WINDSOR manager Mick Woodham insists that his side will start as underdogs in the FA Vase fifth round proper tie against Hamble Club on Saturday.

Windsor have recovered from falling a goal behind in three of the last four rounds to reach the last-16 of the competition, showing togetherness and a never say day attitude in the process.

Hamble are in their first season in the Wessex League Premier Division having won Division One last season, and their manager Ben Kneller believes the Vase run has worked wonders for the club.

Windsor have home advantage this Saturday, but Woodham has often preferred an away tie, and he is keen to heap the pressure on the visitors to Stag Meadow.

VIDEO: Mick Woodham previews the FA Vase fifth round proper tie between Windsor and Hamble Club at Stag Meadow this Saturday (3pm).

Woodham told the Observer: “We made use of our time on Saturday afternoon with the Longlevens game being off, so we went down to have a look at Hamble Club.

“To their credit it was a lousy day with a strong wind and heavy rain, and Hamble came away winning game, as well as trying to play decent football on a slippery and very wet pitch.

“You never quite know what we learn, and I’m sure if Hamble had watched us over the last two weeks, they would say the same thing, but we took enough away from it I think.

“It’s just nice to go and get a feel for the club and we enjoyed our couple of hours down there.

“Hamble have got goal scorers in their group, that’s pretty clear, but when you look at their league form it probably mirrors ours. We look almost identical.

“We haven’t scored as many goals as them but, looking at them on Saturday, you can see how they do score goals.

“We also looked at Hamble on a YouTube package against Andover, so we know what threats they carry and we’re going to have to be very well prepared.”

He continued: “Windsor Football Club has been going for six years so this is the biggest cup game in our currently history, and that’s not over-egging it.

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PHOTO: (l-r) Luke Brooks-Smith, Andrew Ingram, Matt Stockill and Haydon Clack celebrate the 3-1 win at Eastbourne Town in round four of the FA Vase.

“If you look at what the club has done over the six years, this has to be the biggest cup game for the new club, or the beginning.

“It’s a big weekend and game for everyone and once we both got through everything gets bigger.

“Hamble had a very good result in the last round and that needs to be respected.”

On getting to the fifth round, Woodham said: “What we must not forget is the first two rounds were at Stag Meadow.

“We played Devizes and Whitchurch so that seems a long time ago in this competition.

“We’ve had the first two rounds at home and then went to Flackwell Heath, Erith, Walton & Hersham and Eastbourne, and we’ve enjoyed ourselves away from home.

“I think the coach trips galvanise everyone and we’ve had some very with very good characters.

“It’s quite bizarre because when you look at our performances in the Vase, we’ve had to go a goal down away from home before we actually get started in two or three games.

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PHOTO: One Windsor supporter sets off a flare with the green and red Windsor colours after the 3-1 win at Eastbourne Town.

“When we are at Stag Meadow we go in front but can’t hold onto it, so we’ve got to be mindful of that.

“We are meeting up elsewhere so we’re trying to stay free from distraction, and we just want the group to be together.

“We can enjoy each others company and get set for the game, and then come down to the ground with a clear head, sharp minds and see where it takes us.”

Looking on the competition as a whole, he added: “It’s all about the players.

“The club will naturally have it’s profile raised, but for me it’s about how far the players can go and if they keep on progression in a national competition it’s only going to enhance their own profile.

“So on that side of things I’m delighted. the longer we stay in it I believe they boys will benefit, and that’s my sole aim really because the club will take care of itself.”

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