He has become very consistent and a good footballer.

"The chance to to go Chalfont is one I wouldn't have chosen at this stage, but it has become available. We had a seven-day approach from Aylesbury and recently trained with Chalfont. They're looking for a centre back and it fell into place really.

"When the opportunity comes a players way to step up no-one is going to stand in their way. The challenge now for Adam is to earn himself a place in the Chalfont starting line-up and he has all the tools to do that.

"Left-sided centre backs don't come around very often and that's why they were all after Adam.

"For us, it's an opportunity for someone else and we are not shy of putting kids in either."

Windsor have now appointed keeper Carl Dennison as new club captain, and Woodham is looking for improvement after a 1-1 draw with Spelthorne Sports on Saturday.

Woodham said: "Carl is a real leader and a strong character. He has now played 20 games in a row, so touch wood he's over his injuries.

"Carl is a big personality and he looks like he's getting stronger with every game, and we're looking for stability."

He continued: “Neither team deserved to lose [on Saturday] really and I’m not sure either deserved to win. It was a good game played in a good spirit and both sides had chances.

“With the chances we had, we could have won the game, particularly just before they scored, but on the day it was a good point all-round.

“It was always going to take time and we have still not got that bit of consistency. There are areas of our game we still need to improve if possible. If we just tweak a few things then the performances will be at the level we are looking at."

Looking ahead to the visit to second-placed Ashford Town (Middx) on December 28 (1pm), Woodham said: “It will be a difficult game but we will go there with no fear in be in good shape. We know what to expect, Ashford have got some quality, but I have faith in the boys to go there and match it."