WINDSOR have reached the quarter-finals of the FA Vase this season after a 2-0 win against Hamble Club in the fifth round proper on Saturday.

Windsor were always comfortable over Hamble in the last-16 tie at Stag Meadow with goals either side of the break from Riccardo Cannon and man-of-the-match Jack Denton.

The home side started the brighter and were rewarded with the opening goal on 20 minutes. Denton crossed low from the right wing and Cannon flicked the ball over keeper Rory Anderson from inside six yards, It was a smart finish from the striker, who was on the turn when connecting with the ball.

Windsor could not add to their lead before the break but continued to press for goals early on in the second-half, Denton adding the second with an outstanding solo effort on 51 minutes.

Keeper Hugo Sobte had the awareness to distribute the ball quickly to Denton who raced into the Hamble half. Thanks to a smart dummy-run from Captain Keiran Knight, the attacking midfielder skipped past two defenders into the box, before unleashing a right-foot finish past Anderson.

The visitors from the Wessex League Premier Division rarely threatened the Windsor goal with Denton missing several opportunities to add further goals at the other end.

The victory, in front of 625 supporters at Stag Meadow, capped off a fine day for the Hellenic League, with Bracknell Town and Thatcham Town also reaching the final eight of the FA Vase.

Windsor player-coach Ashley Smith told the Observer: “It was our most accomplished performance in the Vase. We’ve had some good wins and tough tests but it was our first match in the latter stages at home and we turned up.

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PHOTO: Windsor player-coach Ashley Smith (left) celebrates the 2-0 win against Hamble Club in the FA Vase fifth round on Saturday. PHOTOS: Mike Swift, 180209.

“Some have said to me that Hamble did not turn up but we didn’t allow them to get a foothold in the game, we were that good.

“Our gameplan worked and that speaks volumes of the boys because they’ve executed down to a tee really.

“I was really pleased for the group. We controlled the game for the whole period and didn’t really give them a sniff.

“Without looking at the stats, they probably had two or three shots on target, and maybe three in the whole game.

“We were a lot more prolific and stronger in both boxes, which has probably been our downfall as well, because at times we’ve been excellent at it and other times pretty poor, so it was pleasing to come away with a clean sheet as well.”

Windsor boss Mick Woodham said: “I’m exhausted but great credit to the boys. I’m very proud, It was a terrific game.

“I’m very pleased for everyone here because, off the pitch, to get a crowd in like we have, there has been a lot of work put in.”

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